Sun Oven photo by Ready Nutrition.

At Taino Organic Farm, we love harnessing some solar energy to make tasty treats in our Sun Oven. A Sun Oven is a great alternative energy source for developing countries as they are low cost, eco-friendly and energy-efficient. Actually, they’re pretty great no matter where you live. Today I decided to test out how to make cookies in a sun oven with a Recipe for Organic Banana Cacao Cookies.

Organic Banana Cacao Cookies:

1 cup of sugar (substitute with ¾ cup of raw honey for a healthier option)

1 stick of butter

1 egg

1 cup of oats

1 cup of flour

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 banana

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 tablespoon of raw cacao

How to Make Cookies in a Sun Oven Step 1: In a small mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until blended. Lightly beat in the egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. I try and use as many local and organic ingredients as possible in my Sun Oven recipes. The butter is made in Sosua and the egg is from a chicken at Taino Organic Farm. You can read about the 5 Benefits of Eating Local and Organic Food in my previous blog post.

Adding a hint of vanilla and creaming together the sugar and butter.

On left: Adding a hint of vanilla. On right: Blending together local butter and sugar.

 How to Make Cookies in a Sun Oven Step 2: Stir in oats, flour and baking soda.

Adding in some oats and flour to the mixture.

Adding in some oats and flour to the mixture.

How to Make Cookies in a Sun Oven Step 3: Make cookie dough into balls and place 2 inches apart or create a giant one (maximizes space).

How to Make Cookies in a Sun Oven Step 4: Place onto cookie sheet or pan and fasten the tabs on the Sun Oven (bake setting). You can read more about how to use your Sun Oven on their website.

Cookie dough balls ready to go into the oven!

Cookie dough balls ready to go into the Sun Oven!

How to Make Cookies in a Sun Oven Step 5: Cook, shifting every 20min or so to maximize sunlight and checking every so often to see if they’re ready. Tip: Don’t open it and let the heat out, just look inside the glass. My crispy cookies took about an hour and a half.

After an hour or so in the Sun Oven, a giant cookie ready to be shared and enjoyed by all.

After an hour or so in the Sun Oven, a giant cookie ready to be shared and enjoyed by all.

How to Make Cookies in a Sun Oven Step 6ow to Make Cookies in a Sun Oven Step 6: Let cool and enjoy your Sun Oven yum-yums! Tip: they’re great with a glass of fresh farm milk. Buen provecho!