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Oatmeal Spelt and Cranberry Cookies

Nothing like a nice biscuit with a cup of coffee especially when it is a well-earned treat after some good exercise. I love callers for coffee especially on a Saturday afternoon and like to have something nice ready to have with an Americano and a good catch up.
These are really easy to pull together and make either 12 jumbo or 24 more refined sweet treats. The spelt and oats work really well together and they have a lovely texture. The coconut palm sugar gives a lovely nutty sweetness and when warm they melt in the mouth.

Oven at 180
5 oz butter at room temp
2 1/2 oz coconut palm sugar or dark unrefined sugar if you don’t have it
1 tbsp golden syrup
3oz spelt
4oz oats
1oz pecans chopped
1oz pine nuts
1oz cranberries or other dried fruit
2 tsp cornflour

Blitz the nuts to biggish crumbs, not complete disintegrated
Cream butter and sugar together until pale and smooth
Stir in the syrup and all the other dry ingredients and mix well
Form balls from the mixture of about a soup spoon size and flatten slightly on a try lined with parchment paper
Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool slightly on the tray and enjoy!

Cranberry muffins with natural yoghurt and treacle

We dont buy many (if any) baked goods in our house. If you bake them yourself, at least you can guarantee the quality of the ingredients you use and be aware of how much sugar has gone into something and therefore when to stop eating (after 1!) Its also a great way to pass a morning with my little one as she recites ‘eggs come from chickens’,’flour comes from the farmer’ and so on while making a big mess and having lots of fun

This Gluten free flour muffin works really well, they rise, the result is nice and soft not like some of my former bullet experiments and they are lovely and moist and dark from the treacle.

70gr unrefined dark brown sugar
4oz unsalted butter
1 egg beaten
350ml Natural Yoghurt
4oz gluten free white flour mix
1/2 tsp bread soda
1/4 tsp salt
4oz dried cranberries (or raisins)
3 tbsp treacle or 2 tbsp molasses
3 tbsp mixed milled seeds

Preheat oven to 200C (180 fan)
Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy

Add egg, yoghurt and treacle and beat until incorporated
In separate bowl mix flour, salt, soda, cranberries and milled seeds

Pour batter into the dry ingredients and mix gently until incorporated.
Try not overmix as it will be quite thick but you dont want to work it very much
Pour into muffin or bun cases.
Makes about 20 bun case size or 12 muffin size
Bake for 15-20 minutes until they spring back under the touch

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