Healthy Peanut Raisin Cookies

For those days when you are trying to be good but are still craving something sweet

Hi there, I am Elisa, the one, that always tries to get back to healthy habits after holidays to loose the "holiday weight" (I like this definition from Ross Geller, Friends TV-Series). That is why especially now, there will be occassional healthy recipes appearing here. Since to me healthy has to also taste great in order for me to opt out for the healthier option, you don´t need to worry about these recipes being boring :)

During Christmas holidays I received some delicious peanut cookies from my boyfriend in an advent calendar and omg, were they good! Then I did the worst mistake you can do while eating something you find irresistable, I looked at the ingredients list and the nutritional values list. Unfortunately, as almost always with any store bought cookies, half was sugar.. I never really get it, why do they have to add so much when it can taste as good with less? And yes, I know they can, because I do that all the time with my recipes and they taste delicious and not overly sweet. But I guess it is a matter of saving money for the companies, since sugar is one of the cheapest ingredients. Well, I could go on and on about this topic, but lets get back to the cookies, shall we :)

While I was looking at that cookie package studying the ingredients and nutritional values, I thought, I could easily re-create this recipe and not use any sugar at all. Of course I would need some sweetener, so I was thinking like a bit of honey or agave syrup. You could also use sugar, but just add the amount instructed in the recipe.

I love getting inspired by others or by something I see in the store and make my own version of it. That way you get to decide what goes into it and you also know exactly what you are eating. 

Make sure to check the video tutorial below for some tips on how to form the cookies, the batter itself is not very uniform and forming a cookie might be a challenge if you don´t know how to do it.

Happy Baking darlings!

Enjoy!

Step by Step Video

RECIPE

Healthy Peanut Raisin Cookies

For those days when you are trying to be good but are still craving something sweet

​INGREDIENTS

  • 80g peanuts

  • 60g raisins

  • 40g sunflower seeds

  • 20g sesame seeds

  • 60g oats

  • 1 egg

  • 4tsp coconut oil

  • 3-4tbsp agave syrup

DIRECTIONS

  1. First you want to crush the peanuts. You can do this in a blender just blending shortly so you don´t end up with peanut flour or you can do it using pestle and mortar.

  2. Add crushed peanuts, raisins, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and oats to a medium bowl and give a short mix.

  3. Then add coconut oil and agave syrup.

  4. Whisk the egg in a separate bowl and also add to the dry ingredients.

  5. Mix well until all dry ingredients have been incorporated with the wet ingredients and you don´t have any dry spots or lumps of coconut oil left in your batter.

  6. Leave the cookie batter aside for 10-15 minutes, then mix again shortly.

  7. Cover a baking tray with parchment paper and portion the cookie batter with a teaspoon into the parchment paper. Then form the cookies with your fingers pressing the batter onto the parchment paper. If the batter sticks to your fingers a lot you can dip your fingers into water to help form the cookies. (See video)

  8. Bake the cookies in 180°C bottom top heat in the middle shelf of the oven for about 10 minutes or just until they start to get golden from the top.

  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before removing from the baking tray. The cookies harden while they cool and removing them hot/warm from the tray may result in them falling apart.

  10. Store the cookies in an airtight container.

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