Oatmeal For Baking
In my quest for alternative ingredients to wheat flour I have been cooking with spelt flour. I then realised that oatmeal can be a good ingredient instead of flour – especially for cookies where the gritty texture and nutty flavour can enhance any cookie! In fact it is clear that going wheat free really isn’t so hard if you do your own cooking, since there really are many alternatives. This recipe can also be made with wheat flour if you prefer, too.
These easy to bake cookies have the goodness of oatmeal, spelt flour and raisins – and they taste delicious! Enjoy the pleasure of baking
Oatmeal can be used in pastry, cookies, biscuits and muffins. And you get all the health benefits of oats.
Oatmeal is ground rolled oats. Do not confuse it with instant oatmeal as this is precooked and will not work so well in recipes.
I also discovered that in America, Oatmeal refers to rolled oats as well as ground oats, so if you follow an American recipe that includes oatmeal – it may well mean oats.
Cookies can be really unhealthy with high sugar and little nutritional benefit, or they can be a tasty treat that actually does have some goodness in it. Adding raisins and cooking with oatmeal and spelt flour makes these cookies a much better choice, nutritionally. Spelt flour has nutritional benefits over wheat flour, although you can use wheat flour in the recipe instead – white or wholemeal.
Generally cookies and biscuits are quite easy to make. Home baking is fun and the results taste so much better than any bought biscuits. Plus you don’t have to worry about nasty additives or trans fats or any other extras that you don’t want. Home made cookies work out much lower cost too.
Baking is good therapy. You are doing a gentle and creative task but your mind can wander and ponder other things and you may find you have some greats ideas in the process.
Or put on the radio and listen to a talk show or some great music. If, like me, you do spend too much time in front of a screen, baking can get us in touch with a simple, necessary task that has been going on for centuries and carried out by our ancestors. Much more fundamental to our lives and existence than the digital age!
Oat And Raisin Spelt Cookies
- 75g / 2.5oz sugar
- 85g / 3oz butter or margarine
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 100g / 3.5oz spelt flour (or wheat flour if you prefer)
- 50g/1.75oz oats
- 2 handfuls raisins
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C
- Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
- Add the egg and beat together
- Add the flour, cinnamon and baking powder
- Beat to combine
- Add the oats and mix in
- Add the raisins
- Line a baking tray with baking parchment or grease with butter
- Using 2 teaspoons place a teaspoonful of dough and press down to flatten
- Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes
- Allow to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack
- Delicious when still slightly warm!