Thursday, September 24, 2009

Simply Oats Cookies

These are actually simple cookies that uses oats alone without any flours.The actual recipe I found here uses egg whites and honey as binder.I halved the recipe and used Ener G egg replacer powder instead of egg whites.

Ingredients:
Oats: 3/4 cup
Almonds: 2-3 tbsp lightly toasted

Cinnamon Powdered: 1/2 tsp +/-
Salt: a pinch
Honey : 8 tsp
Ener G Egg :1 (1.5 tsp packed powder with 2 tbsp water beaten stiff ) OR 1 Egg White

Preparation:
In a big bowl, mix together the egg white/Ener G Egg with honey,cinnamon,salt.Add oats and toasted almonds.Mix well and then drop packed tablespoons of the mix onto a greased baking sheet.

Bake in a preheated oven for 10 -12 minutes till the tops are lightly browned.


Here egg whites and honey are used as binder .Since I used ener G powder as an egg white replacer,I tried to beat the egg powder mixed with 2 tbsp water with an electric beater,but could not beat it stiff.So when I added oats I got just a mix - it was neither a batter nor a dough just looked like a mix.So I scooped packed tablespoonful of this and plonked it in an ungreased but lined baking sheet (ungreased as mentioned in the recipe) and then slightly flattened it and patted into an almost round shape and baked it.After baking the cookies stuck to the sheet being ungreased and it took time to take them out.So always grease the cooking sheet even though you are lining it.Its a lesson I learnt after these cookies.

The cookies were soft but they held together.The honey and oatty taste were there though I had added cinnamon.So you can increase the cinnamon if you want or avoid it altogether.The nuts added to the taste.You can optionally add 1-2 tbsp of raisins/currants if you like.You can toast the chopped almonds by spreading them as a single layer in a baking sheet and toasting in the oven for 10-12 minutes while the oven is preheating.Also I pulled them out just as the tops started browning.The bottom side were lightly browned.I got nine cookies.

I feel the recipe requires more polishing as this was the first time I used a replacer for eggwhite and that too it was not beaten stiff though I tried.But the cookies or granola rounds turned out perfect tasting.The cookies being made of oats are on way to Madhuram's Whole Grain Baking :Oats at EgglessCooking.

The oats,honey and the almonds are heart healthy and hearty and filling or rather the cookies are surely guilt free snacks which makes them eligible for Healthnut Challenge 2:Guilt Free Snacks at HealthNut.

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