I was lucky enough that I grew up with an amazing Martha Stewart like Mom! My childhood was filled with homemade meals on the table after soccer practice, cookies right out of the oven, crafts all over the living room and homemade cards. My mom’s Martha Stewart like ways did not change after my brother and I have left the home, she continues to create and craft, showing her amazing artistic ability. That artistic ability definitely translates into the kitchen and my mom’s most requested concoction is what known in our home as the “healthy cookies”.
Over the years I have seen her play in the kitchen with this fabulous recipe and taste tested many versions, until we had perfection! Her artistic side allows her to look at recipes and find fabulous ways to make them healthy and still taste amazing. Last time I was home was during hurricane Sandy and before we lost power, my mom and I made a batch for our family to weather the storm with.
WARNING… this is still a cookie so moderation is still a key concept! But compared to many of the packaged cookies on the market, this is a great satisfying cooking, that uses whole ingredients that you can pronounce.
Take these WhoNu? cookies that are being marketed as “nutrition rich cookies”. There are 31+ ingredients listed including high fructose corn syrup and many which are hard to pronounce, never mind that they are hard to identify what they are. I know they have 3 grams of fiber for 3 cookies, but compared to the 11 whole food ingredient in our Healthy Oatmeal Cookies, I think the choice is obvious!?!
Healthy Oatmeal Cookies!
Ingredients: 3/4 cup canola oil; 3/4 cup granulated sugar (organic); 3/4 cup brown sugar (organic); 2 eggs; 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour; 3 cups rolled oats; 1 tsp vanilla; 1 tsp baking soda; 1 tsp salt; 1 tsp cinnamon; 1 cup dark chocolate chip.
Preheat the oven at 375 degrees.
Step 3: Incorporate the whole wheat flour and baking soda.
Step 4: Combine batter with dark chocolate chips. (For seasonal cheer we did half of the batter with fall colored Dark Chocolate M&Ms)
Step 5: Drop by rounded teaspoons, about 2 inches apart, onto the prepared baking sheets. We recommend using parchment paper over butter or pam, you’ll get a perfect cookie every time. Place in 375 degree oven and bake for 10 minutes. Enjoy yummy, yet healthy cookies this Holiday Season!
My challenge for you make the Healthy Oatmeal Cookies, and bring to Thanksgiving or your next social event. SHHHHHHH! don’t tell anyone they are healthy and I bet they will be gobbled up in minutes!