POSTED May 15, 2014
It’s getting colder people! And what better way to enjoy the indoors than an oat cookie with a nice, hot cuppa tea?
I started making these when I was pregnant – my skin was so dehydrated, I decided to look into what foods could help nourish it. The Egyptians have used oats for skincare as early as 2000 BC, and oat baths were popular amongst the ancient Greeks and Romans to cure skin ailments. Oats contain polysaccharides, which fight off dull and flaky dryness, thus acting as a moisturiser. It enhances wound healing by improving collagen production and the activation of immune cells within your skin – a lot of scientific jargon for it’s f****** awesome for your skin.
Unfortunately we don’t have a bath in our apartment, so I opted for healing from the inside, out.
200g/2 cups rolled oats
¼ cup honey *preferably manuka honey
¼ cup cold pressed organic coconut oil
½ cup dried cranberries (or any dried fruit that takes your fancy – I sometimes put chopped dried apricot)
Handful of chopped 80% dark chocolate *optional
¼ cup chia seeds
Preheat oven to 160 C.
Combine everything in a mixing bowl and squeeze mixture in your hands to form cookies. Line baking tray with non-stick baking paper and bake for roughly 30 minutes, or until golden.
These babies are jam-packed full of goodness, and are a great replacement for muesli bars and other packaged snacks.
*I ate a few cookies before taking this picture… I couldn’t resist!