Healthier Treats For Kids: Oat & Raisin Cookies

In our new Chef Recipe Series we have teamed up with Ireland’s leading food stylist and cookbook author Sharon Hearne-Smith to bring you “Healthier Treats For Kids”.

In this recipe video series the focus will be on delicious treats that are refined sugar free, using natural sugars such as fruit to sweeten and using healthier alternatives. In this episode Sharon will showcase how to make these delicious healthy Oat & Raisin Cookies.They are packed full of good for you ingredients, making them ideal for the little ones.

Over the coming weeks we will bring you easy child friendly recipe videos, that are easy to follow and super tasty without all the nasties! These are a much healthier alternative to some of the shop bought treats that are ladened with sugar and E numbers.

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Oat & Raisin Cookies

Makes 12

These cookies are gluten and refined sugar free, using only bananas and a little honey or maple syrup for sweetness. They make a great healthier alternative to regular cookies. This is a great recipe to get the kids involved with helping. My kids love these as an after-school treat.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large bananas (about 325g)
  • 50g raisins
  • 50ml sunflower, light olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 200g rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)
  • 50g ground almonds

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (fan 160C), 350F, Gas Mark 4. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Peel the banana and mash in a large bowl. Add the raisins, oil, honey and cinnamon, blending them well. Add the oats and almonds and stir until well mixed. The mixture should stick together when squeezed.
  3. Shape into 12 balls and then flatten them into 7cm cookies, arranging them on the baking sheet as you go. Bake for 20-25 minutes until just firm and golden. Remove, arrange on a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

Getting to know Sharon:

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Sharon Hearne-Smith is a food stylist and cookbook author. She has worked her magic with food in the media for 20 years in Ireland, the UK and the US. Her experience includes ghostwriting, recipe development and food styling for cookbooks and magazines and she has worked on over 30 cookery TV shows. Sharon has worked behind the scenes supporting top celebrity chefs including Jamie Oliver, James Martin, Gordon Ramsey, Lorraine Pascale, Donal Skehan, Rachel Allen and Neven Maguire.

In recent years, Sharon has written two of her own cookbooks, No Bake Baking and The No-Cook Cookbook, published by Quercus (London). She is a regular cook on RTE’s Today Show. Sharon is in her second year as ambassador for Supervalu’s ‘Get Ireland Cooking’ project where she helps encourage the nation to get cooking fresh, healthy and homecooked meals with a particular emphasis on encouraging kids to get involved.

Since becoming a Mum to Pearl (6) and Poppy (2), Sharon has become even more passionate about encouraging other parents to create healthy, wholesome food for their children. In this mini series with ‘I love cooking’, Sharon shares some of the healthier sweet recipes she treats her kids to.

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