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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Healthy Delicious Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies That Even Your Kids Will Love! Secret Ingredient "EVOO"


These turned out surprisingly well. My 3 year old will not eat nuts on their own nor will he eat oatmeal, ok...sometimes a little oatmeal...but not enough. I have found he will pretty much consume any nut if it is in the form of a cookie or cupcake. It also REALLY helps if the baked item has some mouthwatering, very visible, chocolate chips. I might add, I love the mini chocolate chips as well...helps to balance a "TOO HEALTHY" recipe in my opinion. :):)
BTW ~ My family is used to eating like this so I brought some of these to a dinner party,..... to "Test" them out... and everyone loved them. ( I was a little nervous....)
I got the original recipe from the
WholeGrainGourmet.com. I made a few changes. :)
Thank you Whole Grain Gourmet for helping to keep my family healthy!!

Ingredients:

Dry ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour (a pinch more depending on the moisture of the mix) (I used Whole Wheat Pastry Flour - (Whole Foods)
1 1/2 cups of steel cut oats (Trader Joe's)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp Cinnamon (To your liking - 1-3 T)
1/2 tsp Nutmeg (optional) - (I would not add this next time...not a big fan)
1 Stevia packet (Trader Joe's)
Wet ingredients
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup agave
1/2 cup oil (corn, grapeseed or olive) * you can also use some applesauce to replace some of the oil if you wish* (I used EVOO)
1 Tablespoon Molasses (Whole Foods)
1 egg (beat with 1 Tbsp Water)
1 tsp Vanilla
Yummy ingredients
1/2 cup raisins (I didn't use these)
1/2 cup walnuts

Couple handfuls of mini chocolate chips
Preparation:
~In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
~In a medium bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together. Hint: when measuring out the honey, spray the measuring cup with oil or baking spray--your honey won't stick).
~Mix the wet stuff with the dry stuff. Add the raisins and walnuts and mix. If the mixture seems too wet, add a bit of flour (shhh...don't tell anyone,...I added "a little" white flour.) If it isn't binding together very well, you may wish to add an egg white.
~COOL the mix for 20 minutes or more in the fridge. (This is a MUST!! or everything will crumble)
~Preheat the oven to 335 degrees (lower temperature due to the honey in the recipe which will burn more easily).
~Drop by teaspoonfuls onto your baking sheet (I recommend lining the baking sheet with parchment paper). Press down with a fork to ensure even cooking. (I rolled them into balls)
Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes or until golden on the bottom of the cookie. The cookies freeze very well and make a great snack! Enjoy.

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