A Healthy, Gluten-Free Snack: Mock Oatmeal Bites

12 Jan
Vegetarian Times

Mock Oatmeal Bites Vegetarian Times

These are amazing! They are totally reminiscent of a squidgy oatmeal and raisin cookie, but gluten free and healthier. Perhaps a little too tasty given they are so moreish, it’s impossible to eat just one.

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup rice flour (I use Dove’s Farm)
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup polenta
  • 2 tbsp linseeds
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum
  • ½ tsp. bicarb of soda
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ⅔ fruit sugar (I use Tate and Lyle)
  • ⅓ cup sunflower oil
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cooking apple, peeled and sliced + 1 tbsp cold water
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • ⅓ cup chopped almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 180˚C /350˚F. Grease 2 baking sheets. Place raisins in small bowl, and cover with boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes to plump. Drain.
  2. Put apple and water into a microwave safe bowl. Cover and microwave until apple is very soft, stirring occasionally. This should only take a couple of minutes, depending on the size of the apple.
  3. Combine flour, polenta, linseeds, cinnamon, xanthan gum, bicarb of soda, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl.
  4. Beat fruit sugar, oil, and vanilla in a separate bowl with an electric mixer for 1 minute, or until the mixture is light and creamy.
  5. Whisk egg in a small bowl. Add it to the sugar mixture.
  6. Add one cup of dry ingredients to the sugar mixture, followed by a tablespoon of the cooked apple.   Alternate the dry ingredients and cooked apple, until the dough is thick and smooth. Stir in walnuts, almonds, and raisins.
  7. Drop teaspoons of the dough onto the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart (be warned the batter may be quite sticky!). Bake for 12 to 13 minutes, or until bites are puffed and golden brown. Transfer to wire rack, and cool. Store in airtight container at room temperature (they won’t be around for long!).

Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times.

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