The first week of New Year was pure bliss. I didn't have any orders to make me prance around the kitchen, worry head over heals for the outcome. I am a worry pot as my cousin calls me and I embrace the given title with such finesse! So in the week of nothingness I did what all mums out there dream of doing, bake healthy for their kids.
My kids are big cookie people. They would have cookies for breakfast, for snacks in between meals, for desserts and for munches at school. And I love it when I can pack them all the healthy goodness from home. I am sure all mothers feel the same way and with that thought, I'd like to share the recipe below which is soooo good in taste and much better in nutrition, all packed in one great big biscuit.
Grandma's Chewy Raisin Oatmeal
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup plain water
put these two in a blender and puree it.
In another bowl
1/2 cup butter
1 large egg
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Beat all till fluffy and then add the raisin puree and beat until smooth.
In a separate bowl combine
2 cups of flour
2 teaspoon baking soda,
2 cups of oats of any kind,
1/2 cup of almond flakes or any type of nuts,
3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon,
1 teaspoon of salt,
3/4 cup of raisins.
(recipe adapted from Todd Wilbur's Top Secret Recipe Book)
If your kids do not like raisins you can substitute with chocolate chip.
Scoop the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and blend till everything is incorporated.
The batter will be thick. Drop a tablespoon of the batter onto a prepared baking sheet and flatten in. The cookies are supposed to be big but if you like smaller versions you may just use a teaspoon of the batter for uniformity.
Bake in a pre heated oven of 170 Celsius for 15 to 20 minutes or until your cookies come out golden. This is a chewy cookie but if you prefer them to be a little bit crunchy, just leave the cookies in the oven perhaps 5 minutes longer.
My kids are not crazy over raisins and cinnamon but they were quite taken with this one. They enjoy the cookies most with milk and due to the large amount of oats in the cookies, they stay full for much longer.
My outdated camera doesn't do justice to any of the baked goods I put up in my blog. It is not meant for food photography. For my cakes I always have to transport my cakes outside so it gives a better picture. If I have a better camera, I thought of doing more recipe sharing and maybe simple tutorials. Need a DSLR for that.
I think I need to bake another batch, they have been bringing these morsels to school.
Have a beautiful weekend folks!