No one stops with just one cookie ..So whenever you decide to bake some cookies all by yourself at home you’re ending up indulging in your guilty pleasures of munching on some extra empty calories . But what if you are making some yummy healthy cookies this time? These oats & raisins coconut cookies are not as junky as your usual store bought cookies and are nutritious to a great extent whether it’s for breakfast or for snacking.
How I developed this recipe-
Everyone chooses to buy oats & raisins cookies from the stores thinking it’s much healthier than chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles, double chocolates cookies, Oreos, shortbread .etc. Next time you do that, never forget to refer to the percentage of oats content , hydrogenated fats , sugar and additives in your store bought cookies. I’m sure you’ll be shocked how little the percentage of oats is in those cookies and also how much junk you are feeding yourself thinking it’s all healthy stuff. These store bought cookies do stay edible longer than homemade ones, but if you’re all set to eat healthy why not try some better homemade version of your favourite oats cookies?
That’s what I did when I went through the above research and tried out my favourite recipes of oats cookies all over the Internet, cookbook collections and ended up incorporating coconut and Californian raisins to it as it could make my cookies healthier and better than any store bought cookies .
What’s special about this recipe-
Oats- This amazing source of complex carbohydrates is full of good fibres, protein and many micronutrients aiding in digestion and weight loss.
Californian raisins & brown sugar- These are the only 2 ingredients in this recipe which adds good enough sweetness to the cookies. Both these are natural sources of iron and also brown sugar is a great alternative to refined white sugar.
Coconut- Its a good source of fibres and Medium Chain Fatty acids (MCT oil) thats known to help in overall weight loss. Apart from that, coconut is also known to have antibacterial and detoxifying properties known to promote gut health and proper organ functioning.
What you’ll need-(for 16 cookies)-
Half cup desiccated coconut
Half cup raisins
Two by third cup light brown sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Half cup butter
Half teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
How to make-
. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare a cookie sheet or baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
. In a bowl, cream together butter & brown sugar until fluffy.
. Add the vanilla, egg and beat well.
. In a seperate bowl, mix the oats, flour , baking soda, salt , coconut and raisins.
. Fold in the wet mix into the dry mix.
. Scoop out the mix onto the prepared baking tray using a tablespoon, rounding and pressing the equal portions of dough to flatten slightly.
. Bake in batches of 1 or 2 for around 8-12 minutes, to yield 16 healthy yummy cookies.
. Let it cool for a few minutes on the tray, then cool it completely on a wire rack & enjoy!
Notes, tips & suggestions-
. Never try transferring hot cookies which comes straight out of the oven as those are too soft and delicate to crumble/break. Be patient as your cookies will harden up only on cooling.
. You can add a few tablespoons of your favourite nuts chopped, to make your cookies nutty or even omit the raisins if you are not a fan of raisins in your cookie.
. These cookies are perfect for a healthy yummy breakfast to dip & dunk into your glass of milk/coffee and indulge guilt-free.