Friday, April 20, 2012

Not so old fashioned oatmeal cookies

Isaac Asimov wrote about the perfect snack in one of his books from the Foundation series: little balls made from "pure taste", nothing more.Like eating jelly beans with your eyes closed only they contained no calories and you never ever had the same taste twice.
Like many women I am always looking for the perfect healthy snack for my kids and myself (yeah, you guessed right: vanity, thy name is woman) so I am constantly experimenting with cookies.
I haven't find the perfect one, but these are really, really good: they taste beautiful, they're healthy, there contain  carbs and fat, sure, but at the end the good guys win :)

You will need:
one ripe banana
a half apple finely grated
150g all purpose flour
50g oat flour
50g rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
70g cane sugar
1 tbsp Dutch process cocoa powder
(you can use natural unsweetened cocoa powder, in that case please use baking soda instead of baking powder!)
70g butter at room temperature
30g extra virgin olive oil
a pinch of salt
optional: 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 360 degrees F (180° C). Peel the bananas and mash them with a fork, mix with the grated apple.
x all the ingredients in a bowl or in the mixer till you get a not so sticky dough. (If it’s still too sticky just cover it with some cling film and put it in the refrigerator for a half an hour).
Make little balls the size of a walnut and put them onto greased baking sheets, 2 inches apart. If the dough is still sticky, use two teaspoons.
Bake the cookies 12-15 minutes, till they are golden brown and cooked through. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.
When they are not too hot anymore you pour yourself a glass of milk, or a good cup of coffee, well, tea than, and you sit in a quiet corner with your favorite book, and whatever happens outside that corner you just don't care for 10 minutes :))

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