Serves 6 5 mins preparation | 20 mins cooking
So the word “cookie” is derived from the Dutch word koekje meaning “small or little cake”. And cookies are known by various names around the globe, for instance, they are known as biscuits in England and Australia, as cookies in America, as galletas in Spain, Germans call the Christmas cookies as keks or Plzchen, they’re known as amaretti and biscotti in Italy. The birthplace of cookies happens to be Persia (modern-day Iran!), given that it was one of the first countries to cultivate sugar. And history has it that a small amount of cake batter was used to test the oven temperature; this means that cookies were born as test cakes and slowly won their way into our tummies.
Today and we have so many types of cookies/biscuits that have many of us dropping cookie crumbs everywhere. It is important that you take a conscious effort to eat nutritiously (make no compromises here) and control the urge to binge. You can add a whole variety of ingredients to bump the flavour of the cookie and give it a nutritious twist, try oats, chocolate chips, spices, cacao nibs, nuts, dried fruits, matcha, olive oil, peanut butter, jam, coconut flakes, sesame seeds and so on. I honestly believe that superfoods will add to the nutrient value and flavour of the cookie.
Classic chocolate chip cookies: –
Jam cookies: –
Matcha cookies: –
Cranberry cookies: –
Afghan cookies: –
The Dark Chocolate Effect:
There’s no denying that cookies have been our best friends at some point or the other. Imagine taking a bite of that crispy-on-the-outside-and-mysteriously-soft-on-the-inside cookie…umm…and now imagine having some molten heavenly dark chocolate drizzled all over ’em. Hallelujah! I honestly got a hundred million emotions when I talk about dark chocolate. I mean can we all take a moment and appreciate how good it makes us feel because of the phenethylamine and all that chemical jazz for starters! Dark chocolate is good for the body in one too many ways (however, consult your physician/nutritionist just to be sure). It is rich in beneficial minerals (like potassium, iron, zinc..) and is known to be good for the skin, the heart, the brain among other benefits. Like, how perfect does this get?
Now can you even comprehend the awesomeness of the combination of fibrous oats and dark chocolate? The recipe’s right below. Also, go ahead and double the quantities in the ingredients list to make a double batch, if you feel like. Lastly, make sure you refrigerate the cookies for 24 to 36 hours to bump the flavour to the level heaven!!!
- 1 cup (90 g) rolled oats
- 1/2 cup (25 g) coconut flakes
- pinch sea salt
- 1/2 cup (60 g) chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup (35 g) Craisins (dried cranberries) 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 40 g butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- dark chocolate
01. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced) and line a baking tray with baking paper
02. Place the oats, coconut, salt, walnuts, cranberries, banana, butter, maple syrup and sesame seeds in a bowl and mix to combine. Roll 2 tablespoons of the mixture for each cookie into a ball and place on the lined tray, leaving space between them to allow for spreading.
03. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and dry. Set aside to cool on the tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. Melt the
04. Melt some dark chocolate in a small heavy-based saucepan and drizzle over the compassionate cookies for an extra treat!