Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Oatmeal cookies for a rainy day
What is a good thing to do on a rainy day? Make cookies, of course! This recipe for a healthier version of the old favorite are sweet enough, especially with the addition of plenty of fruit and easy to make. No eggs and no butter make these a healthy choice, plus they get better with age. Time seems to enhance the flavors of the fruit, nuts and oatmeal.
These are not gluten-free but they aren't filled with bad fats, either. You could try alternative flours like oat flour, but you really should add a little tapioca flour (1 to 2 tablespoons) to help them hold together. The eggs usually take on that job but not in these.
Perfect for a rainy day.
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup canned coconut milk (both regular and reduced fat work well, we used half and half)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 cups quick oats
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
Combine sugar and coconut milk until well-mixed. Add flour, salt and baking powder. Mix well. Fold in the dried fruit and nuts. Drop by tablespoons on baking sheets covered with parchment paper.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
Better the second day and moister than regular cookies.