May 12, 2009

Roasted Carob Cookies with Walnut Meal and Oat Flour

Recipe Source: Some part of my head that still has some iota of creativity!
This is my own recipe. And I go "whoo hoo."


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Do you believe in celebrating Mother's Day? Or do you think it is just another commercial gimmick for boosting sales of cards, flowers, chocolates and the likes?
Acknowledging a mother on one day of the year seems a little absurd, but then why not? I am glad someone thought about it! It is a sad thing that we need to set just one day apart for a selfless soul, but if that gets the deed done... I am all for it.
After all, that is one soul that never stops loving you, no matter what.
Nothing or nobody replaces a mother. Ever.

This is my second cookie on my blog. I am not the organized kind that could sit down write a recipe, and then follow it to the T. I baked these cookies with what I had and what I liked, and it turned out just perfect. Since it is my own recipe, it is kind of very near and dear to my heart.

Carob powder is used as a chocolate substitute, and is derived from the pods of the Carob tree. It is naturally fat free, and is also extremely bitter. So watch out. Adjust the quantity of the powder if you are particular about the sweetness. Coco powder should work fine too.
The one I used here is the roasted kind, and would be available at the speciality section at your grocery store.

Walnut meal is nothing but ground walnuts. I keep my whole walnuts stored away in the freezer. For this I used a blender to process them. While grinding, it turns from powder to a wet mass very quickly. Mine did, and I used it slightly wet. This should not pose a problem.

Oat flour that I used was pre-ground from the store and was very fine. I have noticed that if you need to reach that same texture with regular/quick cooking oats, then you need to grind it for a longer time and also sift it.

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Roasted Carob Cookies with Walnut Meal and Oat flour

Ingredients:

Oat flour - 1 cup
Milk powder/Mava/Khoya powder - 1/2 cup
Roasted Carob powder - 3 tsp
Baking soda -1/4 tsp
Pure vanilla - 1 tbsp
Butter - 4 tbsp
Sugar - 4 tbsp
Walnut meal - 1/2 cup

Method:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Using a hand mixer whip up butter, sugar and walnut meal.

Add vanilla.

In a separate bowl mix oat flour, baking soda, milk powder, and roasted carob powder.

To the wet ingredients slowly add the dry ingredients and mix well either using the hand mixer or a rubber spatula.

You should be able to form a ball with the dough.

Pinch off smaller rounds and roll them into small lime-sized balls and place them on a greased cookie sheet. Place them 2 inches apart. They will spread out.

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Bake them for about 20-25 min or more. They will spread and crack on top. When they are crispy around the edges, remove and let cool on a cooling rack.
Temperature of your oven may vary, so please keep an eye on them after the 20 min mark.

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Yields: 16-18 cookies depending on size.

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Sending it off to
Jai and Bee's Click May 2009 - Cookies
Srivalli's Mithai Mela

85 comments:

  1. WoW Anu, those cookies are lookin so good. Yummy! Did you mum have a go at them? She would've loved each bite I guess. Between, you can send the post to Click's this month's event, if you want to. :)http://jugalbandi.info/click

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  2. Hey nice to see u back..
    Yummy cookies too

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  3. Outstanding cookies Anu...Scrumptious!

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  4. Hey thats something i would love to experiment for sure..such a lovely treat dear...healthy and awesome !!

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  5. What you said about mother's day is true.As I said in my blog 'Mother's Day comes but once a year on the officially designated 2nd Sunday in May but in the hearts of many - every day is Mother's Day'
    The cookies are so tempting and irresistible.Beautiful pics you have there

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  6. Hi Beautiful!!! I remember my mum would buy carob when I was a young girl, she would nibble and nibble, I loved the carob covered nuts, raisins... the cookies look so utterly fabulous.

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  7. oh..good one..i especially loved the addition of ground walnuts..

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  8. The cookies looks so yummy. Would like taste one

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  9. WOW!! I dream of the time when i can make up my own cookie recipe .. with the right proportions & all. They look just perfect!

    I get pretty pampered on Mother's Day! & I love it:-D

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  10. Walnut cookies ...mmhh those look yum Anu. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

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  11. Hey this is yummy yummy anu..! Excellent click too as usual! Returned with great energy!:)

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  12. Lovely cookies lol..pass that complete batch to me...:)

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  13. OMG soo tempting....the texture is soo gud!

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  14. Mom are the most taken-for-granted folks in the world! I'm glad we have a day dedicated to them where we get to pamper them for once :)
    The pictures are BEAUTIFUL, Anu!

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  15. Very Creative. Those cookies look delicious. Have seen lot of recipes with carob pd, but never tried it myself.

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  16. wow! niceone ...looks very yummy

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  17. I love carob! And those cookies look like the absolute perfect size and texture.

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  18. Carob is new to me.... cookie looks delicious as usual.
    I agree with you, we do think of our mothers everyday and I think my mother is happy when I call and wish her on mothers day...not that I remember her only on that particular day. It is like wishing her on her Birthday which makes her special. I have the same feeling when my daughter wishes me in the morning with a kiss.

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  19. enaku koncham parcel please...

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  20. Mmm. I love the dark color and I am sure they are so delicious. I love this recipe.

    In regards to doing a partial feed, go to settings then click on site feed. Switch from full to short. It will then switch your post to a partial feed for your followers, they then just have to click to view the remainder of your recipe. So far it has helped me prevent the scrapers to steal - I hope it continues to work.

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  21. lovely cookies... I like how moist they look... I tried a similar kind - but was way too ambitious and tried to make it without butter - disastrous :)

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  22. All this X..Days are for people who at least take time to think that day (once in a year)! That is why it is very weird for us!
    Carob is something new in cookie!

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  23. loved ur cookies,..lovely click too

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  24. Gorgeous buddy, Thatz an excellent click, I must say...Nice to see you back..

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  25. Amazing n healthy!!Very pretty picture..

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  26. hey BTW I started to blog from today....

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  27. Nice to see you back! Yummy cookies..

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  28. Yummy & perfect cookies.. nice click dear..

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  29. Wow! These cookies look divine!

    And for 12+ cookies, 4 tbsp sugar is not bad at all...I'm inspired to make some cookies :)

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  30. Nice cookies. Abt mother's day. It is a commercila gimmick. But,how often do we stop to say than you to our mothers and how often do we pamper them??? So I think this day is harmless to society and a great opportunity to say thank you. There is no harm in appreciating your mother. As u saud, glad that someone thought of it.

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  31. A ice combo, walnut meal and Oats flour... cookies are looking soft and moist!!!

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  32. sweet!! that's awesome that it's your own recipe. i am jealous of your cookie brilliance.

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  33. I have only heard of Carob..thats cool that those balls flatten n crack while breaking..looks so good Divya..:)

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  34. So good to see you back Anu!!Lovely coookies..I would love to whip up something on my own someday..till then,shall gladly follow recipes from you;-)

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  35. These cookies sound delicious! Carob powder is new to me, curious about the flavor it adds to the cookies.

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  36. Hi Thanks for stopping by :)
    Creative recipe girlie :) looks very crispy and tasty. Nice clicks.
    TC

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  37. Oh how I love chocolate cookies. These look fantastically healthy, I don't know how you do it.

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  38. They look fantastic! I don't think my mum would like it if we stopped celebrating Mother's day lol!

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  39. Rich!! in its color, in its texture and i bet in its calories ;)

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  40. I would call your experiment a success.

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  41. perfect and wonderful snaps...and gr8 recipe...
    surely i wl try dis..im new to ur blog :)

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  42. looks just so very delicious..carob is new to me but i totally love the combo of oat flour and walnut meal!!! :) great job!

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  43. This is my first visit to you blog it is very interesting and full of very healthy recipes!!!Beautiful looking cookies. Yes Mother's day has both good and bad features which you pointed out. I think I try these soon. Thanks for the nice comments on my blog.

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  44. These cookies look really good. I have not heard of Carob Powder, so I am going to keep an eye out when I go to the grocery store.

    Even though I did get roses and a bunch of gifts from my 5 year old. I do feel mothers day is an event to boost sales. But then again, I don't mind getting all that attention. Lol !

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  45. amazing pics,lovely cookies:)

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  46. Wow these are yummy healthy carob cookies...love the dark color :)

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  47. my mom says that every day is mother's day, and i agree. she deserves at least that much recognition. :)
    meanwhile, stellar cookies! they're so hearty and the crackle on top is just perfect.

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  48. I agree about your views on Mother's day.I'd love to experiment with carob,sounds like a perfect substitute for chocolate:)

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  49. Yummy cookies and a nice click!

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  50. wow it compliments are delicious

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  51. I haven't tried carob yet and I can't believe you just 'created' that recipe out of thin air! Nice going.They look really good. Thanks for the sweet words you left for me.

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  52. lovely looking cookies.. wats walnut meal? finely powdered walnut?

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  53. Wow, you're too creative Divya! Those are some awesome cookies. Nice clicks too :)

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  54. wonderful...................cookies look fantastic!!!!Carob powder is new to me!!!

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  55. I wish I had a cookie right now!

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  56. I feel like eating this rite now! superb blog :)

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  57. Cookies looks yummy :)

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  58. Lovely cookies. Nice click...

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  59. thank you for a truly delicious entry.

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  60. These look and sound absolutely wonderful! I like Mothers Day. I do think it has become too commercial though and would much rather have a cup of coffee in bed and dinner cooked for me for that one day a year than a massive gift worth lots of money.

    Someone baking these for me would be perfect! Yum!

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  61. Love the cookies.Never tried carob thgh have heard of it.But never knew they could be roasted and powdered !!! Such a knowledgeable baker I am.Would surely love to make these .Love the pic

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  62. Simply love the dark colour of the cookies....and they look really gorgeous.....
    U have pull down a lot gal :)

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  63. You are so creative. These are great and I love the final result. If I make them I think I will add some cinnamon. I like to mix walnuts, carob & cinnamon. Thanks for your nice comment on my blog.

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  64. Wow lovely cookies. Very creative, Divya and nice clicks.

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  65. Thanx for visiting my blog Anu..ur blog is awesome,seems like u r a good baker,all of ur cakes and bakes looks delicious.carob powder is new to me,geogeous cookies...

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  66. Cyprus, where I come from is full of carob trees and the pods have a lovely sweet syrup inside. I have never tried the powder which must be made from the outer part of the pod since you say that it is bitter. I have some carob syrup and I've been meaning to make some cookies using this syrup and thanks for reminding me of this. Your cookies sound delicious and look beautiful.

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  67. Welcome Back! Healthy n yum cookies..Gorgeous pics..

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  68. Wow, these cookies are beautiful! I love cooking but can't bake,, you will be my inspiration! +drooling+ :)))))))

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  69. I didn't even know of its existance!!

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  70. Also, where did you get the carob, Anu? I'd love to try these cookies :)

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  71. I've never baked with carob because I've never liked the taste in storebought stuff-- it used to be a popular vegan substitute for chocolate before they started selling vegan chocolate: thank god! But I must say your cookies look delicious. I am sure the light taste of oat flour must work well with these.

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  72. delicious cookies.nice clicks.

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  73. I'd give anything to have those cookies on my shelf. :-)

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  74. Very very inviting cookies!!! Wonderful snaps too :)

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  75. I'm glad you're on a cooking baking spree. My two sons are eating up cookies at sight and I'm thinking it'll be a good idea to bake them instead of letting them eat all that commercial c***!!

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  76. i know what you were doing during your blogging break... u learnt photography techniques!!

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  77. This is a great blog you have running here. I have blogrolled you. Thanks for sharing all these great recipes.

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  78. wow!! mouth-watering....and thanks a lot for the visit and comment Anu....keep visiting......
    Thanks
    Nara

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  79. Awesome cookies and eggless too. Lovely recipe Anu.

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  80. I would be highly grateful if you can tell me where can I get carob powder.I am staying in Bangalore

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  81. Wow! you are great.Lovely recipe Anu.Anu can you tell me where can i get carob powder.If you dont mind drop mail to akunduru@gmail.com..I would be highly grateful for your help

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  82. Anon/Anveshan - I am not sure if you can get Carob powder in India. You can substitute baking/ dutch processed cocoa powder instead.

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  83. Hi there. I really am excited to try this recipe out, but i cant find whole milk powder. i can find non-fat...is that ok? and if i didnt want to use the milk powder, then do you have any suggestions on what i could use instead? than you!

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