Raspberry & Chocolate Oat Biscuits

Hello, I am Karishma, qualified Speech and Language Therapist!! Yes that’s right, I did it! Those long looong days spent sat at my desk, cramming as much information as possible into my already full brain, seemed to have paid off! And what a relief it is. Now I can actually enjoy my summer without waking up from dreams in which I find out I have failed! The funny thing is, I don’t actually want to get a job now though. I want to put it off for as long as possible. You could say I don’t want to face being “an adult” in the “real world”. Alternatively, you could also say I am lazy. Either way you would be a little bit right! I just think I should enjoy being able to do nothing whilst I can, because before I know it my holidays will be limited to 20 days a year or whatever it is. See I don’t even know how much time off I should expect to get when I enter the dreaded “real world”!

Today is my last day living in London for the foreseeable future BIG SAD FACE! If you haven’t been able to tell from my previous two posts, I really do love living here! There is just so much to do all the time. For example, today I went from a city farm, to a vintage market, to a concert by the river and finally to a live West End performance! Now that is not something you can do in Reading, where I will be moving back to. I probably should’ve packed a bit by now. I have managed to do the kitchen and discovered that I probably could’ve not gone shopping for about two weeks but still managed to feed myself!

So tomorrow I am moving home and on Wednesday I am going to….GLASTONBURY!!! It will be my second time going and I am so darn excited! I went there for the first time last year and it is by far the best festival I have ever been to. Despite it being the biggest festival I have been to, there is just something about it that makes the atmosphere so much nicer than other places I have been. Everyone is just so happy and there to have a good time! Also everyone is there for the right reason, to see some great bands. Whereas at places like Reading Festival, you get a bunch of 15 year olds running around taking drugs thinking they are sooooo cool and grown up. Eurgh. It’s so annoying.
Apart from the music, the other great thing about Glastonbury is the food! Because you get a lot of hippy folk there, there is a lot of vegetarian/vegan food on offer. The best thing I ate last year was from a place called Buddha Bowl. I remember it like it was yesterday. The stall itself was like a vintage silver van type thing. Already off to a good start. They served this pots full of a some sort of curry & brown rice with veg in, topped off with some seeds and HALLOUMI! They were also really generous with their portion sizes which was just the cherry on the, already delicious enough, cake! I hope I can track them down again this year! Oooh I should see if I can find them on twitter! Found them! Turns out the company is actually called Whole Food Heaven, so apparently I don’t actually remember it like it was yesterday! Expect pictures of aforementioned Buddha Bowls when I return!
Would you like to know about these Raspberry & Chocolate Oat biscuits then? Thought so. Well, they are oat biscuits with raspberries and chocolate in. Surprisingly enough! I am just gonna throw this out there, I think they could be eaten for breakfast because they remind me a bit of porridge (not in a bad way). They are soft, chewy and just sweet enough. The chocolate makes you feel like you are having a treat, and the raspberries and oats make you feel a little less guilty about it!

Recipe

I used this basic oat biscuit recipe and adapted it to include delicious fresh raspberries
Serves: 18-21 cookies (depending on how big you make them)
Prep Time: 20mins
Cooking Time: 13mins
Skill Level: It’s e-z
Equipment
Mixing bowl x2 (one small one large)
Chopping board & knife (if chopping chocolate)
Cookie scoop/ice cream scoop
Baking tray x2 (lined with baking parchment)

Ingredients
200g plain flour
½tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
225g unsalted butter (softened)
100g caster sugar
eggs 
2 tsp vanilla essence
270g rolled oats
100g chocolate chips (or chunks, I used 50g dark + 50g milk chocolate chopped into chunks)
100g fresh raspberries 

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200c/180c fan/gas 6.
  2. In small mixing bowl, mix together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
  4. Add eggs one at a time beating well between each addition.
  5. Add vanilla essence and mix well.
  6. Add flour mix to wet ingredients, and mix well. 
  7. Add the oats and mix.
  8. Mix in chocolate chips/chunks, then fold in raspberries.
  9. Using a cookie/ice-cream scoop, scoop equal sized dollops on to the prepared baking tray. (I got about 21 medium sized biscuits from the mix). DO NOT SQUASH DOWN.
  10. Bake for 13mins until the edges are golden brown but the middles will still be pale in colour.
  11. Leave to cool on tray before transferring to cooling rack. 
YOU OAT-A MAKE THESE BISCUITS RIGHT AWAY!
One of the bands I am particularly excited about seeing this year at Glastonbury is Jack White. I have seen him once before and he did not disappoint. This is one of my favourite tracks of his first solo album…

KB x

p.s. I am hoping to a post before I go next week but I can’t make any promises. I haven’t even packed to move yet soooo chances I will be packed for Glastonbury with enough time to write a blog post before I go are slim!

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