Thursday, September 09, 2010

Oatmeal Maple Cookies

My toddler loves cookies! I try not to make cookies that fill her with too much white sugar, flour, and especially hydrogenated oils. These is a great recipe that I found at Whole Foods. Believe it or not, I even modifed it more to make it better! The original recipe called for Canola Oil. I also avoid that at all costs. After all . . . can someone explain to me what a canola is? No seriously, most of these modified oils are what can cause heart attacks and stroke.

I'm not providing much info but . . . you're all smart . . . you can research it for yourself!

So here we go.

If you can see, I had two little helpers in this picture. Elsie didn't last long though. She'll help me some day.

Take 2 cups rolled oats.

Pour it into a skillet or pan ("oops, mama I spilled a little") and toast for about 3 minutes.

Remove from heat and add 3/4 cup spelt flour,

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

and 1/8 teaspoon sea salt.

Melt butter in a separate pan (or you can use melted unrefined virgin coconut oil).

Mix together maple syrup (1/2 cup), 1/2 cup of melted butter and . . .

2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract in a separate bowl.

Having a cheerful helper helps speed the process up considerably! :)

Combine maple mixture to oat mixture in a mixing bowl and combine completely. (Yes, I scraped the sides of the bowl down to get the flour after I took this picture).

Drop by teaspoonful onto a baking sheet. Flatten slightly. (I used my spatula to flatten and it worked fine).
Bake about 15 minutes at 350.

Cool cookies on a wire rack before enjoying.

Then enjoy!

Abigail LOVED these cookies. Andrew liked them but thought they'd be better with butterscotch chips (perhaps). They just weren't as sweet as conventional cookies so his sweet tooth was missing something, I think. Anyway, these are delicious and a decently healthy choice (at least with no chemicals like store bought cookies have) as an occasional snack for kids.
I think we may make more today. This batch is gone! :)

Complete Recipe
Oatmeal Maple Cookies
original recipe from whole foods
2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons spelt flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup melted butter or melted unrefined coconut oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350. Place oats into a pan and toast for 3 minutes or until slightly golden and fragrant. Remove from heat and stir in flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In a separate saucepan, melt butter. In a mixing bowl, whisk together maple syrup, butter and vanilla until combined. Add oat mixture to maple syrup mixture and stir to combine completely. Dough will be warm. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet. Flatten dough slightly with a spoon or wet fingers. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Cool cookies and enjoy!!


Dorinda said...

yummy! I think I might have most of the ingredients to make those! Oh, and did you know that lots of Kansas farmers are growing rapeseed to make canola oil now? Makes bright yellow fields in April/May - pretty!

Anonymous said...

Mmmm, I get to eat cookies again on October 10 (dieting) so these will be in the mixer!!! :o) You are such a great mom and wife!!

The Schenk Family said...

yum yum! I miss meijer

Anonymous said...

Canola is actually a plant, so I'm just curious why you think canola oil is so bad...the research I've seen shows that is a better choice than some of the other oils, especially when comparing saturated fat.