When it comes to baked goods, it’s hard to beat a warm oatmeal cookie fresh from the oven. Of course, not all oatmeal cookies are built alike. In fact, some of the so-called healthy oatmeal cookies you’ll see are actually bad-for-you, additive-full, high-calorie cookies in disguise. Gasp!
Fortunately, there are true oatmeal cookie recipes out there. These easy-bake, cranberry oatmeal chip cookies, for example, are delicious and nutritious. They contain several key ingredients that will give you energy, essential nutrients, and an immune boost:
• Oats: Nutritionally, the rolled oats or “old-fashioned” oats in this recipe are as healthy as steel cut oats. They’re full of dietary fiber to improve digestion and are super healthy for your heart because they reduce ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol (check this article to learn the truths and myths about cholesterol).
• Cranberries: Dried cranberries get a bad rap when sugar is added, but if you purchase dried, unsweetened berries, you’ll get tons of antioxidants and dietary fiber.
• Cinnamon: This spice has been used for millennia as a healing medicine. Of all herbs and spices, it’s number one in terms of its antioxidant load, and it’s known to help those with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels stable.
• Walnuts: As one of the most nutritious nuts on the market, it’s no wonder that doctors around the world recommend eating at least a few walnuts every day. They are rich in essential manganese, biotin, and copper, and they have tons of inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids.
What You’ll Need
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup all purpose white flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup softened grass-fed butter (room temperature)
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp. maple syrup (or swap in raw honey or agave nectar)
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup white chocolate chips (or dark chocolate if you prefer)
1. Start with your oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Combine all your dry ingredients (both flours, salt, baking powder and soda, nutmeg and cinnamon, and oats) in a medium bowl.
3. Start mixing your wet ingredients by creaming together both sugars and the butter in a large bowl.
4. Add the vanilla and maple syrup to the sugar and butter mixture, then beat in the egg.
5. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Use batches to prevent clumping and uneven mixing.
6. Fold in the nuts, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips.
7. Place a sheet of parchment paper onto a baking sheet.
8. Drop the dough onto the parchment paper in Tablespoon-sized spoonfuls, leaving 1 to 2 inches between each cookie.
9. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown on the bottoms.
Serve these yummy cookies with a glass of cold milk and you’ll certainly have a host of new friends flocking to your kitchen! They’re perfect for the holidays or any time you’re craving something sweet (and healthy!)