I try to keep the amount of sugar in our diets to a minimum ( it suppresses the immune system and rots teeth ). We avoid refined sugar as much as possible, apart from the occasional ice cream or slice of cake when we are out.
We do enjoy an occasional sweet treat though, so I use honey mainly as a substitute and occasionally maple syrup, xylitol or coconut sugar.
Our most easy recipe for a quick batch of cookies, that the children can make by themselves with a bit of guidance is this:
Oaty cookies – makes 12-16
- 1 cup of flour ( we use kamut or gluten free as one daughter cannot tolerate wheat)
- 1 cup of oats ( or buckwheat, barley etc)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup oil ( we use coconut oil mainly or olive oil occasionally)
Then it’s up to you what you would like to add. We usually add a good handful of seeds, a tablespoon of milled linseed, a teaspoon of chia seeds, some goji berries, chopped dates, apricots, cranberries or raisins and a tablespoon of coconut shavings. We love them with chopped mixed nuts but these aren’t allowed at school so we usually stick to seeds instead. Occasionally, I add some grated apple or chopped banana to the mix or cacao nibs. Cinnamon is also a nice addition.
- Mix the flour with the oats
- Add all the nuts, seeds and fruit
- Melt the oil over a bain marie if using coconut oil.
- Add the oil and honey to the mix and stir well, smooshing the bananas if using.
- If the mixture is too dry, add little splashes of cold water until you can bind the ingredients.
- Form into balls and press onto a cookie sheet.
- Bake in a pre- heated oven at 180 C for 10-15 mins until light golden brown.
They really can be made with whatever you have to hand. Today I made the cookies using buckwheat flakes, kamut flour, coconut oil and honey with dates, banana, coconut, all kinds of seeds and cinnamon (with a few cacao nibs thrown in at the end to make a few for the grown ups).
There is probably a teaspoon of honey per biscuit, so they are not very sweet but as my children are not used to shop- bought biscuits or sweets, they are very pleased when i make them. My husband is too!
They are delicious and nutritious every time and low in fat and sugar, so a winner we think.