Chewy fruit and nut cookies…

by Sunita on May 22, 2007

Today, as I was waiting in the kids’ school compound for them to come out, I saw Rengoni looking very happy and with an ice pop in her hand. Apparently their class had been very good and was rewarded by their class teacher. Every now and then, she keeps on dishing out small treats to the class.

Well, that’s all very good. She is happy and contented. The actual problem arose when Agastya came out and saw the pop in her hand. She was too busy talking to her friend who also had one of them and poor Agastya seemed to be all deprived. But I was really pleased when I saw Rengoni, sharing a bit, with her brother. Although it was far too less even for a bit, what really touched my heart, was that she made that effort and little Agastya was happy.

Just a year ago, such a thing would have been unthinkable, I would have had to literally coax her into doing what she did today. Because my two kids are neck to neck with regard to their ages, probably they considered( at times, probably they still do) each other to be competitors or rivals of some sort… Anyway, probably my little girl is growing up… All of a sudden, she seems to be taking her elder sister’s role quite seriously, rushing at once to lend a helping hand if Agastya gets hurt, in fact sometimes she tends to take it a little far and tries to impose on him that he is younger, in fact much younger than her and needs to be taken care off….sometimes with a wink, she tries to explain that he is doing something wrong, because”he is too small and he doesn’t know, does he”, which, of course, even Agastya, who is a great one for independence, rebels against, although, most of the time, he seems to be enjoying all the attention and loyally follows her around.

Anyway, I just hope they’ll be there for each other even when they grow up, sharing their smiles and tears!! Touch wood for that…

And while they are still enjoying the bliss that being children brings, here’s the recipe of one of their favourite cookies…
What’s needed-

1 and 1/2C porridge oats
3 tblsp wholemeal flour
5 tblsp yoghurt
2 tblsp honey
1 tsp baking powder
3 tblsp oil
1/2 C chopped dried fruits(I used apricots, dates, figs and cashew nuts)

How to-

Mix together the flour, oats and baking powder.

Add the yoghurt, honey and oil, in that order and blend in.

Add the chopped dry fruits and nuts and mix well.

Place tspn fulls of the mixture on a greased baking sheet, leaving ample spaces between them.

Flatten them gently with a fork and bake in the middle of a pre-heated oven at 180 deg cel till golden brown ( approximately 20-25 minutes).

Take out of the oven and cool completely before storing in air tight containers.

The above recipe yielded around 17 cookies. They were really nice , soft and a little chewy. The kids simply adore them!!

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sig May 24, 2007 at 8:56 pm

Nice story Sunita… My sister and I are 1 year apart, and we used to be major competitive too… but she used to be very protective and used to stick up for me when we got into trouble… :)


2 Cynthia May 25, 2007 at 2:12 am

Those are such touching and precious moments. What is important is that you are present physically and emotionally to notice it, admire it and revel in it. Such fleeting moments… before you know it, they’ll be all grown up.


3 Richa May 25, 2007 at 2:30 am

such a cute story, so kids learning to share :)
cookies sound fantastic, with all that yummy stuff going in them :)


4 sunita May 25, 2007 at 8:55 am

Sig, however competitive, her sticking up for you is all that matters…


5 sunita May 25, 2007 at 8:56 am

Cynthia, those are indeed fleeting moments…time really flies by…


6 sunita May 25, 2007 at 8:58 am

Richa,thanks…the cookies did taste good…the kids adore them and simply can’t seem to have enough…


7 Asha May 25, 2007 at 12:34 pm

A great healthy cookie recipe.Looks delicious.
Loved the story of the cute kids,enjoy every moment:))


8 sunita May 25, 2007 at 1:57 pm

Asha, thanks, and yes, these moments are too precious…


9 Freya and Paul May 25, 2007 at 6:05 pm

Yum! I love cookies! This is such a great story to accompany the recipe too!


10 sunita May 25, 2007 at 7:58 pm

Freya and Paul…thanks…we love our cookies too…nice to have you over…


11 Sukanya Ramkumar May 26, 2007 at 10:42 pm

Those cookies are looking nice….healthy one too…. Cute story…..


12 Dilip May 27, 2007 at 1:20 am

cookies look fantastic…thanks for sharing


13 sunita May 27, 2007 at 6:40 am

Sukanya…the cookies did taste good…nice to have you over…


14 sunita May 27, 2007 at 6:41 am

Dilip, you’re most welcome…nice to have you over…


15 Roopa May 27, 2007 at 11:32 pm

healthy cookies sunita, lovely story of the kids togetherness.


16 Vini K May 28, 2007 at 12:21 pm

SO sweet of little Rengoni to take care of her little brother!I love hearing such stories.I know you will be prouder of your daughter now that she is realising her Big sister role!Nice cookies too.:)


17 sunita May 28, 2007 at 3:36 pm

Roopa, thanks and nice to have you over…


18 sunita May 28, 2007 at 3:46 pm

Vini,yes, it is nice to have such moments…hope Ananya is getting on well…glad to have you over…


19 JennDZ - The Leftover Queen May 30, 2007 at 3:14 am

That is a great story!
Those cookies sound delicious. I love thet yogurt in them.


20 sunita May 30, 2007 at 6:36 pm

Jenndz,thanks and welcome to my world…


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