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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

So I have a confession – I suck at making cookies!! I have had some curse over my life when it comes to making cookies! Whenever I make them, they come out flat flat flat flat – like see-through-the-cookie-onto-the-pan type of flat! I’ve heard all the “solutions”; “use more butter,” “use less butter,” “use more flour,” “use different sugar,” “chill it” and so on! Believe me, I’ve tried! I even experimented with some friends where 3 of us made the dough, 3 of use made the cookie balls and divided them among 2 pans, I put one pan in the oven and my friend put the other in the over…her’s came out perfect Betty Crocker cookies…mine – FLAT!

So, I tend to just avoid the baking step now! Cookie dough is delicious anyway!  And I figure one day when I have kids, they will think I’m the best mom ever because I give them cookie dough instead of cookies!

Well I gave it another go tonight, I was craving some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I looked on Pinterest (as you do!), and found a recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. And you aren’t going to believe this…BUT MY COOKIES LOOK NORMAL!! It is literally a miracle!

I am so excited! So I am going to share this recipe with everyone and use it over and over and over again! Apparently, this is the miracle recipe! So here you go, enjoy some delicious cookies!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients
-1 cup of butter, softened to room temperature
-1 cup packed light brown sugar
-1 cup granulated sugar
-2 large eggs
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp salt
-2 cups all purpose flour (plain flour)
-2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (porridge oats do the trick)
-2 cups chocolate chips

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Cream the butter and sugars together
2. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat everything together until it’s light and fluffy
3. Add in the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix
4. Add the flour and oats. Mix together.
5. Mix in the chocolate chips,
6. Drop balls of dough (approx 2 Tbsp of dough) onto a greased baking tray. Bake for 10-12 minutes (depending on your oven and desired “done-ness”)
7. Let cool slightly on tray so they don’t fall apart, then move to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

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Apple Maple Granola

Apple Maple Granola

Apple Maple Granola

I have discovered that I really like being a make your own food girl!  Sure it takes a bit more time than picking something up at the supermarket, but I know exactly what I’m eating, I get to tweak what I do and don’t like, AND it’s WAAAAAAY less expensive!!  Example – you can buy a 450g tub of organic yogurt at Tesco for £1.85 each week. OR you can buy a small tub of natural yoghurt for about 50p ONE TIME, and you can make 3-6 PINTS of yoghurt! Yes, you still have to buy the milk (£1.50)…but do you know how long even 3 pints of yoghurt lasts? Along time! And all you have to do is keep a bit for the next time you make it!

One food I am also really enjoying making is Granola! This is probably comparable price to what you could buy in a shop BUT you get to decide what you add into it. But you can still buy the ingredients cheap and make it for a cheaper cost! It all depends what you want to put in!

If you want the recipes for a basic honey raisin granola, or start making your own yoghurt, check out this post.

But here is a new one I found from Taste Love & Nourish – Apple Maple Granola, yum, yum!!

 

Apple Maple Granola

Ingredients
-1 Apple
-2 Eggs Whites
-3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
-3 Tbsp Chia Seeds
-1/4cup Brown sugar
-1/2 cup Maple Syrup
-1 cup chopped walnuts
-1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 cup dried Cranberries
-1/4 cup raisins

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 250C. While it’s heating up, slice your apple into thin circles. A mandolin slicer is the easiest way to do this if you have one. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the sliced apples on top. Then bake for 45 minutes.

2. When the apples have about 15 minutes left, start preparing the granola part. In a large bowl whisk the egg whites until they are nice and frothy. Add in all the other ingredients up to the cinnamon.  Mix together well, then place on the another baking sheeting lined with parchment paper.

3. Move the apples to a lower rack and place the granola on the middle rack. Continue to bake for another 45 minutes at 250C.

4. Remove the apple slices from the oven and let cool on the tray. Increase the oven temperature to about 300C.  Give the granola a stir (not too rough, you want it to still be kind of clumpy), then put it back in the over for another 15 minutes.

5. Once the granola has started to brown, remove from the oven and allow to cool. Break up the dried apples into bite sized pieces and add to the granola.  Also add in any other dried fruit you would like at this point.

6. Store in an airtight container.

Notes
1. The apples may need slightly more or less time depending on thickness and your oven. Just watch the first few times you make this until you know the right combination!