2 ½ Tablespoons golden flax meal (an egg replacer)
6 Tablespoons water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1-2 pinches cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
1 cup (2 sticks) Earth Balance margarine, room temp
1-3 teaspoons vanilla, almond or orange extract, I've use them all and all are great!
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices in a medium mixing bowl.
Beat the Earth Balance in a separate medium mixing bowl until softened. Beat in the flax meal mixture until well combined and then add your vanilla/almond extract then adding the sugar. Mix in the flour with a rubber spatula then mix on low for 5 seconds. The batter will be thick and believe me when I say that this is where the muscles come in unless you plan to use a counter top mixer, which isn't completely necessary.
Stir in the oats, cranberries and pecans. In my opinion, just wash your hands really well and dig in to get everything combined really well. It's the quickest way to reach your end goal, delicious cookies!