Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Easy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies [vg]

Presenting to you - UK lockdown staple number two! My oatmeal raisin cookies. 

These cookies are so easy that I have had people with small kids tell me that they have used my recipe with them and it went down a treat! The cookies are also guilt free IMO and although they feel like a little indulgence, they're really not when you look at the basic ingredients!


I seem to be unable to eat food that isn't topped with PB or AB atm! Oops.


Ingredients:
(Makes about 9 cookies)
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups jumbo oats
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 heaped tbsp salted PB or AB
  • pinch of salt
  • handful of raisins




Method:
  1. Mix!
  2. Press and shape into cookies with your hand - TOP TIP: wet your hands before doing this so that less of the mixture sticks to your hands and more of it helps to form the nice and even cookie shape
  3. Bake at 180 degrees for 15 minutes or until browned on top
  4. Remove from oven once cooked and allow to cool for 5 min on the tray before transferring to a rack - this first step ensures your cookies don't break up and the latter step ensures you don't get a soggy bottom..!
  5. Enjoy covered in PB or AB!
  6. I store these in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3 days (they don't last longer than this in our household..!)

Enjoy,
Jess x


Makes about 9 good sized cookies :)

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My Guilt Free and Fool Proof Walnut and Raisin Banana Bread [vg]

So it's been nearly 7 months since my last blog post..! I don't know where the time has gone but I am gracing the internet with my presence again to post the much requested recipes you will have seen me baking each week during the UK lockdown.

This is the first one - my easy and pretty much guilt free walnut and raisin banana bread. I have seen so many 'influencers' posting their sad, sunken banana breads that it's time you had a more reliable recipe to hand..! I wasn't planning on even posting these recipes so I apologise in advance for my IG story screen grabs of the inserted photos! Next time I bake them I will be sure to take some snaps :)


Perfect every time!


Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 70ml coconut oil, melted
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup granulated sugar (must be granulated for texture)
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1tsp bicarbonate soda
  • pinch of salt
  • handful of raisins and chopped walnuts (or fresh blueberries for a blueberry loaf!)

N.B. I've found that more sugar is needed for darker flours such as buckwheat and rye



Method:
  1. Mix!
  2. Bake at 175 degrees for 35 minutes (I use a fan oven so cooking times will vary slightly if your oven is different) 
  3. Remove from oven once cooked - bread should be browned on top and spring back when gently pressed in the middle. Leave to cool on a wire rack so you don't get a soggy bottom!
  4. I love mine warmed up and topped with salted PB or AB :)

Enjoy,
Jess x


Warm banana bread topped with salted AB and cinnamon - dreamy!

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