Square One Oat, Cacao Nib and Raisin Cookies

The tin is empty again, I am getting sick of this happening! I am missing out on all my healthy baking treats. These cookies are really easy to bake, they are soft and fluffy, with the crunch of the contents you choose. Sometimes I substitute raisins for more cacao nibs, sometimes for seeds, but its so easy to swap things in and out. Have fun creating!

Know your nutrients

Did you know that oats may reduce the asthma risk in children?! They boost the nutrition profile of gluten free diets, increase appetite control hormones, oats beta glucons improve immune systems, oats help cut the use of laxatives, help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, improve insulin sensitivity, lower bad cholesterol and help lower blood pressure! Yep - that little humble oat is a beauty!

Did you know that organic oats are considered gluten free? 

A large body of scientific evidence accumulated over more than 15 years has proven that oats are completely safe for the vast majority of celiac patients. Oats are not related to gluten-containing grains such as wheat, barley and rye. They don’t contain gluten, but rather proteins called avenins that are non-toxic and tolerated by most celiacs (perhaps less than 1% of celiac patients show a reaction to a large amount of oats in their diets). Oats can be in a celiac’s diet provided they are selected from sources that guarantee a lack of contamination by wheat, rye or barley. Some who add oats to their diet may experience GI symptoms. This may actually be a result of the increased fiber that oats provide instead of a reaction to the oats themselves. (source: cureceliacdisease.org)

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 180g real butter (not margarine or low fat!)
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (to bind)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup gluten free flour (for this recipe I use Edmonds GF flour)
  • 3/4 TSP baking powder
  • 1/2 TSP ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs
  • 1/2 cup raisins (You can swap raisins out for dark choc drops, or just make entire 1 cup of cacao nibs, or use seeds! Play around)

 

Directions

1. Start heating your oven to 160 degrees. Cream together butter, sugar and banana until soft and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

2. Stir in vanilla. Sift together flour, baking powder and cinnamon and stir into creamed mixture.

3. Add rolled oats, nibs and raisins and stir until thoroughly blended.

4. Using a tablespoon, place small heaps of mixture onto a greased oven tray, allowing room between each biscuit as they grow. Bake in pre-heated oven at 160 degrees for 15-20 mins.

5. Remove from oven and allow biscuits to cool.

6. HIDE BISCUIT TIN!