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21 April 2012

The healthiest cookies I have ever baked



I don't bake cookies often. Just one simple reason - the quantity of butter that most cookie recipes ask for, totally intimidates me. But a few weeks ago, I was baking cookies for days in a row, starting with these unbelievably healthy flourless, butterless, eggless and almost sugarless cookies which I stumbled upon on 101cookbooks.


I adapted slightly, adding a little honey to sweeten them up a bit, as it was for the kids in the playgroup. The teacher wrote me a note saying they were delicious and no one wanted to share them with anyone. So much for the notion that nothing healthy can ever be delicious.


Thanks Nikki for sharing it with us butter-phobics via Heidi's blog






Oats - Banana - Almond - Chocolate cookies 
Makes around 3 dozen bite sized cookies
Time taken - under 30 minutes


Ingredients
3 bananas, peeled and mashed (riper, the better)
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
1/4 cup rice bran oil
2 cups oats ( I used Saffola brand)
1/4 cup almonds - roughly pulsed in mixer [if allergic to nuts, use 1/4 cup cornmeal instead]
1/3 cup scraped coconut, fresh or frozen (if frozen, microwave for 30 seconds to soften it)

4 tbsp of honey or brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
150-200 grams of chocolate bar, chopped roughly [Morde or Selbourne is good]



Directions
Preheat oven at 175 Celsius.


In a large bowl, combine mashed bananas, vanilla extract and oil with a whisk.
In another bowl, mix all dry ingredients except the chocolate. 
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mix until combined. 
Stir in the chocolate chunks at the end.


Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. If you have a smaller oven, bake in batches convenient to you.
Drop heaped teaspoon fulls of cookie dough keeping an inch of space between the cookies.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
These will be chewy when cooled. 


Notes
These make a perfect healthy snack for you or your kids. Also simple enough and non messy to bake together with young kids. 
The batch I sent to school, I skipped the almonds as some kids could be allergic to tree nuts. The cornmeal worked well in that. Another batch I baked with almonds, that had a beautiful flavour and crunch, to which I added almond extract.

19 comments:

Progna Sengupta said...

They are not just for kids but for their mommies and daddied too. You have again inspired me to bake! But will not do it today, but definitely along the week. And it will be a nice way to feed my son bananas. He eats every veggies on earth but not a single piece of fruit. He loves milk but will not have milkshakes, if I add pureed fruit to them. He will be 3 next month.

Karishma said...

sounds great! Any alternative to rice bran oil? Is it ok to use sunflower oil? And btw, read your article in Good Food..very engaging writeup and nice pics too...putting it on my must-visit list next time I'm in blore!

Anjali Koli said...

These are heart healthy! Will try and let you know.

Pragyan said...

Truly healthy! :)

Pooja said...

hey nandita..looks really yummy..will try it sometime soon..can u suggest some alternative to rice bran oil?

Azhar Fco501 said...

It looks do yummy. 
http://www.fortunecookingoil.com/fortune/soya-health-refined-soyabean-oil.php

last minute alanya said...

I`ve tried this recipe and i`m really impressed, it has a very good taste. My both child tried it and they like it a lot. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Roman James said...

Hi,
      I just want to give you a quick heads up.  I must say you have done a great job that looks mouth watering. I am really going to try this healthy and delicious recipe. I recently ordered these kind of healthy cookies from healthy food delivery services they are also delicious. Thanks for this amazing post.    

subhash nair said...

I have water in mouth... thanks for giving best tips.. keep more sharing for more tips.. thanks

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Archana said...

Thanks for one more of healthy yet tasty recipe! I made a batch with help of my 7 yr old daughter and we all LOVED it!!
Only issue being they turned quite soft soon after.. is this expected to happen? Are they supposed to crisp up at all ?

I will be making these again and again, good option for school's "third" break tiffin :)

Padmajha PJ said...

Hi Nandita,I made this long time back and posted it today on my blog. My lil one loved it and all of us enjoyed it. Thanks for the recipe. Btw, I saw ur show on fox traveler's Twist of taste with Vineet in the B'lore edition.You were great :)

Aanya Antra said...

This is company where it is manufactured
Zoroy Luxury Chocolate
404, AIKYA, 12/1 Kalena Agrahara
Begur Hobli, Off Bannerghatta Road

Damn you. Very realistic chocolate. And look so tastefull.The starting range of chocolates started from Rs299/-
I was looking for the best chocolates shop,and finally i got one new shop Zoroy chocolate.I was surprised to see this Zoroy chocolate shop.
You can select from a wide variety of chocolates ranging from plain rich chocolates to nutty centers, from crunches to flavored delicacies.
Zoroy is a online chocolate shopping in india and offering some of the best prices and offers for the various events like
Valentine’s Day, Holi, Deepawali, Rakshabandhan, Birthday, Wedding, Anniversaries Corporate Gifting and any other day you want to make special.

(www.zoroy.com)

Aanya Antra said...

hey nandita..looks really yummy..will try it sometime soon.but through this i wanna post one article about zoroy chocolates shop. can i ???

This is company where it is manufactured
Zoroy Luxury Chocolate
404, AIKYA, 12/1 Kalena Agrahara
Begur Hobli, Off Bannerghatta Road

Damn you. Very realistic chocolate. And look so tastefull.The starting range of chocolates started from Rs299/-
I was looking for the best chocolates shop,and finally i got one new shop Zoroy chocolate.I was surprised to see this Zoroy chocolate shop.
You can select from a wide variety of chocolates ranging from plain rich chocolates to nutty centers, from crunches to flavored delicacies.
Zoroy is a online chocolate shopping in india and offering some of the best prices and offers for the various events like
Valentine’s Day, Holi, Deepawali, Rakshabandhan, Birthday, Wedding, Anniversaries Corporate Gifting and any other day you want to make special.

(www.zoroy.com)

anyaantra said...

This is company where it is manufactured

Zoroy Luxury Chocolate

404, AIKYA, 12/1 Kalena Agrahara

Begur Hobli, Off Bannerghatta Road

Damn you. Very realistic chocolate. And look so tastefull.The starting range of chocolates started from Rs299/-

I was looking for the best chocolates shop,and finally i got one new shop Zoroy chocolate.I was surprised to see this Zoroy chocolate shop.

You can select from a wide variety of chocolates ranging from plain rich chocolates to nutty centers, from crunches to flavored delicacies.

Zoroy is a online chocolate shopping in india and offering some of the best prices and offers for the various events like

Valentine’s Day, Holi, Deepawali, Rakshabandhan, Birthday, Wedding, Anniversaries Corporate Gifting and any other day you want to make special.

(www.zoroy.com)

Dhurai said...

Chocolate lovers!! Here are the
exciting tempting chocolates for you all. Best Online Shopping for chocolates
with Zoroy Luxury chocolates. You can select from a wide variety of chocolates
ranging from plain rich chocolates to nutty centers, from crunches to flavored
delicacies, from rich truffles to soft caramels and many more to satiate the
chocoholics.

I have found this is the best choice
for gifting your loved ones on the special occasions.



http://www.zoroy.com/

Dhurai said...

Chocolate lovers!! Here are the
exciting tempting chocolates for you all. Best Online Shopping for chocolates
with Zoroy Luxury chocolates. You can select from a wide variety of chocolates
ranging from plain rich chocolates to nutty centers, from crunches to flavored
delicacies, from rich truffles to soft caramels and many more to satiate the
chocoholics.

I have found this is the best choice
for gifting your loved ones on the special occasions.



http://www.zoroy.com/

Dhurai said...

Chocolate lovers!! Here are the
exciting tempting chocolates for you all. Best Online Shopping for chocolates
with Zoroy Luxury chocolates. You can select from a wide variety of chocolates
ranging from plain rich chocolates to nutty centers, from crunches to flavored
delicacies, from rich truffles to soft caramels and many more to satiate the
chocoholics.

I have found this is the best choice
for gifting your loved ones on the special occasions.



http://www.zoroy.com/

Dhurai said...

Chocolate lovers!! Here are the
exciting tempting chocolates for you all. Best Online Shopping for chocolates
with Zoroy Luxury chocolates. You can select from a wide variety of chocolates
ranging from plain rich chocolates to nutty centers, from crunches to flavored
delicacies, from rich truffles to soft caramels and many more to satiate the
chocoholics.

I have found this is the best choice
for gifting your loved ones on the special occasions.



http://www.zoroy.com/

preeti said...

Hi nandita chanced upon this recipe. Sounds delicious. Want to make it for my 1.5yr old. How long does this stay? If stored in an airtight container? Pls reply.

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