Since there was some snow dust on the ground this morning I thought it would be a good idea to start my Christmas baking with these Healthy Oats and Raisins Cookies. The temperature has dropped a lot and it is nice to have a cozy baking going in the kitchen on a Sunday morning, at exactly 30 days to Christmas. I was also trying to find a healthy cookie recipe to help me decrease my sugar cravings, especially at this time of the year.
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Nothing too rich here, but these delicious simple, plain oats cookies, baked with whole wheat flour, that makes them healthy and filling enough to stop your sweet cravings.
It is also a nice option to add shredded coconut instead of the optional raisins or dark chocolate chips. They freeze very well and are great to take it as a to-go option for an afternoon snack.
Try substituting butter by Coconut oil. No change in the flavor with all the added benefit of the coconut nutrients.
Healthy Oats Cookies – Start reducing your sweets cravings
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups of rolled oats 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt 1Tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbs Molasses (or 1 Tbs brown sugar) 1/2 cup Vegetable oil or Butter
1 egg (beat with 1 Tbsp Water)
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup raisins (dark chocolate chips or coconut flakes)
Preheat the oven to 325 F (lower temperature due to the honey in the recipe which will burn more easily). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or some baking lining.
In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
In a medium bowl, mix all the wet ingredients and fold it into the wet, stirring well. Add the raisins.
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheets, or use a small ice cream scoop, pressing the batter down.
Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes or until golden on the bottom of the cookie. It makes 19 Healthy Oats Cookies.
This post has been recently updated since I am currently embracing more traditional and basic recipes as a way to incorporate a more simple way of cooking and eating. Reducing chocolate chips, for example, or any sweet ingredients in your baking recipes can greatly decrease the daily sweet cravings we all have.
Decreasing your sweet cravings is a process that doesn’t happen overnight. I found that starting to get my family and myself adapted to less sweet foods is a great way to do a smooth transition.
Start slow, search for low sugar added recipes for your baking and start using Stevia and honey as sugar substitutes. However be mindful that just sweetener substitutes are many times sweeter than actual sugar. Stevia is a good and healthy alternative, play with the amount of sweetness when using it to adjust to what you want.
You do have to actually decrease the sugar content and get your body metabolism used to the process.
Incorporating fruits as your source of sweet is another option to get started on getting your bud tastes used to less sweet but that’s material for another post.