Coffee Break Cookies

Yesterday I had a house full of teenage girls ( 4 in a small apartment can seem like more.)  One slept over keeping Gee company, two others arrived in staggered bits – to go swimming, to dye their hair and do their nails ( normal teenage “hanging” things)….

Occasionally one would wander to the fridge and cupboards, open a door and look in longingly, pronouncing there was no food in the house.  Strange.   I am sure there was plenty – there always IS plenty of food.  What they meant was that there was no processed shop bought junk food in the house.  Now that is a different thing entirely.

Turn oven onto 170 degrees C/ 350degrees F, to heat.  If fan forced, make that 120, and watch it closely as it cooks so quickly.  Take 125gm unsalted butter, 100gms soft brown sugar and 50gms of golden syrup or honey.  In a small saucepan gently melt the butter and stir to combine and then take off the heat and cool.

Meanwhile mix 140gms stone ground flour, 100gm steel cut oats, 1 tsp cinnamon, 75gm sultanas, 75gm chopped pecans/walnuts, macadamias ( whatever nuts you have lying around), stir to combine.

Beat an egg with a tsp of vanilla essence, add to dry ingredients with cooled wet mix and stir until it combines.

Line a tray with baking paper and using a dessertspoon mound one heaped dessertspoon and place on tray, one at a time and press down slightly with a fork.

Place on middle rack in oven.  For a normal oven this takes 12 – 15 minutes.  In a fan forced oven, this takes a mere few minutes.  So watch them.  They are not a brittle, hard cookie, but a soft melting type of thing.

This recipe makes 20.

I put these on a plate to cool on the breakfast bar, and the “no food in the house” teens inhaled them.

I choose to bake because I can adjust recipes to suit both what I have in the house and nutrition.  I often replace the flour with ground almond meal or hazelnut meal or a mix of flour and nut meals to increase protein and decrease carbs.  Likewise I have been known to throw in a handful of chocolate chips or drizzle melted chocolate over the top just to make them extra lush.  I always throw in a large spoon full of lsa ( grown linseed, almond and sunflower seeds) but noone ever catches me on that.  I also throw that into tomato based pasta sauces and curries as well.  Always looking for sneaky ways to add healthy things to diets.

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