My toddler has a pronounced sweet tooth and it is almost impossible to walk her past the cookie and biscuit aisle unscathed. While Tim Tams, Anzacs and co. might be an effective temporary solution to placate a whingeing 2-year old and prevent a mortifying tantrum, they aren’t exactly what the doctor ordered. Needless to say, this doesn’t only apply to kids but to adults as well. Store-bought cookies and biscuits are loaded with processed ingredients, industrial oils and refined sugar. Moreover, white flour (and yes, this applies to “gluten free” items as well that are essentially all refined starch) is nutritionally deplete and its only benefit is the benefit for the manufacturer – by making you eat more than you want or need. Healthy cookies seem to be a contradiction in itself, but I am here to rescue you with my clean oatmeal & raisin cookies.
These babies have four ingredients and require five minutes prep time. Loaded with valuable plant-based protein, slow-burning natural sugars, fibre, minerals, and vitamins, they are incredibly tasty and just perfect for when you’re feeling sluggish (and even when you’re not!). They are completely vegan (hence dairy and egg free), gluten free, soy free and nut free and don’t contain any nasties whatsoever. So what’s their secret? Oats and bananas!
In fact, making healthy cookies out of rolled oats and ripe bananas is nothing new. Social media are literally swarming with this concept, so I didn’t exactly invent it myself. I just played around with the ratios and then added some raisins and cinnamon. I was absolutely blown away by the result so if you are interested in some truly clean oatmeal & raisin cookies, here’s my solution. And guess what – my kid loves them and I love them too! (They are husband approved, too.)
Clean Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies
1 (rounded) cup rolled oats (certified gf if required)
2 ripe bananas
a handfull of raisins or sultanas
1 tbsp cinnamon to taste
Preheat oven to 180 °C and line a cookie sheet with baking paper. Mix all ingredients until you reach a homogenic and malleable mass. You don’t need a blender for this, just your hands and some elbow grease. Shape 12 ping-pong ball sized balls and press them flat into a classic cookie shape. Place on the sheet and bake for roughly 15 minutes or until lightly golden on top. Let cool completely, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days (if they last that long).