Orange, oat & sultana cookies

Orange, oat & sultana cookies

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(42 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 20 mins


Makes 16
Cookies don't have to be a guilty pleasure - these tasty treats from Leiths School of Food and Wine are superhealthy

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal167
  • fat9g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre2g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.18g
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  • 100g butter at room temperature



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 50g mashed ripe banana



    Probably the best known, most popular tropical fruit, their name probably derives from the…

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g light soft brown sugar
  • ½ tsp grated orange zest
  • 100g wholemeal flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 100g rolled oats
  • 25g desiccated coconut
  • 50g chopped walnut



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

  • 75g sultana or dark chocolate chips


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Cream the butter and sugar together until well blended and smooth. Gradually beat in the banana, vanilla extract and egg. Add the zest. Mix well with a wooden spoon until thoroughly blended.

  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder, oats, coconut, walnuts and sultanas or chocolate chips. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet and mix thoroughly until a thick dough is formed. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Drop heaped tbsps onto the sheet, leaving a 5cm (2in) space around each one, and press down lightly. Bake for 15-20 mins until lightly browned. Cool.

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Comments (61)

jocollins1967's picture

Great little biscuits, easy to make and delicious. I leave out the nuts and add dried cranberries and white chocolate. A family favourite.

marialuisaliuzzo's picture

They are lovely. they did come a bit soft non crumbly as standard cookies. is this normal? Thanks.

roccagorgeous's picture

Have just made these cookies and was surprised how lovely and moist they were, maybe because I put two rather ripe bananas in rather than just the 50g as the recipe says, hate food going to waste so took the risk and it paid off, I also used the zest of a whole orange will try lemon next time for extra zing, I flattened my biscuits but will flatten more next time as they don't spread at all , I also found they took longer to cook but that may be my oven, will certainly do again using different ingredients.

karen24060's picture

Does anyone know whether this will hold together without egg? My son is allergic.

bowdenei's picture

Made these with chocolate chips. They were really good. Shared them with my friends who were really impressed. Will try sultanas next time

kingtwig's picture

They look lovely....but how many is "a serving"? If they're 9g of fat per cookie, thats not that healthy! :o) Might give them a try though

chefchivs1's picture

Made these biscuits because I had a very ripe banana and a fresh coconut that my son won at a playgroup funday!! My son wasnt mad on raw coconut so these were ideal!! I didnt have hazlenuts so put in ground almonds instead. Didnt have orange so added squeeze lemon juice and had to use plain flour. I put half choc chips and half raisins and found this was enough chocolate to give it that naughty edge. Was really pleased with them although I too didnt flatten them enough so only ended up with 11 and were a bit thick and cakey but I liked them like that! Very good easy recipe. Unfortunately my sons in hip spica so couldnt join in but Im sure hell enjoy making them as well as eating them next time!

clairesut57's picture

Didn't make any alterations to the recipe and I used sultanas rather than choc chips. I think my oven was a little too hot as had to cover them with silver foil mid way through cooking so they didn't get too brown. Tasted good none the less!

juliebahrain's picture

Lovely cookies - didn't have any oranges so no zest. Put choc chips in but would also like to try with raisins or sultanas.

ateam2010's picture

Made these for the first time today. Added some nutmeg - delicious! Not sure they're as healthy as claimed. They're naughty but nice :-)

patricia60's picture

I made these when a friend came for a cuppa. They are lovely. I did use sultanas rather than chocolate.

Sweet and morrish

jennifersd's picture

I had no coconut or walnuts so put in extra choc chips and some mixed nuts, lovely but wouldn't describe them as superhealthy!

lilaengel's picture

I agree with the above comment, surprisingly not heavy at all!

I was short on supplies so unfortunately mine had no nuts, plain flour and I used 60g of chopped dried dates instead of sultanas but despite these are amazing and not overly sweet.

blulou's picture

re healthy claim - of course its not great, biscuits need fat and sugar to be biscuits, but I've just compared these to our fave oaty biscuits, the blueberry and pecan ones on this site, and these are much better. Mind you, I make far smaller biscuits and find thats also a big help and our usual recipe we split in two logs and freeze one for later. Anyway, I'm giving these a go, cranberry and orange with a pinch of cinnamon to make it christmassy.

rose93's picture

Absolutely lovely biscuits, but I'd be wary of calling them 'super healthy'. With 5g of saturated fat per biscuit that's a quarter of your daily allowence! I made them with Flora Light and it worked really well, whilst also reducing the fat content. I've also tried them with lemon zest rather than orange, which was lovely, or using no zest at all and adding vanilla essence instead!

annag11's picture

Just made these this eve, kids n hubby loved them. Left out the orange zest n think they needed it or maybe some mixed spice which was suggested by others. Substituted walnuts for peanut butter chips and they were scrummy. Will def be making them again, they just need a bit of tweaking on flavour.

annahorvath's picture

I made it with apple puree instead of banana, but otherwise changed nothing, and everyone loved them. I'll soon make them again.

kaffyjay's picture

The only reason I marked it down was because I felt that the mixture didn't stretch as far as stated. Otherwise very nice cookies - though I decided to take out the salt and baking powder as I felt it unnecessary.
I will definitely be making them again! :D

lucybousfield's picture

Lovely cookies with a great flavour, would reccomend for a non-guilty treat!

imabadpixie's picture

surprisingly nice.. used 50g stork and 50g butter to make even healthier... maybe a bit cakey rather than cookie but perhaps this was because i didnt have the coconut... will try again :)


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