Friday, 28 April 2017

Chocolate, Hazelnut & Banana Oatmeal Cookies


Usually I'm not that big of a fan of cookies, but everything containing chocolate is the exception. I'm actually kind of surprised of how delicious these oatmeal cookies turned out. They taste of chocolate, hazelnuts and banana and are chewy on the outside but pretty soft on the inside.

Cookies for (almost) all! These cookies are vegan, egg-free, dairy-free and gluten-free (if using certified GF oats). For a nut-free version you could try sunflower seeds and sunflower seed butter instead of hazelnuts and hazelnut seed butter. The cookies are also more nutritious than your regular cookie as they are made from mostly whole foods instead of refined ingredients.

I love that the weather is getter warmer and that it's finally season for drinking tea in the garden again (well, sometimes at least). Few things feel better than being in the sunshine, tea in hand, surrounded by plants. In our often stressful world I think that it's so important to cherish these calm moments and simply be in the now for a while.

As I write this it's Thursday evening and I've just come home from work and the gym. I'm so grateful that after a few challenging months I'm finally strong enough and in so little pain that I can finally work out again. I've kept up my at-home yoga practise during this time, but the gym wasn't even something to consider. I just wanted to stay on the sofa after work. But now I feel better and that's so awesome. Now it's REST time though. I'm having some green tea and a few super delicious medjool dates (which my love bought for me ♥). Then we'll probably have a chill night with dinner and some HBO. We began watching The Handmaid's Tale yesterday and OMG! Watch it!

Anyways, happy weekend!


Chocolate, Hazelnut & Banana Oatmeal Cookies

About 12 cookies


1/2 cup (1 dl) raw hazelnuts
2 tbsp hazelnut butter
8 fresh and juicy dates, pitted
1/4 cup (1/2 dl) coconut sugar
1 big banana
1 tbsp chia seeds
Pinch of salt
Pinch of vanilla bean powder
1/4 cup (1/2 dl) raw cacao powder (or regular cocoa)
1 tsp virgin coconut oil
1 tbsp cacao nibs
1 1/3 cup (3 dl) rolled oats

1. Warm the oven to 150 degrees C/300 degrees F.
2. Blend together everything but the cacao nibs and oats in a food processor until fairly smooth.
3. Add the cacao nibs and oats and pulse until they are mixed into the batter but not blended smooth.
4. Form the batter into balls which you then flatten out slightly. Put them onto a baking tray covered with parchment paper. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 25-30 minutes. The cookies will harden a bit more when cooling. Enjoy! Store any leftover cookies in the fridge.

3 comments:

  1. This looks absolutely delicious and amazing!

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    1. Thank you so much, hope you'll like them if you try them! Seriously stalking your blog right now, wish my French was better though :)

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