Fruity Oat Balls



Fruits and nuts filled oat balls made using a combination of healthy oatmeal, raisins, cherries, almonds and chocolate chips. These baked cookie balls are so delicious, its hard to stop with just one cookie.






Fruity Oat Balls

These fruity oats cookies are a family favorite. I make them so very often at home and they always finish very quickly every time. These cookies are a combination of all my favorite stuff - I have chunks of glace cherries combined with soft chewy raisins and crunchy almond nibs. Adding on to this delicious combination are loads of dark and white chocolate chips, all packed and baked into cute cookie balls.


One bite into these cookies will bring out the delicious combination chewy yet crunchy ingredients making it difficult to stop munching on these cookies. 


And the best part about these cookies is they can be made chewy or crispy, depending on how you like them. In the image above, I have shaped the cookies into round balls. This gave the cookies a slightly crunchy crust with soft chewy centers. To make sure the balls were of same size, I scooped the cookie dough using my measuring spoon and then shaped them into round balls.

If you would like to turn this oat balls into crispy cookies, its best to flatten them with a fork before baking so that the center of the cookies bake to a crisp, similar to the sides.


Fruity Oat Balls - What's in them?

I have to admit, there are a whole lot of ingredients that go into these oat balls and each of these ingredients make a whole lot of difference to the taste of the cookie balls. Here's the full list of the ingredients that go into these fruity oat balls:

  • Plain flour
  • Butter (melted)
  • Eggs
  • Caster sugar
  • Oatmeal
  • Almond nibs (roasted)
  • Glace cherries
  • Raisins
  • Dark & white chocolate chips
  • Baking powder
  • Salt

Half of these ingredients, i.e. the flour, butter, sugar and eggs are typical ones that are often listed in most cookie recipes. 

The rest of the ingredients are those that make these cookie balls special. The list starts with oatmeal which is actually more in terms of measurement as compared to the flour in the recipe. The idea is to have the oatmeal as the main ingredient but flour is still necessary to hold the oat balls together.

Next are the glace cherries. I used a combination of both red and green cherries and quartered them so that they are not too dominating in the oat balls but still very much obvious.

Complementing the cherries are the soft raisins. I used seedless golden raisins and added when in whole rather than chopping them. That way, they are proportionate to the quartered glace cherries.

To add a bit of crunch to the oat balls and to even up the sweetness from the cherries and raisins, I added some roasted almond nibs as well. I purchased the nibs raw and roasted them over low heat until they were just roasted and crunchy. You can also roast these chopped nuts in the oven. Spread them evenly over your baking pan and roast them for a few minutes. Let them cool to room temperature before adding them to the cookie dough.

And last but not least, are the chocolate chips and I used a combination of both dark and white chocolate chips just to add more variety to the oat balls. 


Shaping and Baking the Oat Balls

Unlike most other cookies, making these oat balls does not require any whisking or beating with a mixer. The dough can be mixed by hand very quickly and shaped by hands too.

To start with, prepare all the fruits, nuts and chocolate chips. Chop the cherries, roast the almond nibs and measure the raisins and the chocolate chips. 

Next is the butter. Melt it over low heat and let it cool it to room temperature while preparing the other steps.

As for the eggs, break them into a bowl and beat them lightly with a fork.

To mix the cookie dough, measure and sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. To that, add the oatmeal and mix them all together before adding in the quartered cherries and raisins. Give them another round of mixing with a spoon before adding on the roasted almond nibs and both the dark and white chocolate chips. It is important that all the ingredients are at least cooled to room temperature so as to not melt the chocolate chips. We want the chocolate chips all solid and intact in the cookie balls.



Once all the dry ingredients have been combined, it is time to add the wet ingredients to bring the dough together. To start with, make a well in the center of the dry ingredients mix and pour in the beaten eggs followed by the melted butter. 

Mix everything together a spoon or a spatula. Given the low amount of flour in the recipe, you will notice that the cookie dough will not come together into a ball at this stage and that is perfectly alright. 


To shape the cookies into balls, scoop tablespoons of dough and shape into round balls. Place them slightly apart on lined baking trays to allow space for expansion during baking and bake them for about 15 to 20 minutes at 175 degrees Celsius.

Once baked, let the cookies cool to room temperature on a wire rack before serving or storing. 




Note:

  • For crispy cookies, flatten the cookie dough with a fork so that the cookies are cooked all the way through and produce a crispy texture.
  • For chewy cookies, there are 2 options; 1 is to shape them into round balls like I did here or make flat cookies with the help of a fork but reduce the baking time.
  • Baking time and oven temperature may vary. I would suggest that you follow the baking temperature you normally use to bake cookies. Please also note that the cooking time will ultimately depend on the thickness of your cookies as well as the size. The baking time and temperature provided in this recipe are based on my oven setting.


Here is the full, printable version of the fruity oat balls recipe:

Fruity Oat Balls

By
Mar 10, 2019

Fruity Oat Balls Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: -

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Description:
Fruity oat balls power packed with oatmeal and a delicious combination of glaced cherries, raisins, almonds and chocolate chips and baked to perfection.

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Ingredients

  • 120 g plain flour
  • 210 g oats
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 120 g almond nibs (roasted)
  • 90 g glaced cherries
  • 45 g raisins
  • 50 g dark chocolate chips
  • 75 g white chocolate chips
  • 190 g butter (melted)
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
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Instructions

  1. Cut the cherries into quarters. Leave aside.
  2. Melt butter over low heat and leave aside to cool.
  3. In a separate bowl, break the eggs and beat them lightly.
  4. Next, in a separate large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add in the oats and mix with a spoon or whisk until they are well combined.
  5. Add the cut cherries, raisins and almond nibs to the flour mixture and mix well so that the fruits and nuts are well distributed. Add both the dark and white chocolate chips and combine well.
  6. Make a well in the center and pour the lightly beaten eggs followed by the melted butter. It is important to let the butter cool down to room temperature or else the heat will melt the chocolate chips in the dough.
  7. Mix with a spoon or a spatula until all the ingredients are well combined.
  8. To shape the cookies, take about 1 tablespoon of dough and shape into round balls. Place the oat balls onto a lined baking tray. Repeat the process bearing in mind not to place the cookies to close to another as they will rise slightly during baking (due to the addition of baking powder).
  9. Bake the cookies for about 15 to 20 minutes at 175 degrees Celsius. Remove from the pan and cool them on wire rack. These cookies are best eaten fresh. Left overs can last for up to one week in an airtight container.






















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