Sunday, February 19, 2012

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

A cookie that is healthy, delicious and fast. The trifecta of the cookie genre. This cookie could stand alone as a health food. It would make a delicious after lunch treat or could fuel you for your morning run. I made an effort to add nutritious ingredients, like buckwheat, that had texture and great flavor. Did you know that buckwheat is a fruit and not a grain? It is also wheat free despite it's misleading name.

My husband and I were talking the other day about our favorite cookies. He mentioned that one of his was an Oatmeal Raisin cookie. He couldn't remember the last time he had one. I couldn't remember if I had one since going gluten-free and vegan (that's four whole years of not having an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, oh my goodness!!!!). So, the quest began to make a healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie that was yummy and nutritious.

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Prep Time: 15 min
Bake Time: 12 min
Serving Size: 20 cookies

Ingredients:
4 Bananas
2 Cups Rolled Oats (I used Bob's Red Mill GF* Oats)
1 1/2 Cups Buckwheat (Bob's Red Mill GF Creamy Buckwheat)
1 Cup Raisins
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 dash Sea Salt

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl measure out one cup of oats. Add the other cup of oats to a high powered blender and mix until they are a fine oat flour. Add oat flour and buckwheat to the whole oats. In another bowl mash one banana at a time with a fork or a hand mixer until all four bananas are creamy without lumps. Add vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt to the banana puree and mix. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and combine with a large wooden spoon or your hands. If it is too wet or dry add more oat flour or banana respectively. Add raisins to cookie dough and ensure that the raisins are uniform throughout the mixture. Make golf ball sized cookie spheres and place on a cookie sheet. If you prefer flat cookies, take a spatula or anything flat and gently press on the cookies. These cookies don't flatten on their own. Bake for 12 minutes and enjoy warm out of the oven! Yum! You can store them for later and just pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to warm them up again. They are so good warm! Enjoy and happy healing!

*Gluten Free

3 comments:

  1. Was that buckwheat groats, buckwheat flour, or something else?

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    1. Hi Barbara! The best way to explain it would be stone ground buckwheat groats. They aren't ground completely into flour. I think it would work to take buckwheat groats and put them in your blender for a few seconds to break them down a bit. Hope this helps!
      Happy Healing!

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    2. Hi girls! We made this on our anniversary. :) Good for a sweet tooth!! ~Brittney and David

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