Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Heart Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

I love to bake, but with hubby's recent medical issues and diet changes, making treats has fallen by the wayside. It is both sad for me as a baker, and depressing for the family who loves my baked goodies. So after taking a baking break for a few weeks, I decided to get back in the kitchen and come up with a healthier treat even my hubby could have.

Now I am not saying I will never make naughty treats again, but I need to have something in rotation that even my hubby can have. Of course oatmeal was the first ingredient that popped into my mind. Since hubby doesn't liked cooked raisins, and adding chocolate chips wouldn't be as healthy, I had to figure out a way to make these cookies flavorful with just a few simple spices and boy did they turn out great!


Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour
3 cups oats
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

We used flour we milled ourselves, eggs fresh from the coop, homemade vanilla, and real unsalted butter. I know not everyone has chickens or maybe even access to some of these "fresher" ingredients, but I believe quality ingredients just make any recipe better! I started by creaming together all the ingredients except the fresh milled oats.


After adding in the oats and making sure they are well incorporated, I simply plopped the dough by the spoonful onto my cookie sheets lined with silicone baking mats. I just recently got silicone baking mats and let me tell you, if you have never tried them, you are missing out! They are nonstick and soooo easy to clean.


Once your dough is on your cookie sheets, pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for around 12 minutes. These cookies are so incredible soft and yummy and come out of the oven with beautiful golden brown bottoms.


Most oatmeal cookie recipes call for a higher, shorter baking time, but for me, lower and slower just gives such a better texture. And with only 1/2 teaspoon of salt in the recipe, these oatmeal cookies are heart healthy for my hubby.

Of course I didn't tell the country kids that these were heart healthy cookies because I didn't want them to turn their noses up before even trying them. You know kids, heaven forbid something is "good" for you. Needless to say, this plate of cookies disappeared fast!!! I guess they really do taste awesome! *wink*


I was not stressed out by the quickly disappearing plate of cookies, because it means I get to bake again! Not to mention these oatmeal cookies are a much better treat for the kids than store bought cookies. And Hubby, well was delighted to have a healthy "naughty" treat for his lunches. So over all, I guess you could say this is a win, win, win recipe for everyone involved!

Man, it's nice to be back in the kitchen!!


20 comments:

  1. A few walnuts and raisins and I have breakfast! ;)

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    1. I wish I could add raisins, but hubby and his darn dislike of them LOL

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  2. Pinned it! :-D

    This recipe sounds amazing and the pictures look delicious!!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for the pin. They are pretty tasty if I do say so myself LOL You will love em!

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  3. Homemade and organic beats store bought every time! Great post!

    You should share this with everyone on my weekly link party : )

    http://www.twentysomethinginthe2010s.com/peace-love-linkup-008/

    Hope to see you there!

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  4. We love oatmeal cookies around here! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

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  5. Ok Im going to make these this weekend. Thanks for sharing. My husband is staying away from salt and adding heart healthy foods to his diet as well. Stop by and visit me sometime. Have a great weekend.
    Lisa

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    1. I hope your hubby likes them as much as mine does. What is up with our men?!?!

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  6. Oatmeal cookies are the best! These sound delicious!! :)

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    1. Thanks, they are (if I do say so myself! LOL)

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  7. These look so yummy! Hope you're having a great weekend! Found your blog through the happiness is homemade link up :)

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    1. I am having a wonderful weekend playing in my garden!

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  8. Your cookies look and sound so good!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe at Cooking and Crafting with J&J!

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  9. You are lucky to have such fresh ingredients! I bet that makes this recipe that much better! Thanks for sharing at Simply Natural Saturdays!

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    1. We have to work to get or make them but they are so worth it!

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  10. These sound so delicious!

    I would love for you to share this with my Recipe and Crafts Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. They are pretty good if I do say so myself LOL

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