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After School Snacks: Chocolate Chip Cookies

23/07/2013 16:51 | Updated 22 May 2015

After school snacks: Choc chip cookiesKatie Bryson

These cookies are healthier than a regular biscuit as they're made with wholemeal flour. The accompanying mashed bananas, orange zest and dark chocolate chips really give them a delicious flavour without being sickly sweet.

You can feel good about giving these to your kids and snaffle a few yourself!

I've made mine quite big, but you could easily make the mixture go further by making miniature versions.

Zesty oat and choc chip cookies (Makes 12)

100g butter, softened

1 egg

half ripe banana, mashed

1 tsp vanilla extract

100g light brown soft sugar

Zest of half an orange

100g wholemeal flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

100g rolled oats

85g dark chocolate chips

2 Lined baking sheets

1. Heat oven to 180'C, Fan 160'C, Gas Mark 4. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Slowly mix in the banana, vanilla extract and egg, then add the orange zest and give a really good stir until all the ingredients are mixed together.

2. In another bowl put the flour, salt, baking powder, oats and chocolate chips and mix. Tip the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.

3. Dollop heaped tablespoons of cookie mix onto the baking sheet and then flatten with a fork to make a rough disc shape with a 5cm gap in between each cookie to allow them to spread out during cooking. Bake for approx 20 mins until golden then allow to cool for five minutes on the tray, before transferring to a wire rack to completely cool off.

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