Oatmeal cookies with Chocolate & Cranberries

After a bit of an absence, I decided to pick up my whisk and switch on my oven again. ¬†Also because I felt like baking this afternoon ūüôā ¬†Inspired by Sandra Bekkari, ¬†I set off on my latest baking experiment.

This recipe took me about the time to heat up the oven, so it is quick and easy to prepare, and maybe even good to make with your kids?  Seeing there is no added sugar (or any sugar for that matter) in these, and are made of oats, these biscuits can be considered as a healthy snack or dessert.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 50gr of oats
  • 25gr coconut flakes
  • a handful of dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 25gr of chocolate – you can use either dark or milk chocolate for this, I used what I had which was milk chocolate with whole hazelnuts
  • 10gr of coconut oil (optional)

Method:

Start with preheating your oven on 170 degrees celsius,  I also switched on the fan, for more equal baking.

Now to prepare your ingredients:  peel the banana and mash this with a fork. I like using ripe bananas, so this is ideal to use up any bananas turning brown. They are also easier to mash up.

Cut the dried cranberries in quarters, and chop the chocolate in small pieces.  I also ran a knife through the coconut flakes as some were a bit larger than other flakes.

Weigh 50 grammes of oats, and add to the banana mash.  Weigh also the chia seeds, as they will add some extra fiber to these cookies.  Mix these well, it may take you a few minutes to do this!

IMG_20171011_181912Then add on the cranberries, coconut flakes and chocolate bits, and mix again.  If you like the cookies to be a bit harder and crunchier, you can add on the coconut oil at this point too.

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Take a baking tray and put a sheet of baking paper on this.  Then mould the cookie dough into round balls and flatten them a bit to resemble a cookie rather than a ball.  If you like them to be more even, you can flatten the mix to a sheet and cut out cookies with a cookie cutter, but when I bake homemade goodies, I like the more artisanal look of them.

Once your oven is hot, then slide in your cookies and bake for a good 15 to 20 minutes.  Once ready, take them out of the oven and let them cool down. This is important to let the chocolate harden up again.

I found this recipe easy to prepare, and follow, and I was pleasantly surprised with how delicious these smell!

Enjoy!

 

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