Today started unusually bright and promising for many reasons. Let me share a few of those reasons with you all…
- The weather was a little milder (warmer) than it has been the last few mornings.
- My husband and I have been discussing some exciting landscape changes.
- I had a great chat with my closest friend for a while last night AFTER a perfect day of teaching some wonderful students.
- I slept soundly all night long. (I don’t think I moved one time!)
Things couldn’t be better. Now, I don’t want to sound like Little Ms. Polly Sunshine. I am like anyone else where some mornings are harder to get moving than others. Today started with one of the good mornings that I wish would repeat over and over again.
How do I want to continue celebrating this wonderful morning? Well, of course, I want to share a recipe with you! Since I will be gone in the next few days for training, I decided to bake some cookies for my family to enjoy in my absence. Since they all love chocolate, I’ll bake a batch of my healthy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies to surprise them (unless they read this first). Additionally, since many people are on a healthier meal plan for the new year, I figured I would share the recipe with you too. There is no flour in this version!
Mel’s Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
1 tsp chia seeds
¾ cup of oatmeal
1 cup creamy peanut butter
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ cup coconut sugar
¼ cup of agave nectar or honey
1 box raisins
½ cup of chocolate chips (minis are best)
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 tsp. vanilla flavoring
Mix together and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes (oven times may vary)
(Suggestion: If you aren’t on a special nutrition plan, or can have limited fat in your nutrition plan, you can add about 1/3 cup of salted butter to enhance the flavor. I opted to go without the butter. Butter helps the cookies stay softer longer. However, if you want, you can prepare the entire batch now and bake half now and the other half in a day or so. This keeps the fresh cookie supply available longer and the batter will stay fresh for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.)