Let'??s face it: Kids eat cookies. I know, I know crazy concept and even crazier is that most moms do too. And why shouldn't we (and our kids on an occasional basis)? They can be gooey or sweet, big or small; you can stack them and dunk them in milk and some can even be healthy (ok, semi healthy).
Rather than giving kids an occasional treat that is packed with sugar and devoid of nutrition, why not alternate the classics in a healthy way? I recently created such a cookie; packed with flax seeds, raisins, apricots, apples and oatmeal. Not only was it (semi) healthy, it tasted really good and provided a nice dose of fiber that leaves you satisfied after one or two (I swear!). The ingredients I used were also based on my daughter'??s go-to fruits, but you can mix up the recipe based on your little ones favorites, and you can even substitute sugar for alternatives such as applesauce or agave. Enjoy!
The (Semi) Healthy Oatmeal Cookie
3 cups of quick oatmeal
2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup of organic white sugar
½ cup of light brown sugar
2 apples, peeled and cut up
½ cup of dried Turkish apricots (figs would also be a great option)
1 cup of mixed raisins
1 stick of unsalted butter
1 tablespoon of sea salt
¼ cup of cold-milled organic flax seeds
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
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Let butter sit for 30 minutes before you begin the cookie prep. When the butter is soft, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium size mixing bowl, add the flour, oatmeal, white and brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and flax seeds. Blend the dry ingredients together with a wooden spoon. Add the egg and butter to the dry mixture and blend. Peel the apples and cut into small, thin slices and add to the bowl, along with the raisins. Cut the apricots and add to the bowl and mix together until the cookie batter changes to a light brown. Coat a cookie sheet or sheet of aluminum foil with some butter and roll the cookies with your hand. Place on the cookie sheet (not too close together) and let cook for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
Serena Norr is a mama, NYC-based writer/editor and soup-maker. You can read more soup recipes on her blog: seriouslysoupy.blogspot.com.