I am a little bit obsessed with anything that involves golden-baked oats and with the addition of chunky dark chocolate these are definitely my kind of cookie. They are super easy to whip up and utilise inexpensive ingredients that you will most likely already have lying around the kitchen.
- 2 cups organic oats
- 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/3 cup melted butter/coconut oil/almond oil/macadamia oil
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1/4 cup rice malt syrup (can be substituted with honey or pure maple syrup)
- 100g roughly chopped dark chocolate (I used 85%)
- Lightly whisk egg with a fork
- Add butter/oil, vanilla and rice malt syrup. Stir well to combine.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Allow to sit for approximately 5 minutes. This allows the oats to swell slightly and makes it easier for the mixture to come together.
- Spoon small piles of mixture unto a tray lined with baking paper. (The mixture will feel very crumbly and won't come together at this stage but after baked they will stay together)
- Bake in a 180 degree oven for approximately 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
- Allow to cool completely before removing from the tray. This is important because when warm they will fall apart if you try to lift them.
Oats are an amazing ingredient - they are super inexpensive yet associated with numerous health benefits! They are packed full of dietary fibre called beta-glucan, which has been associated with lowering of 'bad' LDL cholesterol. This fibre also aids in satiety and hence is a great ingredient to utilise if trying to loose weight. Oats also contain magnesium, zinc, selenium and phosphorus. They are also a great source of carotenoids and flavanoids.