This recipe will prove to you that cookies can be delicious and healthy. Soft and chewy with a subtle almond and vanilla flavour Oat, Almond and Cranberry Cookies make a great afternoon tea treat.
Over the last few weeks I have been trying out a few cookie recipes. Healthy eating is great, but I miss a few guilty pleasures, cookies being one of them. My aim was to come up with a cookie that would only use healthy ingredients, but would not taste healthy.
The Oat, Almond and Cranberry Cookies are my favourite so far. For the last batch I made I used the Cranberries and Dark Chocolate Chip mix. I have tested them out on a few friends and not a single one of them thought this was a healthy cookie.
If you are wondering how this recipe is different from the other healthy oatmeal cookies, the answer is in the ingredients. I did not use any butter or added sugar. I find cranberries add a natural touch of sweetness, but I added a bit of honey too to compensate for the sharpness of kefir. If you are using almond milk or any other type of milk instead of kefir, you might prefer to use less honey.
It is easy to change the flavour of the cookies. Whitworths have a great variety of toppings like Cherry and Dark Chocolate Chip, Traditional Mixed Fruit, Toffee Pecan and Choc Salted Caramel.
- 200g oats
- 200-300ml Kefir
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 150g ground almonds
- 150g dried cranberries or any other dried fruit, nuts or chocolate chip
- 2-3 tablespoons of honey
- Mix oats and ground almonds and soak in Kefirfor 20-30min until soft.
- Stir the mixture, add the dried fruit, honey and vanilla extract
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Cover baking tray with baking paper
- Spoon the mixture onto the tray leaving space around each one
- Bake for 20-25 min until lightly browned. Do not worry if the cookies feel soft when you take them out of the oven. They will hold shape well once they have cooled down.