The healthiest cookies I have ever baked

The healthiest cookies I have ever baked

I don't bake cookies often. Just one simple reason - the quantity of butter that most cookie recipes ask for, totally intimidates me. But a few weeks ago, I was baking cookies for days in a row, starting with these unbelievably healthy flourless, butterless, eggless and almost sugarless cookies which I stumbled upon on 101cookbooks.

I adapted slightly, adding a little honey to sweeten them up a bit, as it was for the kids in the playgroup. The teacher wrote me a note saying they were delicious and no one wanted to share them with anyone. So much for the notion that nothing healthy can ever be delicious.

Thanks Nikki for sharing it with us butter-phobics via Heidi's blog.

The healthiest cookies I have ever baked

Oats - Banana - Almond - Chocolate cookies

Makes around 3 dozen bite sized cookies

Time taken - under 30 minutes

The healthiest cookies I have ever bakedI don't bake cookies often. Just one simple reason - the quantity of butter that most cookie recipes ask for, totally intimidates me. But a few weeks ago, I was baking cookies for days in a row, starting with these unbelievably healthy flourless, butterless, eggless and almost sugarless cookies whic...

Summary

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    Ingredients

    Bananas, peeled and mashed (riper, the better)
    3
    Vanilla or almond extract
    1 tsp
    Rice bran oil
    1/4 cup
    Oats 
    2 cups
    Almonds - roughly pulsed in mixer [if allergic to nuts, use cornmeal instead].
    1/4 cup
    Scraped coconut, fresh or frozen (if frozen, microwave for 30 seconds to soften it).
    1/3 cup
    Honey or brown sugar.
    4 tbsps
    Cinnamon.
    1/2 teaspoon
    Salt.
    1/2 teaspoon
    Baking powder.
    1 teaspoon
    Chocolate bar, chopped roughly [ Morde or Selbourne is good.]
    150-200 grams

    Steps

    1. Preheat oven at 175 Celsius.
    2. In a large bowl, combine mashed bananas, vanilla extract and oil with a whisk.
    3. In another bowl, mix all dry ingredients except the chocolate.
    4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mix until combined.
    5. Stir in the chocolate chunks at the end.
    6. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. If you have a smaller oven, bake in batches convenient to you.
    7. Drop heaped teaspoon fulls of cookie dough keeping an inch of space between the cookies.
    8. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
    9. These will be chewy when cooled.

    Notes:

    These make a perfect healthy snack for you or your kids. Also simple enough and non messy to bake together with young kids.

    The batch I sent to school, I skipped the almonds as some kids could be allergic to tree nuts. The cornmeal worked well in that. Another batch I baked with almonds, that had a beautiful flavour and crunch, to which I added almond extract.

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