Healthy chocolate oatmeal cookies

There was a lot of baking in our house last weekend as we celebrated our sons 4th birthday. We had 65 people coming over so there was a lot of baking and cooking to feed that many people! Last year our son suffered from egg and diary allergy so there was a special eggless cake on a menu. Surprising nobody noticed that cake was “different” or less tasty than the other traditional cake we served grown ups (you know that kids rarely finish eating a whole piece of cake so mummies and daddies usually finish the leftovers).
Conclusion: healthy can be delicious too!

I have a confession to make, this years cake was not healthy but my kid gets to eat cakes birthdays only so it’s not a crime. I found decoration inspiration on Pinterest. I was actually suppose to make fondant dinosaur cake decoration but in lack of time this was great solution! Kit Kat and M&M, fast and nice, do you like it as well?


  

We were suppose to prepare some treats for his kindergarden friends there as well, so I called health consultant to check what can be brought to kids. Some parents bring candies and cookies but she raccomanded dried or fresh fruit in order to learn children better eating habits. That was great to hear because we prerare healthy desserts really often and I like to include my son in preparation. It’s fun to buy groceries together but the main fun starts in kitchen. Measuring, mixing, sticky hands… Ofcourse, kitchen is a mess afterwords but it’s fun and creative for kids so you can handle some extra cleaning!

What are we making for Luca’s kindergarten birthday celebration? Some super tasty cookies and dried fruit energy balls.

Cookies must be:
HEALTHY
DELICOUS
CRUNCHY
RIGHT(BITE)-SIZED
and a little DARK high quality CHOCOLATE will do no harm, it’s a BIRTHDAY party after all isn’t it? (choose diary free version if vegan)

If you are searching for oatmeal cookie recipe that is delicious, healthy, vegan and simple to make your search is over. I tried to write down exact measures because a scale is something I rarely use when cooking.

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“Tasty vegan oatmeal cookies”
-makes 30 cookies-

Dry ingredients
1 cup oatmeal flour (just blend traditional oats into flour)
1/2 cup oatmeal
6 tbs brown sugar*
60g tosted skinless hazelnuts
3 tbs cocoa powder
4 tbs shradded coconut
10 pitted dates (soaked in water for 10 minutes and then drained)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp fine salt
cinnamon
little bit dark quality chocolate chunks (or grated)

Wet ingredients
6 tbs agave syrup/marple syrup(or honey for non vegan option)
2 tbs coconut butter
4 tbs coconut oil
2tbs oat milk (or any other non diary alternative)
flax egg (1tbs flax seed+2.5tbs water)**

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven, 325F/160C
2. Grind soaked and drained dates into fine paste
3. Wisk all the dry ingredients
4. Stir all the wet ingredients
5. Add the wet mixture on top of the dry mixture and stir well until combined and all of the dry patches of flour are gone.
6.Portion small balls of dough onto the baking sheet and press it down to form a cookie
7. Bake for 13-14 minutes and let it cool for at least 30 minutes in order to become crunchy

*You can omit brown sugar and make your sugar free cookies with Splenda.
**If you’re making flex egg for the first time you should know that you should use grounded flax seed only! Just stir 1tbs flax seed with 2.5bs cold water and let it rest aside for 5 minutes.It makes substitute for about 1 egg.As simple as that. Enjoy your cookies! 


Imali smo burni vikend. Proslava rođendana našeg četvorogodišnjeg slatkiša pretvorila se u mali dvodnevni pir. Kad smo zbrojili koliko nas se skupilo, zaustavili smo se na brojci 65. Kuhinja je bila u punom pogonu, pekle su se torte i kolači, kuhala razna slasna jela. Moraš nahraniti toliko ljudi, zar ne?
Prošle godine smo puhali svječice na jednoj jako ukusnoj torti napravljenoj bez upotrebe jaja. Ne znam da li sam uopće zapisala recept. Tada je naš Luca imao alergijske reakcije na jaja i mliječne proizvode pa sam stalno izmišljala nove recepte za zdrave, uglavnom veganske slastice. Uglavnom, torta je bila na medvjeda prema njegovoj želji, a djeca, tate i mame uopće nisu primjetile da jedu “drugačiju” tortu.
Zaključak: zdrave slastice su jako ukusne!

Ove godine sam napravila Monte tortu (čitaj: dvije torte) prema receptu Suzy Josipović Redžepagić koju sam ukrasila sa Kit Kat keksima i M&M bombonima. Luca je zapravo zaželio fontant tortu na dinosaura, ali sam u nedostatku vremena inspiraciju za ovu jednostavnu dekoraciju pronašla na Pinterestu. Slavljenik zadovoljan, potrudit ću se dogodine udovoljiti bolje njegovim željama. Torta je bomba, nije baš zdrava, ali dijete mi jede tortu samo za rođendane.


 Nakon vikend proslave za prijatelje i obitelj došao je red da se počaste djeca u vrtiću. Teta i nutricionista u vrtiću preporučili su da donesemo suho ili svježe voće kako bi se djeci usadile zdrave prehrambene navike. To je odlična prilika da napravim zdrave zobene keksiće i energetske kuglice od suhog voća! Što je najbolje, mogu u izradu uključiti Lucu koji obožava samnom kuhati. Mješanje i oblikovanje keksa prepustite djeci. O da, ruke će im biti jako ljpljive, a kuhinja prilično neuredna, ali se isplati kad vidiš njihovo zadovoljno lice.

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Volite hrskave čokoladne kekse koji se tope u ustima, ali da pritom budu zdravi? Potraga za savršenim receptom je gotova. Keksi su:

ZDRAVI
UKUSNI
HRSKAVI
TAMAN PRAVE VELIČINE da stanu u usta (mislila sam napraviti nešto manje u obliku kuglica kako se ne bi mrvile prilikom papanja, u našem slučaju je pomagač Luca određivao formu!)
nije problem pokoja mrvica kvalitetne TAMNE ČOKOLADE, ipak je rođendan?!

Potrudila sam se zapisati količine jer je vaga nešto što u kuhinji rijetko koristim.

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“Zdravi zobeni keksi”
-za cca slasnih keksa, za prste polizati-

Suhi sastojci
90g zobenog brašna (zobene pahuljice samljeti dok ne dobijete brašno)
4 žlice zobenih pahuljica
6 žlica smeđeg šećera*
60g tostiranih lješnjaka
3 žlice kakao praha
4 žlice kokos brašna
10 datulja bez koštica (namočite ih u vodi 10 minuta prije miksanja)
1 žličica praška za pecivo
1/4 žličice soli
cimet
malo naribane tamne čokolade

Mokri sastojci
6 žlica agava ili javorovog sirupa (možete staviti med ukoliko niste vegan)
2 žlice kokos mascaca
4 žlice kokos ulja
2 žlice zobenog mlijeka (rižinog, bademovog ili bilo kojeg drugog biljnog mlijeka koje koristite)
lažno jaje od sjemenki lana (1žlica sjemenki lana+2.5 žlica vode)**

Upute:
1. Zagrijati pećnicu na160C
2. U sjeckalici miksati omekšale datulje koje ste prethodno ocjedili iz vode)
3. Promješati sve suhe sastojke
4. Promješati sve mokre sastojke
5. Dodati mokre u suhe sastojke te mješati sve dok ne nestane tragova brašna, struktura će biti pomalo mrvičasta, ali se može lijepo oblikovati
6.Oblikovati kekse te staviti na pleh obložen papirom za pečenje
7. Peći 13-14 minuta te ohladiti potom barem 30 minuta kako bi postali hrskavi

Da, toliko jednostavno. Uživajte!

*Keksi mogu biti bez šećera ukoliko stavite Splendu
**Ukoliko prvi puta radite lažno jaje od sjemenki lana recept je sljedeći: 1 žlicu lanenih sjemenki pomješajte sa 2.5 žlica hladne vode te stavite sa strane nekih 5 minuta. Oprez: sjemenke lana moraju biti mljevene. Ukoliko niste kupili već samljevene najlakše ćete ih samljeti u mlincu za kavu. Probala sam jednom u mužaru i sjeckalici, nemoguća misija!

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Dried fruit energy balls

Healthy energy balls

Hello sweet lovers!

Trying to find simple, tasty and super healthy dessert recipe? Well you’ve found one, loved even by real sweet adicts. It requires no added sugar, eggs, fat or milk so it’s great for vegans and allergy sufferers (if you leave out nuts ofcourse). Best of all, recipe is children proof! Kids love to make and eat them so be free to prepare them together and to serve as super healthy snack or after lunch treat! This dessert contains lots of minerals, vitamins and fiber so you can enjoy without sense of guilt.

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“Dried fruit energy balls”
-makes about 20 balls-

2 tbs organic raw cocoa
2 tbs coconut flour
2 tbs organic sunflower seeds
2 tbs organic dried cranberries
2 tbs raisins (or handful of dried pineapple cubes)
5 soft dried plums (or dried apricots)
15 dried pitted dates
cocoa flour, coconut, cinnamon, almonds, nuts (whatever you prefer to dress up this balls)

Mix all ingridients in hand chopper or blender for a minute or two. Add just a bit of rice or oat milk if needed. Form small balls and roll them in raw cocoa, coconut, cinnemon, chopped almonds, hazelnuts…You can enjoy this tasty dessert right away or store them closed in cool place for few days! Choose organic dried fruit that contains no harmful sulfites.

Enjoy!

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Pozdrav slatkoljupci!

Ukoliko ste u potrazi za super jednostavnim, zdravim i ukusnim desertom čitajte dalje, sigurno će vam se svidjeti. Energetske kuglice su prošle test istinskih desertoljubaca, a oduševljava i zahtjevna dječja nepca kojima ih možete bez grižnje savjesti servirati za užinu ili poslije ručka. Obiluju mineralima, vitaminima i vlaknima, a obzirom da ne sadrže jaja i mlijeko u njima mogu uživati vegani. Ukoliko ih ne uvaljate u orašaste plodove poput badema i lješnjaka prikladne su za alergičare.

“Energetske kuglice”
– za cca 20 ukusnih zdravih kuglica-

2 žlice organskog kakao praha
2 žlica kokos brašna
2  žlice sjemenki suncokreta
2 žlice sušenih brusnica
2 žlice grožđica (ili šaka sušenog ananasa)
5 mekanih suhih šljiva (ili sušenih marelica)
15 sušenih datulja (obavezno odstraniti košticu ukoliko već ne kupite odkoštene)
kakao, kokos brašno, cimet, mljeveni bademi ili lješnjaci (opcija)

Pomješajte sve sastojke te ih usitnite u sjeckalici ili sa štapnim mikserom. Biti će potrebno mješati približno 1-2 minute obzirom da se suho voće prilično čvrsto. Ukoliko je potrebno dodajte malo rižinog ili nekog drugog mlijeka po izboru kako bi kuglice bile podatnije za oblikovanje. Od dobivene smjese formirajte kuglice te ih uvaljajte u kakao, kokos brašno, mljevene lješnjake, bademe, cimet…Možete odmah uživati u kuglicama ili ih spremite u posudu te poklopljene čuvajte na hladnom mjestu nekoliko dana! Birajte sušeno voće organskog podrijetla obzirom da se ono bez eko-certifikata sumpori odnosno dimi sumpornim prahom što nikako ne predstavlja prirodni način konzerviranja te je štetno za zdravlje.

Uživajte!