Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Healthier Oatmeal Cookies

Healthier Oatmeal Cookies:
1 cup walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped (I used walnuts in yours)
3/4 cup Coconut oil, room temperature
1 cup honey
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (I grind 1/3 of these and leave the rest of them whole)
1/2 cup goji berries, 1/2 cup dried cranberries (could be substituted with any dried fruit), 1/2 cup ground dark chocolate chips 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil. 
Beat the coconut oil and honey until creamy and smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine. 
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flours, flaxseed, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat until incorporated. Stir in the nuts, oats, and dried fruit and/or chocolate chips. 
Use an ice cream scoop to scoop and mold dough and space the cookies about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Then wet your hand and flatten the cookies slightly with your fingers so they are about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick. Bake the cookies for about 12 - 15 minutes or until light golden brown around the edges but still soft and a little wet in the centers. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.

Makes about 20 ish large cookies

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