Peanut Butter Banana Oat Nest Cookies

No-bake thumbprint cookies that double up as Easter nests!  Fill them with dairy-free yogurt and top with chocolate-coated almonds (which take the place of “eggs”). You can, of course, use some berries instead, or chocolate-covered raisins or Brazil nuts, or – if you can get your hands on some – vegan-friendly mini eggs.

Servings: 6 - 7
Preparation Time - 15 minutes

Ingredients

For the Cookies

120g Just Natural Organic porridge oats
30g peanut flour (can be replaced with Just Natural Organic raw cacao powder for a chocolatey version)
2 tbsp Just Natural Organic milled flaxseed
1 small ripe banana
60g Organic Kitchen extra virgin coconut oil, melted
80ml maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Filling

6 -7 heaped tsp of non-dairy yogurt (the thicker the better)
Chocolate-coated almonds, or chocolate-covered nuts/fruit of choice. (Vegan-friendly mini eggs are also awesome.)
Chopped peanuts, for sprinkling over the top (optional)

How to Make it

  1. Mix together the oats through to milled flaxseed in a bowl.
  2. Blend together the banana, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract (if using) in a jug or bowl.
  3. Add the wet to the dry mixture and combine well.  Set to one side to firm up a little.
  4. Divide the mixture into 6 or 7 balls.  Roll these in the palms of your hands and flatten to form 1-inch thick cookies.  Use your thumb to create an indent in the middle.
  5. Place cookies on a baking paper-lined tray or plate and place into the fridge to firm up for at least an hour.
  6. Fill centres with dairy-free yogurt and top with “eggs” of choice.  Scrumptious and seasonal!

Note: You could also fill the centres with peanut butter or marmalade or jam if you want something a little bit sweeter still…