Healthy Chocolate & Nuts Oatmeal Cookies


Last week, before all the craziness (a.k.a. uni-work) started, I went to visit my parents for two days. I always love going there because if feels like a mini-holiday. They live in a small village in the countryside and literally all you hear around you are bees buzzing and the rustle of the trees. It's so peaceful!

I also felt very inspired to bake something whilst I was there. With the start of uni to look forward to, I knew I wanted to come up with something that was healthy but satisfied my craving for something sweet at the same time. Especially during lectures and library session, I like to have a snack at the ready at all times (either for when I actually feel peckish or just a little bored, ha!).

In the last few months I've been baking a lot, but with all the sugar and butter that goes into those recipes, I've found that yes - those cookies and brownies were very tasty but they didn't give me a very satisfied tummy.

So, with uni coming up, I thought it'd be a great time to create a recipe for cookies which are tasty AND healthy at the same time. And I think I succeeded pretty damn well ! These cookies are so chewy and have just the right hint of sweetness. No worries if you don't really like oats, to be honest, you don't even really taste them. I'll tell you all of my secrets down below ;)


I used hazelnut and almonds as my nutmix, which I think worked really well. You'll want to choose a dark chocolate with at least 73% cocoa, this means there is no added milk or milk-powder (and usually soja-free as well, check the label!). I like to limit my lactose-intake as I know my body doesn't like it, so this is why I'm looking for recipes with the least amount of milk and butter (or none at all) . Coconut-oil is a great substitute for butter, and the honey replaces the refined (white) sugar you'd usually use in chocolate-chip cookies. Really, there are no ingredients here your body won't thank you for :).
Please let me know if you give these cookies a try, I'd love to hear what you think!


INGREDIENTS

  • 100 grams of old-fashioned oats 
  • 90 grams of all-purpose flour
    (switch to spelt-flour if you want a glutenfree cookie!) 
  • 120 grams of honey 
  • 45 grams of coconut oil 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar 
  • 1,5 teaspoon of baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • 70 grams of mixed nuts 
  • 70 grams of 72% dark chocolate (which is usually free of lactose)
GET BAKING

  • Combine the honey and coconut oil in a sauce pan
    on low heat. Make sure the coconut oil has fully
    blended in with the honey and let this cool down
    completely. 
  • Whilst you let this do its thing, combine all the dry
    ingredients except for the chocolate and nuts. I used
    a simple wooden spoon throughout this entire recipe
    (no mixer needed!). 
  • Now mix the egg in with your cold honey/coconut blend
    and pour this into your bowl of dry ingredients.
    Make sure there is no dry oat left in that bowl and
    mix in the nuts and chocolate as well. Put this in
    the fridge for 30 minutes. This is important because
    it will help with the chewiness of your cookie. 
  • After these 30 minutes, preheat your oven to  160 degrees
    Celsius, roll your cookiedough into  little balls (I made
    around 11, but I'd suggest between 12-15, I made mine
    pretty big!) and place them on a baking tray lined with
    baking paper.  Make sure to press each ball down pretty flat. 
  • Put this in the oven for around 20-25 minutes, keep
    checking and rotating your tray throughout if necessary.
    When they're done, they should be golden-brown on the outside and still a little soft. 
  • You'll want to transfer them onto a wire rack to cool down completely before you dive in - they get their crunch after
    they've lost their heat!

    Enjoy!


8 comments

  1. Mmm looks yum! Lijkt me echt perfect voor als snack tijdens lange uni dagen.

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    1. Ja he! Ik vind ze ook echt goed vullen dus 1 is genoeg om je cravings een beetje binnen de perken te houden haha :)

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  2. These cookies look super yummy! Thanks for sharing this lovely x

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    1. Thank you so much! Let me know if you give them a try! xx

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    1. Dat waren ze ook hihi, kan ze echt aanraden !

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  4. Gezonder varianten van koekjes vind ik meestal te gezond smaken (geef mij maar een echt chocolate chip cookie - als ik wil cheaten dan doe ik het goed ;) ), maar deze zien er ECHT goed uit! Binnenkort maar eens maken :)

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    1. Haha ja, ik vind het alsnog heel belangrijk dat het de zoetekauw in mij tevreden stelt haha! Ik heb voor aankomende maandag nog zo'n soort receptje!! :)

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