Ciara’s Oaty Crunch Cookies

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I absolutely LOVE oats. They’re an essential cupboard ingredient for me – I love baking with them and of course, using them in my breakfasts, especially Overnight Oats! This week, I decided to get a little creative and come up with a new cookie recipe using oats as the key ingredient – I’m delighted to share the success with you guys! Let’s bake!

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Recipe (Makes 10 Cookies)

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp dessicated coconut
  • 2 tbsp oil (you could use olive oil or rapeseed oil or coconut oil! I had a fresh jar of tahini so I used the oil from the top of that)
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 50ml milk of choice
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 200g of quick cook oats
  • 1 handful of dried fruit (I used raisins and cranberries)
  • 1 handful of seeds (I used pumpkin seeds, but I also love flax and chia seeds)
  • 1 handful of raw mixed nuts, roughly chopped
  • Optional: Dark chocolate chips would also be delicious in these cookies!

Method

  1. Preheat the oven of 175C (fan oven), and line a flat baking tray with greaseproof paper or tinfoil greased with a little oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients – oats, dried fruit, mixed nuts, seeds, dessicated coconut, cinnamon and baking powder.
  3. Mash the bananas in a separate small bowl until almost liquid like, then tip the mashed banana into your big bowl of dry ingredients.
  4. Add the rest of the wet ingredients – oil, milk, maple syrup/honey and nut butter.
  5. Get a large spoon and mix everything up, ensuring all of the wet and dry ingredients are combined.
  6. Time to get creative with shapes! If you have a cookie cutter in your house, definitely use that to shape your cookies by adding spoonfuls of batter into the cutter on your tray. If you don’t have one, just scoop a spoonful of batter out onto the tray and spread it a little so it’s a rounded shape. Then repeat for the rest of the cookies! I made 12 using my batter, but you could make them smaller and make more if you like.
  7. Bake the cookies for 20-25 minutes, turning the direction of the tray halfway through. Check them at 20 minutes – if a fork stuck into the centre of the cookies comes out clean you’re good to remove them from the oven!
  8. Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes before tucking in!
  9. You can freeze these cookies too if you make a big batch – otherwise store them in a tupperware for 4-5 days.

Enjoy guys! Tag me if you try this recipe out – @theirishbalance on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook!

Ciara 🙂 x

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