Banana and Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Cookies – Gluten Free Option included

I think these should be called Cakies! They are the perfect combination of a cake and a cookie. They are thick and loaded with chocolate chips; they are very satisfying and filling and full of good stuff like bananas and oats.

I’ve adapted some of the ingredients so you can choose to go with the original or make the recipe a little healthier with less refined products. Either way, they are perfect as an afternoon or mid morning snack to keep you going till lunch or dinner time.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Gluten Free

These are your classic oatmeal raisin cookie – crispy around the edges and soft and chewy in the middle – basically heavenly perfect!

Oats don’t contain gluten but they would regularly be contaminated with gluten in their processing or storing stages so it’s important to use certified gluten free oats in the recipe.

I love this recipe for it’s simplicity. Just a bowl and a good spoon are needed.  In order to prevent them spreading, I pop them in the fridge for 15-30 minutes before baking.

 

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Oat & Berry Muffins – Gluten Free

Love this ever so easy recipe which uses a food processor to make and that’s it! If you don’t have a food processor, you could use a blender and I think it may also work in a Nutri Bullet.

It’s full of lovely oats which I’ve blitzed before proceeding so I basically have Oat Flour. It gives a better result once baked. It’s perfect to use up a couple of over ripe bananas and there’s no butter in the recipe. We use oil instead. Sunflower is good but equally, vegetable oil will work too. The last bit of good news is there’s no refined sugar either. It just keeps getting better! You can choose from honey, maple syrup or like me, use Agave Syrup.

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Soft Toffee Muffins

This recipe was originally for a loaf cake style but the amount of flour meant it wouldn’t rise much so I thought it might work better as small muffins and it did. I doubled the recipe to make 12 muffins. They don’t rise a lot but filling them about 2/3 of the way will ensure you get a decent result.

There’s no butter either; I used sunflower oil and instead of golden caster sugar, I used organic, non refined coconut sugar which gave the muffins a rich golden colour when baked.

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Oat Cookies – Gluten Free Option included

I recently bought the lovely Val Stones’ book, The Cake Whisperer and there are some great home baking recipes in it which are tried and tested over many years. I loved Val on GBBO when she said she listened to her cakes to see if they were baked through. She came across such a lovely, warm person who really loved baking and those she baked for.

This recipe is originally for Ginger & Cinnamon Cookies and I’ve made both the original version plus I’ve made a Chocolate Chip & Cinnamon version too. Both are really delicious and went down very well with everyone. I converted them to gluten free so everybody at cozebakes could enjoy them and no one noticed the difference so that’s always a good sign. I’ve put the regular and gluten free versions in the ingredients.

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No Bake Almond Butter & Oat Cookies

These are a combination of a protein ball and a soft cookie. I used crunchy almond butter to make these and I replaced the brown sugar with coconut sugar. If you like nuts, I would add a handful of unsalted nuts to give them extra crunch!

They are basically made in a saucepan and then left to set in the fridge. You need to leave them for at least 2 hours before eating as they won’t hold otherwise. I did try to shape them into balls for easy transport but they don’t have enough sticking power so having them in a cookie shape works better.

I’ve adapted the recipe from the “eating well” site and converted it from US to European measurements.

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No Added Sugar Lemon Honey Oat Biscuits

These biscuits are for when you want to be good but still want a treat and using honey instead of any processed or refined sugar helps to make these a perfect choice. Honey has a lot of advantages over refined sugar so is a good choice.

Using oats gives them great texture and if you use gluten free oats and gluten free oat flour, you can serve them to coeliacs too.

Just be aware not to use a large lemon. Only use a standard one and only zest half of the lemon and use the juice of one half only. Otherwise they can be overpowering as you don’t have the sugar to combat the tang.

Lemon and Honey just work really well together and I’ve adapted this US recipe to grams and offered a few options for ingredients.

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Apple & Cinnamon Crumble Squares

Basically, this recipe is a hug in a traybake! It’s so delicious, so warming and full of comfort. The bonus is that it’s really simple to make too. You can serve it with crème fraiche or whipped cream for a dessert or just slice into squares and share with your friends over a cuppa.

These delicious squares can easily be converted to Gluten Free by replacing the flour and oats to gluten free options. As it’s basically a crumble, it will convert well.

Depending on the size of the bars, you should get about 16 generous slices out of this recipe. You don’t need to turn the oven on until you’ve almost completed the apple filling so you can make the filling first if you need to get ahead.

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Oat & Honey Biscuits

These are great biscuits to have in the house for when you just want something a little sweet but not sickly with your cuppa. They are crunchy on the outside and soft with a cinnamon kick on the inside. Pure comfort! They only take 15 minutes in the oven and a bit of mixing to get them oven ready and by using great Irish honey and oats, they rise to another level.

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Oaty Apple Crumble – Can be Gluten Free

We love a crumble in our house and even though we add different things at different times, there’s nothing like the original, not messed with version to just put an “aaahhhh” in your belly! I make this gluten free for the coeliacs in my house by using gluten free flour and oats.

I’ve adapted the ingredients so they are perfect for 4 people and used a dish measuring approx. 20cm x 16cm. I’ve also reduced the original sugar content by over half. There won’t be any leftovers from this! It’s so easy to make, takes 10 mins to put together and 35 mins in the oven. Show everyone in the house how to make this and then let their creative juices flow.

Just double up for a bigger group to feed.

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Flapjacks

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Soooo where do you start with Flapjacks? Everyone has a version and most are great. They are a handy “on the go” snack but can be laden with calories or fat so enjoy but don’t over indulge. They are a good starter to the day with their oats and dried fruit.

Traditionally you make Flapjacks with porridge oats but I have a fussy one in the house who has an issue with textures yet loves Flapjacks so I decided to use oat bran which produced a really nice bar and got a big thumbs up 🙂

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