yummy cookies

It’s been a while since we have had a recipe around here! I have to admit, I have really fallen off of the healthy eating soapbox that I was standing on top of when I was pregnant with Lucy.

I know that I should probably go back to eating the way that I did when I had gestational diabetes and end my love affair with refined sugars… but sometimes you just need something sweet and a banana doesn’t cut it. Treat yourself to yummy cookies!

Don’t kid yourself, these cookies are not health food. They do contain rolled oats, whole wheat, quinoa and walnuts which are are healthy foods so they have to be better for you then sucking chocolate sauce directly out of the bottle of eating a whole bag of M&Ms (not like I ever do that). So go ahead and treat yourself!

YUMMY OATMEAL COOKIES
1 cup of unsalted butter (softened)
1 cup of light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
2 cups of rolled oats
1 cup quinoa flakes
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (substitute gluten free flour here for GF cookies)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup of raisins (you could use chocolate chips and they would probably taste pretty amazing but we are pretending to be health conscious here)
1 cup of walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Beat the butter and sugar with an in a large mixing bowl until it gets a little fluffy (about 1 minute with an electric hand mixer). Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.

Combine all of the dry ingredients (aside from raisins and nuts) in a separate bowl and mix well.

Add your dry ingredients to the large wet ingredient bowl slowly, combining with a mixing spoon or spatula or, if you are not too particular about making a mess, your hands. Add the the raisins and walnuts and combine until evenly distributed.

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I recommend baking these on a parchment lined baking sheet but you could use one that is lightly greased as well if you don’t have parchment on hand.  I made two sizes of these- small (1/4 cup) and large (1/2 cup) and both seemed to bake at the same rate.  Bake for 13 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

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