Something For The Weekend – Oatmeal and Cacao Nib Cookies

Get the kids in the kitchen whipping up these nutritious, but still delicious, traditional oatmeal cookies – a perfect starter recipe for young 'uns. 

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These old-fashioned, American-style cookies are made healthier by switching sugary dark chocolate for the intense chocolate hit of raw cacao nibs.

Cacao has a nutty, crunchy texture and is packed with fibre, magnesium and antioxidants – 40 times that of blueberries – and they have more calcium than cow’s milk, making it the powerhouse of superfoods.

The perfect ‘starter’ recipe for kids, teaching basic skills such as creaming and blending, while offering a tasty and foolproof result

So giving your little superheroes these delicious treats is a great way of getting goodness into their snacks – without hearing them complain.

Oatmeal is also another wonder ingredient. It stabilises the blood sugars, allowing you to feel fuller for longer and can even help lower high cholesterol levels.

The perfect ‘starter’ recipe for kids, teaching basic skills like creaming and blending, while offering a tasty and foolproof result.

Makes 20 

Ingredients:

225g/8oz lard (shortening)

225g/80z dark muscovado sugar

100g/4oz granulated sugar

1tsp vanilla extract

2 large eggs, beaten

Pinch of salt

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

225g/8.5oz porridge oats

200g of cacao nibs

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180C/350f/GM4

Cream together the lard, sugars, vanilla and salt until fluffy.

Mix in the eggs, then the oats and bicarbonate of soda bit by bit and add the nibs. You should end up with quite a sticky, dense mixture.

Spoon the mixture onto greased, lined trays, giving each a good amount of room for spreading.

Cook for around 10 – 12 minutes until lightly golden. The cookies stay slightly soft until they’ve cooled, with the final texture being slightly crisp but not too hard.