Healthy cookies with oats and sultanas make a nutritious lunchbox or outing treat.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Difficulty rating: Easy
Age recommendation: Toddlers to adults. For babies cook Baby Oat Cookies instead.
Number of servings: 12 (depending on the size of your cookies)
- 1 cup of wholemeal flour (plain)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup quick oats
- 1 large egg
- 80mL (4 Tbsp) vegetable oil (rice bran oil is a good choice as it has no flavour and there is evidence it lowers cholesterol levels)
- 1 teaspoon imitation vanilla (or half that for natural vanilla concentrate which gives a much better flavour)
- ½ cup sultanas
- ¼ cup raw sugar
- 4 tablespoons apple and pear juice (make it fresh in a juicer or store bought 100% fruit juice)
- Pre-heat oven to 180C.
- Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper- this saves using oil to grease tray and on cleaning up time.
- Place dry ingredients in a bowl and mix.
- In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients.
- Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Roll the mixture into balls and flatten into round biscuit shapes on the baking tray.
- Bake for 12-15 mins depending on size, when slightly browning and your home fills with the sweet smell of cookies, they’re ready.
- The sultanas retain their heat more than the biscuit, so wait until they’re quite cool before giving to children.
- Use whole rather than quick oats for a chewier texture. Young kids will find the quick oats easier to chew.
- The raw mixture has a sticky texture. Wet your hands after rolling a few biscuits to prevent the batter sticking to them.
- Swap sultanas for raisins, dried dates/apricots or your other favourite dried fruit. You could also add some seeds and chopped nuts to these healthy cookies.
- Oat and sultana cookies make a great healthy lunch box treat for school or outings.
|Total fat||6.96 g|
|Saturated fat||0.95 g|
|Total sugars||10.23 g|
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