23 7 / 2012

Oatinana carrot cookie cakes

So, I should begin by saying that I am not a baker.  I am not someone who enjoys spending an evening cooking up all sorts of sweet treats and I do not spend my time searching for the ultimate cupcake recipe.  But I was searching for a grabbable meal or snack that would not require preparation or bust the diet.  After some perusal of the webs, I stumbled across this recipe from Blueberry Girl that seemed to fit the bill.

Not being someone who has ever exactly followed a recipe in my life, I decided to do a little tinkering and came up with something that was surprisingly delicious and nicely satisfying! 

Oatinana carrot cookie cakes

(Makes 10(ish) decent cookies)


Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 3 ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 cooking apple
  • handful of grated carrot 
  • handful of broken walnuts
  • handful of raisins
  • scattering of goji berries
  • tsp baking powder
  • a generous shake of cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg
  • a desert spoon of this:

 I have no idea if this is acceptable on the Eat to Live diet, but I saw it in a shop and thought it had to be better than sugar!  In any case, I’m not into being *too* strict when it comes to this diet!

Right, down to business.

First, core the cooking apple, cut it in half and place it in a dish with a tiny bit of water and zap it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes until soft.

While it’s cooking, add all the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir.

Mash up the bananas and add them along with the grated carrot and the by-now-cooked apple.  Add in the dollop of Barley Malt Extract (or you could probably use some other gloopy sugar substitute if you prefer) and mix in all the dry ingredients to the mushy ones.

Next, line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/350F/180C.

Place a decent sized blob of the mixture onto the baking tray and press into a rough cookie shape.  Repeat until you’ve used all the mixture and try not to eat too much raw (even though it’s actually pretty good!)

Put them in the oven and bake for roughly 20 minutes or until you think they’re done!

These were totally delicious with a cup of tea as an afternoon indulgence and were some how just as nice this morning for breakfast!  2 cookies easily kept me going all morning!  They’re a lovely mixture of moist and crunchy and totally yum!

So there you have it.  I hope you enjoy them - I know I shall be making a lot more and will have fun experimenting with different ingredients!  Let me know what variations you come up with!