Ella’s food solution for… Your sweet tooth
Contrary to popular belief, living a healthy lifestyle does not mean sacrificing yummy biscuits and cakes. All you have to do is replace artificial sugars and flavouring with natural sugars and spices – it’s a miracle! These oat drops are made without sugar, butter or eggs and they taste amazing. With their crumbly exterior yet soft and warm interior, there’s nothing more inviting.
I tend to use cup measurements which is typically more of an American way to do things but I just find it so much easier than weighing amounts of ingredients. You can buy proper cup measurements from most large supermarkets.
To prepare for these drops of heaven, preheat your oven to 175 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper. You must combine 2 cups of oats with 1/2 cup of mixed nuts, 1 cup of coconut flakes, 1/2 tsp allspice, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1 cup of dried fruit (I used dried blueberries, cranberries and raisins – delicious!). In another bowl combine 3 mashed bananas with 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/4 cup coconut oil. Pour these ingredients over the dry ingredients to intermingle all flavours and consistencies. I think it’s necessary to really get your hands stuck in at this point.
I tend to simply shape the oat drops in my hands to create balls and then flatten them but you may prefer to use a utensil to ensure even drops. Bake for about 20 minutes or until just the edges become golden brown. This will allow the centre to stay soft and even cake-like. These are a must.