When I got out of bed this morning, I decided that today was going to involve some baking. To be honest:
- I’m sick at home…which means bed rest…which means boredom…catch my drift?
- I had a bar of Ghiradelli dark chocolate in the fridge that was screaming to be made into chocolate chips
- How else will I be able to enjoy some cookie dough??
- Unlike cakes, I don’t have to wait for
an eternityages until they’re ready 😆
- When do you ever need an excuse to bake cookies???
Despite this being a ‘healthy’ blog, these cookies contain butter…and sugar…and white flour…and chocolate chips
They also contain
- Oats: cholesterol-lowering
- Walnuts: omega 3’s
- Raisins: contain phenols which prevent oxygen-based damage to cells in the body
Okay, okay the ‘redeeming’ list above was a joke. But in all seriousness, I wouldn’t say these cookies are ‘unhealthy’. Being home-made and containing whole, real ingredients, these are far healthier than any low-calorie biscuit you’ll purchase at the supermarket. And anyways, isn’t that what healthy is all about… eating nutritiously 80% of time so that you can enjoy treats during the remaining 20% of time?? Just try and resist the urge to eat the whole batch! 😉
I called these cookies ‘Packed Oatmeal Cookies’…because each bite packed with pure deliciousness.
Packed Oatmeal Cookies
Makes 30 cookies
- 1 ¾ cup (140g) Oats
- ¾ cup (94g) All-purpose flour
- 1 tspn vanilla essence
- 1 stick (100g) unsalted butter
- ½ cup (110g) brown sugar
- 1 tspn cinnamon
- 1 egg
- ½ tspn salt
- ½ tspn baking soda
- ½ cup (75g) dark chocolate chips (or 75g dark chocolate chopped up)
- 1/3 cup (50g) raisins
- 1/3 cup (33g) walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 375
- Mix together the dry ingredients: oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, chocolate chips, raisins, and walnuts and put aside.
- In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add an egg & vanilla essence and stir together well. Mix in the dry ingredients and keep stirring until they all seem nicely acquainted.
- Scoop out tablespoons of dough onto a baking tray and flatten out. Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.