Almost Guilt-Free Apple & Raisin Cookies
Alright, hands up who loves a cookie? Perhaps a better question: Who doesn't love a cookie? A soft, chewy, sweet biscuit is the perfect pick-me-up for any tired Mummy, but - with the right twists of course- it can be perfect for active little children, too.
So, this week I'm proposing a healthier, more nutritious version of the classic gooey, guilt-ridden cookie. Perhaps not completely guilt-free, but certainly a lot of less of the nasties you'll find in some of the big brands at the shops! Using sweet rosy apples and raisins naturally sweetens up the cookies, and using some cupboard staples means they retain the same texture of shop bought-cookies with added goodness (and without all that butter). Perfect for winning over even the fussiest of toddlers, or the cynical teenager! Like every good Clean Little Tummies recipe, they are also quick to make, mix in one bowl, and roll into cookie-shaped balls (a perfect job for Clean Little Fingers!) and pop into the oven in a matter of minutes. Not difficult, and not much washing up either. (Win!)
The ingredients are simple. If you want to swap out the raisins for sultanas, nuts, or anything else you might fancy, go ahead.
To make my cookies you will need:
1 large sweet apple, grated - save a few slices for decorating the cookies
225g plain wholemeal flour
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp of baking powder
100g maple syrup
80g coconut oil, melted or butter, softened
2 tsp cinnamon
How to make them?
Pre heat the oven to 160C and prepare two baking trays with baking parchment.
Combine all the ingredients together except the apple and raisins. Once throughly mixed, add the apples and raisins and stir through. Make sure they are distributed evenly throughout the mixture.
If you have a food processor or mixer then this will make light work of the job. I throw mine into my beloved kitchen aid.
Once mixed, use your hands to make little balls of cookie dough and place them on the baking tray, spacing out evenly. Press each one down with the back of a spoon.
Place in the oven for 10-15 until risen and golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
Enjoy with a cup of tea or on the school run. They make a lovely addition to a packed lunch too.
This will make about 20 small cookies.
Caroline & The Clean Little Tummies xxxx