Spruced up oat cookies


Day 38 – Getting my bake on

When I got home from work this afternoon I had a strong craving for something sweet, some muffins, some cake or some cookies, so I decided to raid the kitchen and see what I could rustle up whilst trying to keep it moderately healthy. After some deliberation I settled on some oat cookies full of lemon and orange zest, apricots, hazelnuts and for a little indulgence some white and dark chocolate, because what’s life without a little chocolate?

I found a basic recipe over at bbcgoodfood, a starting point for any foodie out there, but I went about adapting and changing to what I like in oat cookies, and also what was in the cupboards. I increased the citrus content and add a few extras (read chocolate) and here is the final outcome.

Oat Cookies

Fruit, nut and chocolate oat cookies with a citrus zing 


  • 100g butter at room temperature
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 mashed ripe banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g light soft brown sugar
  • Zest of one orange and one lemon
  • 100g wholemeal flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100g rolled oats
  • A handful of dried apricots
  • A handful of hazelnuts
  • A handful (and some) of dark and white chocolate


1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Cream the butter and sugar together until well blended and smooth.

2. Beat in the banana, vanilla extract and egg. Add the zest and mix well with a wooden spoon until  it’s all mixed well together.

3. In another bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder, oats, hazelnuts, dried apricots and chocolate chips.



4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet and mix well until it all comes together.

5. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Drop heaped tbsps onto the sheet, leaving a space around each one, and flatten them a little.



6. Bake for 15-20 mins until lightly browned. EAT and enjoy


I hope you like the recipe, what are you favourite healthy(ish) cookies?


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