Yes, I have been very absent of late – a major house refurbishment is taking up rather a lot of my time and energy. However busy I am though, I will not compromise my health. Long days working on the house and juggling this with my work and my home life is testing but being busy is never an excuse for eating rubbish.
I have been providing some motivating treats for the young guys working on the house. I have therefore been skulking around the supermarket putting jam donuts and chocolate chip cookies in my basket hoping I don’t bump in to anyone I know!
I won’t eat such things though, so if I’m going to have a physically demanding day at the house, or a long day out and about with my work, or even out for the day having fun, I will always have at the very least a bags of nuts and seeds on me, and where possible I will also take raw carrots, spelt crackers and hummus etc.
Then today I was reminded by a dear friend of my healthy cookies. I haven’t made them for a while but they are perfect for keeping blood sugar topped up in a healthy, sustaining way, they contain nothing nasty at all and they taste great.
So here’s the recipe for my super-healthy cookies which are quick, easy and cheap to make. The recipe can be adapted depending on your taste and what you have in the cupboard.
Stephanie’s Healthy Cookie Recipe
- 100g Raisins
- 350g Porridge Oats
- 100g Jumbo Oats
- 50g Ground Almonds
- 100g Wholegrain Spelt, Rye or Wholewheat flour
- 25g Sunflower Seeds
- 25g Pumpkin Seeds
- 150 ml Coconut Oil (Ground nut oil can be used instead)
- To Sweeten: 1 – 2 tablespoon(s) Honey or a sprinkling of Xylitol (see earlier blog)
- Pinch of Salt
- Teaspoon Mixed Spice or Cinnamon
- Optional – add some or all of the following: sesame seeds, flax seeds, unsweetened desiccated coconut.
Pre-heat oven to 190C
Pour boiling water over the raisins to cover and leave to soak for about 15 minutes.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add melted coconut oil (or other oil) and honey if using. Add soaked raisins and some of the soaking liquid. Mix together and add more of the soaking liquid if required to bring all ingredients together. To test, take a small handful and squeeze. If the mix crumbles add more water.
Mould the mixture into small rounds and flatten slightly to form cookies.
Place on a greased baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown.
Leave to cool.