Cookies that you can make in literally 20 minutes, taste AMAZING and have easy and healthy ingredients!
These are literally the best oat cookies that I have ever tried. They are REAL oat cookies, meaning that there is no other flour or grain inside, just oat flakes.
Oats: They are among the healthiest cereals on earth. They're gluten-free by nature and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.
However, sometimes oats can be contaminated with gluten because they may be processed in the same facilities as gluten-containing grains like wheat, rye, and barley, so the gluten-free indication on your oatmeal package can be useful if you are gluten sensitive.
Oats have many health benefits such as weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease. They are source of so many vitamins and minerals, such as Manganese, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Folate, Vitamin B1 (thiamin) and Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid). They also contain a powerful soluble fibre called Beta-Glucan, which creates like a gel in the gut and it helps to reduce LDL and total cholesterol, reduce blood sugar and insulin response, increase feeling of fullness and increase growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract.
Dark Chocolate: One of the most anti-aging foods, cacao is a champion in fighting inflammation due to its high amount of polyphenols . According to Superfoodly it has an ORAC Value (= scale measuring the Antioxidant Value of foods) of 4452 per tablespoon of 8g. To put this in perspective, imagine that raw apples with skin have an ORAC Value of 3049 per 100g, while Cacao has ORAC of 55653 per 100g. Choosing extra dark chocolate with high amount of cacao, ensures that we get all the benefits mentioned.
Nut Butter: Used as a binder and substitute for regular butter. It adds extra protein and good fat to any recipe.
Cinnamon and Nutmeg: Very high in antioxidants and fight inflammation. They also give amazing flavour!
Raw Honey: Raw Honey is a source of antioxidants, is antibacterial and antifungal, it´s good for healing wounds, promotes a healthy gut and helps with digestive issues and has an incredible aroma and flavour, that is never found in the processed honey. The cheapest honey that looks like syrup will work as well for the recipe, but nutritionally it will never be good and the aroma and flavour will be less intense.
Stevia extract: If you don´t want Honey because of the natural sugars, use this instead. Stevia is a herb that has a very sweet flavour, without the addition of sugar and carbs. While white sugar has a Glycemic Index (GI) of 65, Stevia has a GI of zero, thus it does not affect the blood sugar. By not affecting the blood sugar, it is suitable for diabetics, as well as for people who want to avoid the effects of Glycation in their body (= Sugar-Induced Aging). Stevia is sold in liquid and powdered forms. Personally I use liquid, as it is easier to find pure stevia in this form. If you are willing to make your own extract, check my recipe here.
Whisky: Strong flavour for our cookies and the high amount of alcohol makes them softer and strengthens the existing flavours of the chocolate and the spices. Whisky´s only source of calories is the alcohol, as it has no sugar or carbs, and during baking the alcohol gets evaporated, so we only get the flavour without the side effects.
- 300 grams of Oat Flakes
- 170-200 grams of Dark Chocolate chips or pieces (70% or 85% cacao)
- 3 tablespoons of a natural nut butter without additives (I have tried with Peanut Butter, Hazelnut Butter or Almond Butter)
- 3-4 full tablespoons of Raw Honey (for vegans use Agave Syrup or sugar-free use Stevia Extract)
- 2 pinches of natural Sea Salt
- 1 tablespoon of ground Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of ground Nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla extract or vanilla seeds
- 200-300ml Whisky (any regular cheap whisky will do)
- 50-100ml Water or Vegan Milk
- Optional: 2 tablespoons pure cacao powder to make dark cookies
1. Preheat your oven at 180-190°C.
2. Start by mixing all the ingredients in a deep bowl, except for the Whisky and the Water or Vegan Milk. Taste a small portion to see if you need to adjust the flavour.
3. Start adding the Whisky, little by little and keep mixing until it´s enough. You want it to absorb the Whisky but still have the form of a dough, not being watery. Depending on the ingredients it may absorb it all, or maybe it needs a bit less.
4. Then start by adding the water, you just need a little bit to make the mixture stick together even better.
5. Shape them into round flat cookies and bake for 15 minutes, on a tray with parchment paper. The colour should be similar to the photos.
6. Take them out of the oven. It´s fine if they are still soft, but if you push them or lift them and thet don´t break, it means that they are ready. Let them cool down, after some minutes they will become harder as the water is still evaporating.
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