At 42 Degrees

At 42 Degrees

Friday, February 20, 2015

Dreaming of Dehydrated Cookies

A preschooler's dream,...cookies for breakfast!!!!


Could such a dream ever come true?


Nahhh,...if it sounds too good to be true,...it probably is...



But not so fast,...dehydrated oatmeal cookies have become a reality in our lives and Isaac's breakfast, and lunch and dinner, and dessert and snacks,...he seriously LOVES these cookies,...


And I seriously LOVE how good they are for Isaac and how ridiculously easy they are to make with my new dehydrator,...which my guys gifted to me.

This is a serious - nine tray dehydrator with lots of room to make lots of cookies,...and we can't get over the fact these tasty cookies are as nutritious as a bowl of oatmeal and not loaded with sugar or fat.

The recipe is more a method than recipe,...as I was making things up as I went along,...but it's pretty fool proof as you can basically add whatever you want,...

Method: 

Instant oatmeal,....I make ours from scratch,...also super easy.
Apples
Honey
Dried fruit, I've used raisins, dried cranberries and dried cherries.
pinch of salt
Dried sunflower seeds, or other nuts or seeds.
Butter or Margarine - totally optional, I use Healthy Balance spread, it has a fair amount of Vitamin A, and a healthy fats,...for an entire recipe, I use about a tablespoon or so. 
Cinnamon, nutmeg, Anise.
Splash Hot Water.

*The apples I rough chop in a food processor or blender, I've used both - you want grated apples, not puree. 

*To the apples, I add enough oatmeal for it to look like cookie dough,...if I have to guess off the top of my head, it's probably 2:1 ratio with twice as much oatmeal to apples. 

*Sweeten to taste,...I don't think I've used more than 1/2 cup of honey for a BIG batch,...the apples are sweet and the dehydrator is going to concentrate the flavors so less is more. 

*Add butter or margarine at this point, incorporating it into the dough. 

*Add dash of salt and spices to taste, the anise is totally optional, we just like the flavor in baked goods. Also add dried fruit and nuts at this point. 

*Splash enough hot water into mixture to form a sticky dough - there is no way to go wrong - if you add too much water, just add more oatmeal until it seems right. 

*Scoop dough onto parchment lined dehydrator sheets or use flex-platic sheets.

*Dehydrate between 125-135 degrees,...for about eight-twelve hours,...which for us is overnight, and the best method as Isaac has tried a time or two open the dehydrator to help himself to partially dried cookies!!!! 

Thankfully Isaac couldn't figure out how to lift off the door, which lifts not swings, totally wasn't expecting him to enjoy these cookies THAT much!!!

The possibilities of this method are endless,...and the results taste like regular cookies baked in an oven,...they are delicious!!! In fact my guys ate the first batch off the trays,...and I've had to double and triple this recipe to keep these little goodies in stock.

Sensory issues for Isaac are real and serious - he's not able at this time - to tolerate soft/gooey foods, and I have hopes of this dehydrator making 'crunchy-veggie' snacks an affordable reality, because crunchy-veggies are crazy expensive,...but super easy and super cheap to make a home,...with a dehydrator which really is a game changer.


As the dehydrator is not even been in the house a week, I haven't had time to do much more than keep making these cookies, but I can see some oatmeal-raisin-carrot cookies being dehydrated very soon,...anything and everything to keep our little guy healthy!!!

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!









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