Sometimes you just need to have something sweet. I love sweets just as much as the next person, but I try to limit my sweets mostly to things I make at home. One of my all-time favorite treats are chocolate chip cookies. There is just something so comforting about a handful of chocolate chip cookies and a glass of cold milk.
I don’t make cookies all that often but if I do, I like to have an option on hand that I don’t mind giving to my kids. This cookie recipe is a hit with my kids and they love to share them with their friends, too. It’s filled with whole grains, seeds, fruit, dried fruits and dark chocolate. There is no added refined sugar. They are nutrient dense AND delicious!
- 1 1/2 cups regular rolled oats
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 cup of ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- ¼ cup of flour
- 1/8 cup of sunflower seeds
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- 1 cup of dried fruit (I used ½ cup chopped dried dates and ½ cup of raisins)
- 2 ripe bananas mashed
- ½ cup of butter (unsalted! My friend made these with salted and they were wayyy too salty!!)
- 1 cup of dark chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit or 150C. Mix it all dry ingredients together then add wet ingredients. Spoon out some of the mixture and shape into a ball. Place the cookies on the sheet and flatten them slightly. They don't rise much so you will need to shape them prior to baking. Check on cookies after about 10 minutes. If they are brown around the edges, they are done!
This is a go-to recipe when you want to throw in some healthy treats in your kids lunches and you don’t want to worry about additives and chemicals found in processed cookies. I’ve found that adults like them, too
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