Apple and Date Oat Cookies
An easy recipe for super flavourful and chewy cookies, packed with wholesome ingredients.
These delightful cookies combine hearty oats with the natural goodness of dates and fresh apples, creating a super nutritious and satisfying treat.
You will need:
2 cups peeled and chopped/grated apples
50g chopped dates
1 cup plain flour
1 large free-range egg
2 cups rolled oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
90g light brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Bart's warming winter spice mix (or a pinch of nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp ground cloves)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
a pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 180C/gas4 and line a baking tray with baking parchment
In a bowl, mix the butter, egg, sugar and vanilla extract using a whisk
Add the baking powder, spice mix, cinnamon and salt and mix well
Add the flour and oats and mix again
Add the apples and dates, and mix some more, using a wooden spoon or a spatula, making sure the fruit pieces are evenly distributed in the batter.
Scoop a spoonful of the mixture, roll it into a ball then place it on the lined tray.
Gently press the mixture to flatten the ball
Repeat until you use all the mixture
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown at 180C/gas4
Remove them from the tray and leave them on a cooling rack until completely cooled down.
You can use fresh chopped or grated apples and these cookies will be just as delicious, the only difference being that when using grated apples, the cookies have a smoother appearance.
Feel free to add chopped walnuts, cranberries, raisins, desiccated coconut or dried apricots to the mix, but not more than 1/2 cup, otherwise they will be more crumbly than desired
You can also experiment with adding a few more spices to the mix, such as ginger or cardamom
Stored in an air-tight container at room temperature, these cookies will last for 3-4 days, but they are best when eaten on the same day
After receiving it in a Degutabox, I started using the Warming Winter Spice mix from Bart and it's proven to be quite useful for some of my recipes, but if you don't have it available, a mix of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg will be just as good for this recipe.
Baking times may vary, depending on the type of oven you use, with fan-assisted ovens baking things a bit quicker than conventional ones
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