Chocolate Oat Cookies and a Cookbook!

 

So this cookie recipe comes with an awesome announcement – I’m writing a cookbook! I’ve been dying to tell you all about it since Christmas but I had to keep it under wraps until it was all signed and sealed. Anyway it’s now official so I can share all my excitement with you! I’ve been having so much fun creating incredible new recipes for it, which I think you’ll all love. It’s being published by Yellow Kite, a new list at the renowned publisher Hodder and Stoughton, which is such an honour as they’ve published the best books from people like Gordon Ramsey, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Delia Smith. The book will be based on totally new recipes, but I’d like to include a couple of your favourites from the blog too, so please get in touch either by comment, Facebooktwitter or email and tell me which recipes you’d love to see in there! The book would never have been possible without all your amazing love, support and encouragement so I really want to say thank you all so much, I’m so unbelievably grateful to all of you. If you’d like to you can pre-order it now on Amazon by following this link!

I also want to quickly apologise for anyone that had trouble accessing the site yesterday, we had a crazy amount of traffic and the site was just overwhelmed! The Daily Mail ‘You’ magazine and the Telegraph Saturday Magazine are both running features on Deliciously Ella this weekend, which is so unbelievably exciting. The online versions of the article went up at the same time last night and amazingly there were just too many hits on the site all at once! The issue has been solved so hopefully it won’t cause anymore issues for you – I’m so sorry! If you’d like to read the articles this is the Telegraph one and this is the Daily Mail one.

Anyways moving on to this week’s delicious recipe – chocolate oat cookies! These cookies are such winners, they take just 20 minutes to make, contain only five awesome ingredient and taste amazing – I mean what more could you ask for! They’re one of the best things to whip up when you need something sweet and don’t have any time. Believe it or not they’re stuck together with black beans, which I know may seem a little strange and potentially off-putting at first but just trust me on this one, it’s amazing! You can’t taste the beans at all but they add a wonderful gooey texture that really brings the whole thing together. They’re then sweetened with pure maple syrup which adds a caramel like flavour, while the coconut oil adds a subtle touch of tropical goodness and the raw cacao nibs add the perfect chocolate-chip-esq crunch! They’re very simple but they’re full of amazing flavours and lots of health-boosting goodness. The beans and oats together give you a serious boost of fibre, so each cookie leaves you feeling satisfied and energised for hours!

 

Makes 10 – 12 large cookies

– 1 and a 1/2 cups of oats (300g)

– 2 cups of black beans (400g)

– 1/2 a cup of pure maple syrup (125ml)

– 2 heaped tablespoons of raw cacao

– 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Optional:

– a large handful of cacao nibs (35g) , you could also use dark chocolate chips

In this recipe I used normal oats, but you can also use gluten free ones. For the beans I used two cans,  but you could use dried ones – just soak them for about six hours first and then boil them for an hour or so before using.

 

Pre-heat the oven to 180C.

Start by rinsing and draining the beans. Then place them in a blender with the coconut oil, cacao and maple syrup and blend until smooth.

Transfer the bean mix into a mixing bowl and stir in the oats and cacao nibs.

Grease a baking tray with coconut oil

Scoop the cookie mix out of the bowl, using about a tablespoon of mix per cookie. Moulding each one into a ball in your hand, then push it onto the tray to form thin circles.

Bake for twenty minutes, then remove the tray from the oven and allow the cookies to cool before enjoying!

Store in an air-tight container for a week or so.