Better-For-You Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Cookies

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Who doesn’t love cookies, right?  I always make cookies just a little bit better-for-you so my kids and I can enjoy them even more!  Meaning we can even have them for breakfast!  Perfect for on-the-go snack and easy to pack!

Here are some ingredient benefits I have included in this recipe.

INGREDIENT

BENEFITS

SUBSITUTION

Coconut oil

Contains medium chain triglycerides, MCT, which has been shown  to increase the good HDL cholesterol in the blood.   Other studies have found coconut oil to be beneficial in weight loss, skin care, anti-aging, boost thyroid function and even stabilizing blood sugar.

Instead of using butter or margarine, coconut oil contains more polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats that is easier for the body to break down.

Coconut palm sugar Helps stabilize blood sugar and contain a number of beneficial nutrients such as, potassium, zinc, magnesium and iron! Instead of using white refined sugar, coconut palm sugar actually contains beneficial nutrients!
Ground flaxseed Great source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids plus a great source of soluble fiber. Think of soluble fiber like a sponge that soaks up cholesterol in the arteries! Substitute some beneficial ground flaxseed for some flour.  Get a fiber boost when added to baked goods!

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Better-For-You Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Cookies  (36 servings (2tbsp per cookie))

Ingredients

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1/3 cup natural peanut butter (or any nut butter)

1 banana

1/4 cup coconut palm sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup oat or whole wheat flour

1 cup quick oats

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup chocolate chips

Preparation

In a mixer, cream coconut oil, peanut butter and banana .  Add coconut sugar until well-combined. Beat in eggs and stir in vanilla. Stir together flour, oats,  flaxseed, baking soda and salt.  Add to creamed mixture. Finally add  chocolate chips and combine. Drop from spoon onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes.   *I like to make a good-sized cookie ~ 2 tablespoon per cookie.

Nutrition facts: 92 calories; 11 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 5 g fat; 3 g protein, 38 mg sodium, 4 g sugar

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