Bake me happy

Ok, just so we’re clear…. A nifty baker I AM NOT. I promise I’m not about to go all Nigella on you and start posting amazing recipes and ideas. I’m lucky to grill some chicken and steam veggies most days. BUT- I do enjoy a bit of baking from time to time. Makes me feel happy, and it doubles as a great procrastination tool. So purely from a self-help standpoint, and to ease the ensuing anxiety around our holiday away, I baked. Baking is good mental health. Fact.

So as part of my prep work for loading the family on a plane and getting away pain free, I made some choc chip oat cookies. My rules for baking are:

  1. Must be simple
  2. Must take less than 30 minutes
  3. Must be able to be modified by my nutty self to use stevia, coconut oil and applesauce as substitutes

These cookies fit the bill. And my husband eats them- he NEVER eats gooey treats, so this is a sure sign they’re a little bit yum. I have a hobby of taking recipes and seeing if I can re-create them with my fanatical ways. Maybe try them out this weekend and let me know what you think?


Choc chip oat cookies


  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil (or macadamia nut oil)
  • 4 tablespoons apple sauce
  • 3/4 cup stevia (you could even go down to 1/2 a cup if you like)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups wholemeal plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cup rolled oats
  • 200g dark choc chips, or 200g chopped dark chocolate


  • I like to split the dough and use 100g dark choc chips and 100g of sultanas and dried fruit, to get a nice combination of cookies.
  • You could halve the recipes to make a small batch, but I find this recipe makes a good amount of cookies for a family of 4, that will last longer than a day. With a Dad that will eat twice his quota.
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Even uncooked these babies are addictive!!


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Whisk egg, oil, apple sauce, stevia and vanilla essence in a bowl until combined. Sift wholemeal flour and baking powder together over egg mixture. Add oats. Stir to combine.
  3. At this point, either add the choc chips to the mix and fold in, or split the mixture into 2 separate bowls and add in choc chips to one batch and sultanas or dried fruit to the other. Mix in gently.
  4. Make small balls by scooping up the mixture with a desert spoon, and place on baking trays, allowing room for spreading. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until light golden. Allow cookies cooling time. Or not- they taste amazing when warm too! Enjoy.
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I like to make it look like I’m dignified and I stop at 2…. but who am I kidding, really?


Is that easy or what?! Give them a whirl. If they work, let me know your thoughts! Do you have any little quirks you like to add to your cooking? What things do you do to keep happy? Or procrastinate? Because I’m always on the look-out for procrastination tools.

  • Oh yum! I love baking. It’s cheaper than therapy, almost as effective and so much more delicious :)

    • Lol! Very true! And that’s why I use all my nutter prowess to substitute coconut oil, stevia etc in the recipes so I can eat even more and not require therapy later!