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Oats & Cranberry Cookies

The above is a match made in heaven and for me a healthy creation to please my “health conscious family”. I know I always say my creations are created of out of necessity, but I truly mean that – I always have to come up with something new that ticks all the right boxes for my family. My little nieces that all of 5 and 6 years old also have their say if I have made one thing on a few occasions – I would have to listen to “Ushi Masi  must I teach you to make something else-we have eaten this a million times”

I adore cranberries, oats, cinnamon, orange and almonds – now put all this together with a bit of this and that and you have quite a few of your daily healthy dietary requirements covered. It is as close to “being healthy” during the winter months, when “cookies & milk” are needed as a snack before bedtime on cold winter nights

For added indulgence, warm the milk with a few pieces of cinnamon bark or some cinnamon powder and lightly sweeten with some honey – rest assured all will have a restful night without rumbling tummies.

Oat & Cranberry Cookies

125 ml oats

125ml bran rich self-rising flour

65 ml oat bran

65ml oat meal

125ml dark brown sugar

125ml dried cranberries

5ml cinnamon powder

5 ml orange rind (optional)

45ml chopped almonds (optional)

125ml butter

45ml maple syrup

30ml milk

Method

  • Mix together the oats, flour, oat bran, oatmeal, brown sugar, cranberries, cinnamon, orange rind and almonds (if using them) I just love the combination of cinnamon, cranberries, orange and almonds
  • In a sauce pan heat the butter, maple syrup and milk till the butter has melted
  • Gradually add the warm butter mixture to the flour mixture and using a fork combine
  • Leave this mixture until it is cool enough to handle, and if necessary add a little oat bran to make it easy to combine and hold
  • Shape into little rocks (to give it a rustic look) and arrange on well-spaced on baking sheets and bake at 180 for 10-15min (depending on your ovens)
  • I also sprinkled some cinnamon sugar over them before baking
  • Leave on baking sheets to firm for about 10minutes then transfer to cooling racks – they will firm up as they cool
  • These are quite “chewy cookies) and best served with some warm cinnamon infused milk

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