Wholesome Apple & Blackberry Autumn Cookies
Who doesn't love autumn? It's the most beautiful time of the year. The leaves are falling, the colours are changing, the days are sunny and crisp, and best of all we have a whole new haul of produce coming our way. It's the time of year when every time we visit my parents' house we come home with boxes full of homegrown goodies: apples, blackberries, pears, plums, squashes... yum. It's also the time when you can't go a Sunday afternoon family walk without a big tub for collecting blackberries; when the little tummies return home with blackened mouths and full tummies, having eaten more blackberries than they've collected! Oh, and of course, it's the time of the year for conkers, but I won't get started on them, there isn't a pocket in our house that isn't full of them!
So, after all the autumn walks, leaf-crunching and conker-collecting, everyone needs a little refuelling. Our favourite autumn flavours have to be blackberry and apple, the perfect combination every time. We love coming home to a roast dinner on a Sunday followed by a blackberry and apple crumble, but this busy mummy can't have that every day. No, no, NO! But, because I know the Clean Little Tummies love these flavours, I've come up with some super easy, super tasty blackberry and apple cookies which are perfect for mid-afternoon autumn treats, or a little addition to breakfast as they only contain oats and fruits - perfection!
These little cookies really are the perfect autumn cookie: sweet, chewy and tasty. Perfect for little fingers - Sam devours them with only eight teeth - and I am partial to one or two with my afternoon cup of tea. They have a natural sweetness so that you only need a little honey to sweeten them and bind them together. The grated apple gives a lovely fresh taste and they smell divine as they bake in the oven. You don't need any fancy ingredients or equipment either, and they're cheap to make. Best of all you can do a lovely trip out to collect the blackberries and maybe even the apples with your little ones before getting them involved in the baking, a lovely autumn weekend activity. Need I say more?! Get cooking!
So, what do you need...?
2/3 medium sized apples
2 very ripe bananas
1 tbsp honey
This will make about 20 small cookies
All you need to do is...
Pre heat the oven to 200C.
Put the two bananas into a bowl and mash them until almost a puree (or CHEAT and put them in a mixer, love my Kitchen Aid for this!)
Grate the apples (peel them if you like but I grate the skin too).
Squeeze all the juice from the apples, I hold the grated apple over a sieve and squeeze it with my hand...works a treat. (A ready made apple juice for clean little impatient tummies whilst they wait for the cookies).
Mix the apple with the banana, add the oats and honey and mix well.
Stir through the blackberries.
Put little spoonfuls of the mixture** onto a lined baking tray. Space them evenly apart and flatten them down with the back of a spoon before baking.
Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes at 200C until golden brown. Leave to cool so that they firm up into beautiful chewy cookies. I guarantee they will be a winner with your Clean Little Tummies.
*Of course if all the blackberries are eaten before you get home from your walk then some raisins, cranberries, blueberries work well too.
** Don't have time to spoon out individual cookies? Place all the mixture in a lined baking tin, bake for ten minutes longer and cut into slices when cool.
Enjoy and don't forget to share your bakes with me on Instagram (@cleanlittletummieshappiemummies) or Facebook. I'd love to see them. Enjoy your Autumn walks too.
Love Caroline & the Clean Little Tummies