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Monday, September 30, 2013

Art Trail, Coast Walks and Best Ever Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Happy Monday lovely readers, I confess I didn't get the blog post out on Sunday night as promised, it was a long weekend here and I was busy busy. 
This week I share with you Art Trail, Coast Walks and Best Ever Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Enjoy :) 

Art Trail
The Bendigo Bank Southern Art + Craft Trail is in full swing at the moment. We stopped at two venues over the weekend - one to see the fantastic work of Brad Lucas (Lucas Copper Designs) who makes amazing Copper Pipe Sculpture (on show at Oranje Tractor Wines
and at the Meleah Farrell Photography studio to see her beautiful abstract photography. I will share with you all some more of Meleah's beautiful work later in the week. This collage is just a snippet of what is to come. 
Coast Walks 
We took a trip to the West Cape Howe National Park this weekend. Check out the amazing view from the Shelley Beach Lookout. 
While we were there, we made an impromptu decision to walk a lazy few km's of the Bibbulmun Track
It was a little scary in places as the sides of the track are quite steep and the track itself runs very close to the edge. 
The views back to Shelley Beach are simply spectacular! 
Lots of wildflowers to see, in particular a tiny purple fringed flower that I can't recall seeing before. 
Back at the car park, we could hear some very noisy birds and when I looked a little harder... we were rewarded when we spotted a couple of (Carnaby's?) Black Cockatoos feeding in the bush. This one certainly wasn't camera shy :) 
Best Ever Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
 Sometimes you will come across a recipe that is almost too good to be true. These cookies have things in them that are really good for you and they are incredibly moist and tasty! I used rolled spelt instead of rolled oats. This recipe was passed on to me by the lovely Jess of Full Spiral Designs
Best Ever Oatmeal Raisin Cookies    
  • 1 3/4 cups wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup cold pressed coconut oil
  • 1 1/4 cup raw sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats or rolled spelt
  • 1 cup shredded dried coconut
Preheat oven to 170° C (350° F).  Rub 2 large baking trays with a little coconut oil.

Combine flour, baking soda, salt and spices in a large bowl.  Stir well.

In a food processor, combine bananas, coconut oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Whir until fully combined.

Add wet ingredients to dry, folding gently so as not to overmix.

Gently fold raisin, oats and coconut into the batter.

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.  If you have the trays on two racks switch positions halfway through to ensure even cooking.

Let cool for 2 minutes on trays before eating. 

Well readers, that concludes Art Trail, Coast Walks and Best Ever Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Thank you for stopping by to read my blog xo

1 comment:

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