Orange, Almond and Raisin Cookies

I´m not a very sweet toothed person, but as soon as I decide to try and eat sensibly for a while to shift a couple of kilos, I find myself craving things I wouldn´t normally eat. Like cookies.

I came across a lovely recipe over at IamSimplyTia which I thought we be a perfect, not so naughty treat.  Of course, as soon as I set about making the cookies, I needed to adapt as I was short of some of the ingredients.

Here´s my adapted version for a guilt free but flavour packed snack.

Ingredients (makes 18 large cookies)

  • 2 mashed ripe bananas
  • ¼ cup of natural yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon of almond essence
  • ¾ cup of white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Put all of the above ingredients into a large bowl and beat until well blended.

Now add

  • ¾ cup of self raising flour
  • 1 ½ cups of oats
  • ½ cup of raisins
  • ¼ cup of almond slices
  • the grated rind of half a large orange

Mix well with a wooden spoon and place the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes. Meanwhile heat the oven to 180ºC and line 2 baking trays with ovenproof or silicon paper.

Place heaped tablespoons of the mixture on the baking trays and bake for about 25 minutes until lightly browned on top.  Leave to cool for fruity, nutty, crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside cookies.  Thanks for the inspiration Tia!

Becuase of the changes I made these are best eaten within 48 hours – but I don´t think that will be a problem, will it?!

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37 thoughts on “Orange, Almond and Raisin Cookies

  1. Oh chica, that’s always the case… when you’re free to do what you’re like, you’re bored and don’t want half the stuff available… and when you’re busy or constricted by limits, you suddenly want everything that you wouldn’t normally ask for! Tell me about it… story of my life! These cookies, on the other hand, look great. I’m sure I’d be craving them a lot more had I not just eaten almost half a cake… ehm. Make no judgements about me please (I’ve been slowly at it since 5 hours ago……………….

  2. Hubby will love these! After we work through the Girl Scout cookies we bought, and the Valentine’s brownies Angel and I are making on Monday…
    I had a wicked sweet tooth in my 20’s and 30’s, but it’s pretty much gone now. Dessert when we go out on Date Night (Saturday) is usually the only time I eat it anymore – and I share that!
    I’m surprised you had maple syrup in your pantry – isn’t it hard to get there?

    1. Like you, I rarely eat dessert and it sounds like you have lots of cookies to work your way through! Maple Syrup was delivered by a UK visitor…can´t get it here, you´re right!

  3. Chica these look fantastic and I will have to try your recipe. I lovvveeeeee the addition of almond essence (would extract do?) I think they taste wonderful! Thanks so much for trying my recipe (and linking me) I feel special.

  4. Those look healthy and delicious! We, too, are on a healthier bent with a desire to shed some weight. However, if I make cookies of any type, I really will eat them all in 24 hours. They are my true sweet weakness!

  5. Really love the adaptations you made to the original, Tanya. Looks like health food to me! Remember that dieting’s tough on a body so be sure to eat plenty of these to keep up your strength! 😉

  6. For someone with not much of a sweet tooth, you sure know how to bake a mean cookie, Tanya! I enjoy a good oatmeal cookie and adding banana to this one makes it a real stand-out. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Hi Chica, these look great – they remind me a lot of something my mother makes sometimes, called “rock cakes” (not really cake, more like a slightly puffy cookie) and they’re wonderful, so if these are anything like them I know they’d be fab!

  8. Oh, baking. For some reason, I’m a horrible baker, but cookies I somehow seem to manage. My favorite are cookies with oatmeal in them (and I happen to have some oatmeal in my cupboard!), so I’ll have to try your adapted version. 😉

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