My first hand account of the ongoing search for health and wellness through a conscious focus on nutrition, cooking, ingenuity, and physical exertion. As an active stay at home mother of two young children, I spend large portions of my day in my kitchen inventing new recipes and reinventing old favorites into fun, healthy and delicious meals my whole family loves... especially while on the run... literally.
What is there not to love about a good old fashioned peanut butter cookie, except for the fact that it usually isn't very healthy? This recipe changes all that without sacrificing any of the flavor, sweetness or peanut buttery goodness. By using all whole grains, chia seeds, coconut oil instead of butter, and pure maple syrup instead of sugar, this cookie is high in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, while also being vegan and insanely yummy. For fun and because I still have a lot of Halloween candy left over, I topped a dozen of the cookies with small pieces of Snicker's candy bars: a sure way to make my kids think they are getting a special treat. And although these cookies taste like dessert, they are more than healthy enough to serve for breakfast, as I did for my kids today. If only they knew how lucky they are!
Butter Cookies (Vegan)
organic virgin coconut oil
1 C. pure
soaked chia seeds
1 1/2 C.
organic whole wheat pastry flour
organic quick oats
2 T. ground
chocolate candy pieces, optional
together the peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, chia seeds and
vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift
together the flour, oats, flax seed, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and
salt. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly blended
together. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap
and refrigerate for a couple of hours. Preheat the oven to 350F. Shape the dough into 1 ½ inch balls and place
about 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten slightly and place candy pieces in
the middle, if using. Bake for about 12
– 14 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets
for a couple of minutes and then transfer to a rack or paper towels to cool