Last night, a friend invited herself around to my place for morning tea. Cue PANNNIC as I scan the weekend's debris that has taken over my house like a tornado. S'ok, Im the master at the quick cleanup -- that's what drawers and cupboards are for! So, this morning I scoured the pantry for something vaguely edible to serve my friend and her 2-yr old daughter. After coming up with nothing but a few stale bikkies, I realised I was in trouble. With no time (or energy) to get to the shops, I turned on the oven and flipped through my mental roladex of recipes I can cook easily and on-the-quick.
Cupcakes? Nope, that would involve the mix-master. Waaaay too much effort.
Slice? Nope, that would involve chilling-time in the fridge.
But the thing is, I'm on a diet. Not a serious one - mind - but I do have a little 4-kilo excess that I would sooner do without, what with the impending bikini season looming upon me and all. And unless I can find a cozzie that is emblazoned with the text "I just had a baby, you know!" I figure I should limit the amount of sweet-but-straight-to-hips delicacies that enter my lips over the next coupla months.
So. Rather than serve my friend lettuce-leaf sandwiches for morning tea, I came up with the following compromise!! No sugar. No butter. But plenty of fun!!
Chunky Muesli Cookies
4 1/2 cups rolled oats
100g desiccated coconut
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup macadamia nut oil
Cranberries or sultanas
1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Line a tray with baking paper
2. Combine oats, coconut, eggs, honey, oil and 2 tablespoons water using your hands to knead the mixture until it all starts to come together.
3. Form mixture into balls and place onto baking sheet. Use the back of a spoon to flatten slightly. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool on sheet entirely before serving. I mean. Could it be any easier?
And the result? Effortless, homemade and HEALTHY goodness!