Sometimes I forget how fun it is to simply play in the kitchen. Time seems to fly by when I’m mixing and creating and preparing these random recipes that pop into my head. Recently raw “cooking” has been on my mind. It’s something I haven’t really tried but have always been curious about. I shy away from it because the recipes seem to be very calorie dense (so much nuts and dried fruit) and I try not to keep that kind of temptation around… I cannot control myself when it comes to sweets, especially sweets that you can slap with the label “healthy”.
But yesterday I was feeling adventurous. I have these instant oatmeal packets from Nature’s Path that are too sweet for me to use for breakfast… but they would be perfect for baking. I’m not sure if instant oatmeal can be considered raw, but I came up with this…
Raw-ish Oatmeal Cookie Balls
- 3/4 cup instant oatmeal, flavored/sweetened (you could probably use plain, but add some sugar/agave/brown rice syrup and decrease the water accordingly; you could also add some cinnamon or other spices)
- 1.5 tablespoons water
- 1 medjool date (edited to add: you could probably use a tablespoon of raisins soaked in water OR 1-2 prunes)
- Put 1/2 cup of the oats in a food processor. Blend until it becomes fine – almost like flour, but with a few chunks left.
- Add 1 tablespoon of the water. Blend. Rip up the date and add that. Blend, blend.
- Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of water. Blend some more. It should turn into a big ball at this point.
- Remove the ball of dough to a bowl. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the remaining oats (1/4 cup) to the dough and mush them together until they are incorporated well.
- You should have 2-3 tablespoons of oats left. Blend them into a powder with the processor and mush that slowly to the ball of dough until it’s not sticky anymore.
- Use a teaspoon measurer to portion out the dough, then roll them into balls.
- Enjoy immediately or refrigerated.
My recipe made 18.5 1-teaspoon balls. They have ~22 calories apiece. The instant oats that I used have about 210 calories per 1/2 cup so that’s how I calculated it.
Bobby stayed home yesterday (it was really nice to spend a non-weekend day with him) and I made him try them as well. I loved them; they taste like cookie dough to me. He said they taste like a yummy granola in cookie dough form. His description is clearly better.
Have you tried raw cooking/baking? How did it turn out? (Are these raw, by the way? I can’t figure out if instant oats have been processed/cooked in some way…)