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Low-calorie cookies: guilt-free treats

Watching your calorie intake and still yearning for cookies? Treat yourself with these low-calorie cookies and you do not have to feel guilty.healthy low-calorie cookies

I know that probably you do not feel to set up the oven in the summer, I must share this recipe now as these biscuits are perfect on the go – picnic food or summer holiday – they will be a sure hit.

Low-calorie cookies: not every biscuit is equal

These low-calorie biscuits are definitely on my favourite treats list. And apparently not just on mine. Whenever I bake them they go very quickly. And I bake them very often recently – as they are perfect for tea, for a picnic, for barbeque, for family trips – for every occasion really.

When I offered them to my friends on a barbeque I was surprised myself: I told my friends that these are a healthy version for biscuits, kind of low-calorie cookies. The women were really happy to hear this. But the guys… well they were a bit sceptic as usual… “oh, well, Zita’s magic food again”… Then they ate up all! And it was the guys who asked for the recipe!

So, guy, here are the recipes.

healthy low-calorie cookies

Four advises:

#1 Make it ahead

I usually make the dough the night before and let it resting in the fridge overnight. As baking time is really short I bake them in the morning while we are having breakfast. Just make sure they cooled completely before transferring them into a food container.

#2 Make a double or triple batch and freeze it

This dough is suitable to freezing. Make a double or triple batch and freeze the rest. You will be grateful to yourself for this later – when you need a quick treat because you are tight on time. You can freeze the roll in whole, but I prefer to slice them and place them into the freezer in a single layer – as it is quicker to defrost them this way. Defrost completely before baking. 

#3 If you do not have a liquidiser

If you do not have a liquidiser substitute date syrup with another sweetener. Do not worry, even if you use golden syrup the biscuits will fall into the low-calorie and guilt-free category.

#4 Try not eat all in one go

Just because they are low-calorie cookies, does not mean that you can eat all – calories add up. Try to share it with others, and remember, the recommended serving portion is one-two cookies 🙂

 

Cranberry & chocolate oat cookies

Calorie content of Cranberry and chocolate oat cookies: 93 kcal per cookies

Preparation time: 10 minutes + 30 minutes chilling

Baking time: 13-18 minutes

Makes: 20

healthy low-calorie cookies

Ingredients:

60g low-fat spread

2 tbsp sunflower oil

40g dark brown soft sugar

5-6 big dates to make date syrup (or 40g golden syrup)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

100g plain flour

60g wholemeal flour

60g porridge oats

2 tbsp ground flax seeds

40g dried cranberries (or raisins)

20g dark chocolate pieces

Step 1

Make the date syrup: Put about 5-6 stoned dates into a food processor or liquidiser, add 40 ml water and whizz until you get a smooth paste.

Add the low-fat spread, sunflower oil, sugar, egg, vanilla and combine. With a wooden spoon mix in the dry ingredients: white and wholemeal flour, oats, flax seeds, cranberries and chocolate pieces.

Step 2

Prepare a large square of clingfilm onto the worktop. Shape a ball from the dough, and place on the cling film. Roll a log shape about 25 cm long, wrap into the cling film and put into the fridge for 30 minutes or for overnight.

Step 3

Heat the oven to 190C / fan 170C/ Gas Mark 3. Line a big baking sheet with baking paper. Unwrap the dough and slice into 20 little slices (they are about a 1-1,2 cm thick). Put the rounds on the baking sheets, shaping them as you go. Bake for 13-18 minutes until golden and firm.

Step 4

Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. Let them cool completely.

 

Choco-kiss cookies

Calorie content of Choco-kiss cookies: 101 kcal per cookies

Preparation time: 10 minutes + 30 minutes chilling

Baking time: 13-18 minutes

Makes: 20

Healthy low-calorie cookies

Ingredients:

60g low-fat spread

2 tbsp sunflower oil

40g dark brown soft sugar

5-6 big dates to make date syrup (or 40g golden syrup)

1 egg

150g plain flour

100g wholemeal flour

1 tbsp wheat bran (optional)

2 tbsp ground flax seeds

20g cocoa powder

30g soft prunes, chopped

20g chopped cashew

Step 1

Make the date syrup: Put about 5-6 stoned dates into a food processor or liquidiser, add 40 ml water and whizz until you get a smooth paste.

Add the low-fat spread, sunflower oil, sugar, egg, vanilla and combine. With a wooden spoon mix in the dry ingredients: the white and wholemeal flour, the wheat bran, the flax seeds, the cocoa powder, the chopped prunes and the cashew.

Step 2

Prepare a large square of clingfilm onto the worktop. Shape a ball from the dough, and place on the cling film. Roll a log shape about 25 cm long, wrap into the cling film and put into the fridge for 30 minutes or for overnight.

Step 3

Heat the oven to 190C / fan 170C/ Gas Mark 3. Line a big baking sheet with baking paper. Unwrap the dough and slice into 20 little slices (they are about a 1-1,2 cm thick). Put the rounds on the baking sheets, shaping them as you go. Bake for 13-18 minutes until golden and firm.

Step 4

Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. Let them cool completely.

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