Oaty Chocolate Chip Cookies
These cookies are made slightly healthier with the addition of fibre-rich wholegrain oats and are fairly low in saturated fat as they only use 2 tablespoons of oil/butter. Truvia is a processed form of stevia that doesn't impact on blood sugar levels - you can find this and xylitol in Sainsburys. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol which is also low glycemic, but can cause digestive issues in some people, so if you haven't used this before, don't eat too much in one go! It is also unsafe for pets - so definitely don't feed any to your dogs.
You can obviously use normal brown or white sugar, or coconut sugar in these, but you may have to add a little more, as these are less sweet than the sweeteners here.
2/3 Cup wholegrain gluten free oat flour, (or make your own by grinding oats in a coffee grinder or food processor),
1/4 Cup quinoa flour,
1/4 Cup sorghum flour,
The different flour blends are optional as I made these when experimenting with some leftover flours I bought to make bread - you can just as easily use another 1/2 cup of oat flour if you don't have these).
1/2 cup of truvia or Xylitol,
1 Tablespoon of chopped hazelnuts (or walnuts or almonds)
2 Tablespoons of butter, or coconut oil (melted)
4T milk (any kind)
1 egg (or flax substitute if you are allergic to eggs/vegan)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
a pinch of baking powder (about 1/4 of a teaspoon)
Chocolate chips - I use 4 square of dark chocolate (85 or 90 % lindt) chopped up into chunks
Preheat your oven to 180 C.
1) Mix together the dry ingredients (flours, sweetener, nuts and baking powder)
2) Mix the wet ingredients – butter/oil, milk, egg (if using), and vanilla essence
3) Mix wet into dry and combine to form a dough
4) Place your mixing bowl in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow the dough to stiffen
this is really important to the consistency of the end cookies!
6) Take the dough from the freezer and tear off little mounds of dough to shape into balls and flatten into cookies on a baking tray, sticking in the chocolate chunks as you shape them on the tray.
7) Bake for approximately 10 minutes and then take out and leave to cool.