While taking a much needed break from thesis writing, wrapping up my graduate work and applying for positions, I have taken creative outlet in the kitchen. Although I have been making this cookie recipe over the last year, I wanted to make a few healthy adjustments testing ingredients available in my kitchen. The best thing about this recipe is that it can easily be adjusted to be dairy free, egg free, and it’s even possible to remove the white processed sugars with a few easy adjustments.

A few of my new favorite ingredients are Brewers Yeast (also known as Nutritional Yeast) and local Raw Unprocessed Honey. This year I am trying local honey as an additional way to treat my severe allergies through Immunotherapy. We are lucky to have a local bee keeper and honey maker at Tug Hollow Honey in central PA that sells products at both the local Farmers Markets and from his front porch year long! If your interested in knowing more about the benefits local honey check out this article.  I prefer the Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast Flakes and have been able to find them at local health food stores or online. The benefits of Brewers Yeast can be found in this article.

With the online nutritional calculator My Fitness Pal I was able to calculate the nutritional value of the cookies. The new recipe lowered the carbohydrates from 129g to 119g, sodium from 100g down to 59g and sugars from 9g to 4g and added a little protein!

And finally…. the recipe! I named the recipe Creative Oatmeal Cookies since it is really up to the baker to decide if you prefer a little chocolate, sweet potatoes or bananas, some nuts or even raisins. I prefer to make them with chocolate for a sweet treat but have also made them with sliced almonds topped with Pink Himalayan Salt. The recipe is up to you so be creative!

Creative Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Bowl 1:

Mix ground flax with water and let sit while beating mashed sweet potatoes. Add ground flax mix and vanilla, applesauce, almond butter, honey, coconut oil. Beat again.

4 heaping TBS ground golden flax seed (preferably freshly ground, as it’s more nutritious)

2/3 cup water

1 tsp Vanilla

1 cup pureed/mashed sweet potato

1/2 cup applesauce or puréed apples

1/4 cup almond butter

1/4 cup creamed honey (raw, unprocessed honey)

1 cup coconut oil (softened)

Bowl 2 (dry ingredients):

In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and nutritional yeast. Sugar is optional and can be added based on desired sweetness.

2 cups unbleached whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp sea salt

3 tsp sugar in the raw (optional)

1/4 heaping cup Brewers Yeast

Add flour mix to wet mix. Stir in oatmeal and other mix-ins:

3 1/2 cups Rolled Oats (preferably thick cut)

1 cup Dairy Free Chocolate Chips*

* You can use milk chocolate chips if there is no dairy sensitivity. Other add ins are cacao chips, cranberries, raisins, nuts, or any combination of the above. Almonds are recommended in helping milk production.

Drop cookies on cookie sheet and lightly press with your fingers. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350°

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