The other day I was craving a little, biscuity snack, and rather than reading 43 256 labels to try and find something decent and semi-healthy at the supermarket, I figured I'd just bake my own! So I did some searching and came across this recipe from Teresa Cutter - The Healthy Chef, and adapted it a little to suit my taste.
This one really is a very quick and simple recipe; great for those afternoon snacks, and even for healthy kids' lunch boxes. And like everything else I like to prepare, it took me 10 minutes the whip these up and the oven did the rest.
Oats can be a very healthy food (for those who can tolerate them); full of fibre and other essential nutrients - you can read everything you wanted to know about oats here. Combined in this recipe with healthy fats (nuts, coconut and olive oil), lots of spices and only a little sweetener from raw honey, these are actually a pretty healthy snack.
- 1.5 cups organic rolled oats
- 1/2 cup organic desiccated coconut + a little extra for sprinkling at the end
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- 1 TB ginger powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
- 2 1/2 TB olive oil (you can also use melted coconut oil)
- 2 TB honey (raw or manuka)
- 2 tsp (good quality) vanilla extract
- 2-3 TB water (depending on you mixture)
NOTE: the original recipe had less than half the amount of spices, but I like strong flavours and LOVE ginger so I increased it.
- Preheat oven to 170C ;
- Blitz the dry ingredients: oats, almonds, coconut and spices in a blender - but not too much, you don't want it to be a powder consistency (I used my nutri-bullet here);
- In a separate bowl, combine the honey, oil and vanilla extract;
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir;
- Add water - 1 TB at a time - if your mixture is a little dry. Basically, you want it to be firm enough to roll into balls but not too dry;
- Roll approx. 1 TB of mixture at a time into balls and place onto a lined baking tray;
- When you have all the balls of dough on the tray, press down lightly with the back of a spoon or fork to flatten, and sprinkle each one with a little coconut;
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes;
- Once baked, let cool for 15 minutes (until they form up).
Makes 12-16 cookies.