By Amanda Froelich
Happy New Year! Wow – it's been a minute since I posted a new recipe. While I'd love to spend more time in the kitchen, I'm currently studying three programs (degree, certificate, and license) to advance the next steps in my career. In addition to a full-time job, spending time in the kitchen can be a lot of time. However, I understand that I am not the only one who has a busy, fast paced life which is why I share this fabulous and pretty healthy oatmeal raisin cookies (chocolate chips optional).
These guys whip up quick, contain healthier ingredients than regular oatcakes (don't get me wrong, they're delicious but not good for healthy snacking), and taste delicious. Let's not forget …
Oats are a fantastic addition to most people's diets. They're a great source of fiber, magnesium, iron, zinc, folic acid, protein, and antioxidants. In addition, oatmeal is naturally gluten-free and incredibly versatile. * Note: Some oatmeal is not gluten-free as cross-contamination with wheat may occur during processing. To avoid this, make sure you buy oats certified gluten-free.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE HEALTHY OATMEAL COOKIES
- Honey: These oatcakes are sweetened with honey, but you can substitute maple syrup.
- Coconut oil: Make sure the coconut oil is melted when you prepare the oatcakes. You can swap coconut oil for butter or ghee if you want.
- Egg: A large egg binds wet and dry ingredients.
- Instant oats: * Instant over old fashioned works best for this recipe.
- All-purpose flour (GF): I used all-purpose gluten-free flour instead of whole wheat and they turned out to be perfect.
- Baking powder: Just a little and these cookies will rise perfectly.
- Cinnamon: Oatmeal + cinnamon = a match made in heaven …
- Salt: Bring out the sweetness with a dash of salt!
- Chocolate chips: I prefer Lily's chocolate chips sweetened with stevia, which can be found here.
- Add-ins: When it comes to add-ins, pick from your favorites – like raisins, chopped pecans, cranberries, and chopped walnuts. Just don't add more than 1/4 cup.
Healthy Oatmeal Raisin + Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten-free)
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Serving size: 10 biscuits
- 1/3 Cup Honey or maple syrup ((can use 1/2 cup for sweeter cookies)
- 1/4 Cup Coconut oil or unsalted butter (melted)
- 1 big egg
- 1 TL Vanilla extract
- 1 Cup Instant oats
- 1/2 Cup of all-purpose flour
- 1 TL baking powder
- 1 TL cinnamon
- 1/4 TL Salt-
- 1/4 Cup Chocolate chips (Optional)
- 1/4 Cup Raisins
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, foil or silicone baking mat and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk the honey, coconut oil, egg, and vanilla together. In a medium bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients together and stir into the damp mixture.
Using a medium-sized cookie scoop, drop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet and press it flat to a thickness of about ’’ ’. Bake for 10 minutes, then let rest in the pan for at least 5-10 minutes and enjoy!
Store the homemade cookies in an airtight container. They'll last 4-5 days in your pantry or even up to 6 months in the freezer. Do not store them near sources such as stove, moisture, and direct sunlight. Double the batch and enjoy it later! Or play a game as you prepare for the conversation.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?
I would like to hear from you. How did the recipe come out? Have you made any changes?
Mandy Froelich xo
Source: Life in Bloom