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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 

Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

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.

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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.

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

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

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