If you have friends with dietary restrictions, this recipe is pretty accommodating. By replacing the almonds or coconut with plain oats and replacing the butter with a dairy-free margarine, this is an easy, nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan-friendly treat.
Nutty Oat Shortbread
- 3 cups plain rolled oats
- 1 cup roasted almonds or unsweetened coconut shreds
- ½ cup melted butter
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup birch syrup
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- Heat oven to 350° F and grease an 8-inch-square pan.
- In a blender or food processor, grind oats and nuts/coconut into a coarse flour. (A few unground oats are perfectly fine.) In a mixing bowl, mix the coarse flour with salt, and then add the butter, sugar, and syrup. Stir until combined, then press firmly into prepared pan. Cover with foil and bake for 20–25 minutes, until the edges are browned.
- After pulling the shortbread out of the oven, immediately cut into pieces. Allow to cool in the pan until just cool enough to handle, and then remove to cool completely on a rack. Serve at room temperature.