Ok, this is a savior for those who follow a gluten-free diet, avoid sugar, try to eat healthier, but at the same time like to have a small treat (or three) once in a while. These cookies have a nice oatmeal crunch and non-resistible apple and coconut aroma. There is no sugar inside, as they are sweetened with honey. But I still have to warn – they are a bit addictive 🙂
Lately, I have read many articles, which advocate quitting all kinds of sweets for good (including honey and even fruits). I find a lot of arguments against sugar really convincing, and I myself try to avoid refined sugars, sugary drinks and all kinds of processed sweets. But I still can’t imagine myself completely illuminating it (maybe this day will come, but I kind of hope it won’t). First of all, as I already mentioned, I’m all for moderation in everything. I think we should not be kept hostages of our own cravings; at the same time, being a control freak is not a good idea either. Second, there are many sweet things that are actually both sweet and healthy, like all sorts of fruits and berries, honey, maple syrup or dark chocolate. And third, I think that having once in a while a couple of macarons, a piece of your favorite cake, or a cone of a chocolate mint ice cream is normal (when in general you follow a healthy diet and lifestyle).
Ok, back to the topic. So, these cookies are no compromise, because they are healthy and filled with healthy ingredients, such as apple, oatmeal, walnuts, cashew butter, honey and coconut. Most importantly, they are super tasty, moist and crunchy at the same time and, what is also important, easy to make.
So I recommend everyone to bake them. I usually bake a bit extra, and then freeze some for the future. They will be absolutely fine in a freezer for up to 3 months (well ok, I don’t think that I ever really waited so long, but I read that it should be fine 😉 ) Defrosted, they are just as good as fresh. You can defrost them by simply taking them out of the freezer and letting them defrost at the room temperature, or you can do it in the microwave (I think 30 seconds should be enough). 5 minutes in the hot oven will also do a trick.
Finally, to the recipe:
- 1 medium apple (use some firm, aromatic and juicy sort)
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1 handful of walnuts
- 2 tablespoons of grated coconut
- 2 tablespoons of cashew butter (peanut butter also works great)
- 3-4 tablespoons of fluid honey (I mean that the honey that is not too thick)
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Grate the apple, chop walnuts in small pieces (I prefer not too small – to have a better crunch)
- Mix all ingredients together. You should have a sticky and thick batter (if not, add a bit more of oatmeal)
- With an ice-cream scoop spoon, or with the help of two teaspoons (my case) form little balls and place them on a tray, leaving some space between.
- Bake for 15 min.
- When ready, let them cool down a bit.