Updated: May 7, 2020
Recently, I've been craving cookies, especially at work where they sell the most delicious and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies 🤤I'm not a nutritionist but I know that these chewy cookies have quite a lot of fat and sugar in them, and that is exactly what makes them so damn tasty! Since summer szn and wedding szn is upon us (wedding szn for me and my close friends in Indo s/o #YouMikaMeHappy), I thought it would be best to make a healthier version of these cookies because what is life when you can't respond to your cravings?!
Megan sent me a really simple 3-ingredient recipe by @thefoodmedic and even when I first tried it, I thought it would be quite bland if it was just bananas, oatmeal and almond butter so I also added maple syrup, vanilla extract, raisins, ground cinnamon and cloves. This was tasty but I wasn't so keen on the texture and flavour. Made 10 cookies and gave some to my work pals, to PK and we still finished them all in 1.5 days really so it was still delish, but not delish enough for me.
In my 2nd trial, I decided to use sultanas instead of raisins, coconut sugar instead of maple syrup, and add more oatmeal to the batter as well. I also tried to apply my baking knowledge into how I made the batter. The result was fantastic. IT WAS A SUCCESS!! They are a lot more chewy and the sultanas & coconut sugar compliments the cookie waaay better than maple syrup & raisins. It's still super easy to make so we've also filmed a tutorial which you can catch on our Instagram story / highlights.
These cookies are vegan, refined-sugar free, dairy free, hassle free, rich in fibre and good for the soul. Check the recipe below and change your life today 👀
Serves: 12 cookies
Wow factor: ⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
2 ripe bananas - the riper, the better!
122gr of smooth almond butter
1tsp vanilla extract
Dash of ground cinnamon
Dash of ground cloves
80gr of oatmeal
1/3 cup of sultanas - you can add more if you love them or you can skip them if you hate them
2tbsp coconut sugar
Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees.
In a large bowl, mash your ripe bananas using a fork. The fork is your best friend right now.
Add your almond butter and mix thoroughly making sure the bananas and the almond butter are integrating nicely. Add vanilla extract and spices, mix well.
Now add your oatmeal, sultanas and coconut sugar. Tbh I also just eye-balled the dough situation. When the texture looked a bit too wet I just kept adding oatmeal to make it less wet. PK and I also tasted the dough for the sweetness level. There are no uncooked ingredients here so don't be scared of tasting the dough!
Lay out your baking paper or silicone baking mat on your oven rack or sheet pan. Spoon the cookie dough and since they won't spread, ensure that the shape is how you want them to be. I also recommend not making them too thick. Potentially just around 2 - 2.5 cm in height.
Once the cookies are ready and the oven is hot, place them in the middle rack and let them bake for 15 minutes.
When your timer rings, take them out and using a spatula, you should be able to flip them upside down. I do this step as I'm not really a fan of a soggy bottom. I want the bottom to be as delish and baked as the top but feel free to skip this if you are lazy.
If you are going on the non-soggy bottom route, pop them back in the oven for 1-2 mins.
Cookies are ready! Cool the cookies before tucking in 😌 Enjoy with a warm cup of tea or coffee, this is your moment.
Hot tip: feel free to omit the sultanas for chocolate chunks if you like the flavour combo. This will obv affect the health rating but nobody needs to know.