My husband and I care about making sure we and our children eat as healthy as possible. At the same time, I want to have healthy treats around, ones that taste good but don’t make us feel bad about having eaten them. My guess is that we are not alone! There are ways to hide veggies in food, make fruit fun and more available to eat. However, baking is a fun way to sneak in a few healthy, yummy ingredients for your family.
Here’s a recipe for cookies I make sure we have all the time in our home. My husband and daughter eat them as breakfast cookies as well as for a snack in between meals. It’s a fantastic way to get some good fat, fiber and even some protein into your family’s diet.
1 1/2 cups wheat flour
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup steel cut oats (soaked in about 1 cup of water)
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (optional)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2-3/4 cup brown sugar
dash of salt
1 bag (10 oz) dark chocolate chips (at least 60% cocoa)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
Directions: Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then mix all the wet ingredients. It may be helpful to heat the steel cut oats for just long enough to allow the coconut oil to melt in the water with the oats. Mix all the wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix. Add the sunflower seeds and chocolate chips.
Scoop batter into rounded tablespoons a greased cookie sheet. (Depending on thickness, you may need to press down on them lightly so that they aren’t completely round.) Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes (longer if you prefer them to be more crunchy than soft).
Then, enjoy cookies that are actually good for you and your children! No guilt! That’s the way a cookie should be.
*We use organic ingredients that we buy in bulk. You can also add more sugar if you prefer it sweeter.
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