Thursday, December 31, 2015

Oatmeal Jaggery cookies

Extremely tasty, these healthy cookies are a perfect tea time snack. With these cookies made of Oatmeal and jaggery, you will have a guilt free and a delicious treat.

It has been quite some time since I baked anything at home. I tried baking some wheat grass bread which did not come out that good. So, I thought I will try something more simple yet healthy as my first bake for the new year. Since I am trying to cut on sugar, I made cookies without sugar but jaggery. I wanted to make these cookies as healthy as possible since I also wanted to give it for my dad for his regular snack. He is diabetic so he has to cut on white sugar and can eat jaggery once a while. He usually keeps some snacks(made with jaggery) in his bag for when his sugar level drops.

Moving on..., here is the recipe for one of the healthiest and tastiest cookies for this new year. I have used Ghee(clarified butter) since my dad loves it but you can replace ghee for butter or oil. You can also skip choco chips if you want.

Nutritional Information  (Approx) (per serving)
(1 Serving = 1 Cookie)
Energy  19 Calories
Fat 0.6 %
Carbohydrates 1.5 %
Dietary Fiber 0.2 %
Sodium 0 mg
Vitamin A 0.2 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium  0 %
Iron  0.2 %
Protein 0.3 Grams
Sugar 0.4 Grams

Whole wheat flour 3/4 cup
Oatmeal 1/2 cup
Jaggery grated/powdered 2 tablespoons
Vanilla essence 1 teaspoon
Ghee 1 tablespoon
Baking powder 1 teaspoon
Salt a pinch
Chocochips a handful

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Sift together wheat flour, baking powder and salt. Add oatmeal and mix well. Melt jaggery with ghee, add vanilla essence and whisk for few minutes till they are combined well.
Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and form a dough. If the dough is too dry, add a teaspoon of milk. Sprinkle the chocochips and knead the dough. Make sure you do not knead it too much.

Flatten the cookies into shape and arrange them on a lined baking tray. Bake on the preheated oven for 20 minutes or till the cookies turn brown.
Make sure the cookies are still soft to touch when you remove from oven since cookies get hard after cooling.
Let the cookies cool on tray for about 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack and store in air tight container once cooled completely.

* You can replace ghee for butter or oil. Also, increase the amount of fat for softer cookies.
* Melting jaggery is a must since chunks of jaggery left will melt out of dough while baking, making cookies very sticky.
* You can also add eggs if you wish for more flaky version.

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