Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Are we all wearing green? I totally am, but you’ll just have to take my word for it. 🙂
I’ve got a semi-healthy cookie recipe for you today. But first, a quick side note to point out what’s happening at this very moment in the Kevin-department:
Looks like a hug. Might be a bite. Either way, they definitely love each other and can’t get enough of that sunny window.
While we’re talking about things that make us all feel warm and fuzzy inside, let’s talk about these semi-healthy oatmeal cookies. I made a batch of these the other day to take to my friend Katie, who is a new mama after giving birth to an adorable baby boy just a couple weeks ago! This is the same Katie whose baby shower I attended last month.
I wasn’t 100% sure if Katie was gluten-free, dairy-free, or what these days (I do know she’s pescatarian, that’s beside the point), but she is definitely one of the fittest people I know, so I erred on the side of healthy with these, while being careful not to sacrifice on flavor, of course.
I happen to know that oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are my sister’s favorite (also named Katie!), so I started with that base recipe and added all sorts of healthy fats and swapped out the processed sugar. The result was a batch of chewy-on-the-inside, crunchy-on-the-outside, granola-esque cookies with plenty of chocolatey chips throughout. Did I mention these are gluten free?
AND there’s even a touch of green in there, thanks to the protein-rich hemp hearts I threw in. Convenient.
Highly Customizable Loaded Dark Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
2 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup almond meal
2 T chia seeds
1/2 cup hemp hearts
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 t vanilla
6 T butter, melted and cooled*
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
*Don’t be temped to microwave the butter most of the way and assume that when it’s almost melted, but still has hunks of solid butter, it’s ok. It needs to be fully melted, and then cooled. Learn from my mistakes.
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the oats, almond meal, chia seeds, hemp hearts, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together syrup, vanilla, butter, and egg. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
3. (Optional: Refrigerate dough for 10-15 minutes.) Using a tablespoon, scoop balls of dough onto a parchment paper-lined or non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet for at least 10 minutes. Enjoy!
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
Note: These cookies freeze exceptionally well, both as dough and as fully-baked cookies. If freezing the dough, however, be sure to shape into balls before freezing!
Question: Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? If so, what’re your plans for the evening? For all of you pub-crawlers out there, wouldn’t these cookies be nice to come home to later tonight? 🙂
Have a great day!