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Inspired Living

25 Days of Cheer (Day 13)

Sarah Stanley

Day 13 of Project Cheer! Today's cheer is brought to you by Teri Champagne. New to 25 Days of Cheer? Welcome! Read this to see the reason behind it.

Cheer #13:  Make healthy cookie to share!

As the season to be jolly fast approaches, I think about ways that I can spread cheer to those around me.  The holidays are traditionally a time when overindulgence is acceptable, and waistlines expand.  Instead of baking high calorie, fatty treats for your friends and family this year, why not look for healthier alternatives?  Nourish your loved ones with clean food that will enhance their well-being instead of hindering it.  While you're at it, print your healthy treat recipes on index cards and attach them to gifts instead of using name tags.

One of my favorite healthy treats is the Cosmic Power Cookie by Planet Organic, a Canadian health food store that I frequent regularly (www.planetorganic.ca).  Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups Quick cooking oats 560 ml
2 cups Spelt flour 500 ml
1 cup Sunflower seeds 250 ml
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp Pumpkin seeds 210 ml
1/2 cup Shredded coconut, unsweetened 125 ml
1/4 cup Flax seeds 60 ml
1 cup Granulated cane sugar 250 ml
1 tbsp Cinnamon, ground 15 ml
2 1/4 tsp Sea salt 11 ml
1 3/4 cups Dark chocolate chips 430 ml
1 1/4 cups Raisins 310 ml
1/4 cup Water 60 ml
1/4 cup Blackstrap molasses 60 ml
3/4 cup Canola oil 180 ml
1 cup Hemp milk 250 ml

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line baking trays with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients, everything from oats to raisins. In a separate large bowl, combine wet ingredients, everything from water to soy milk. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix slow at a low speed (or by hand) until just combined. Do not over mix.
3. Portion cookie dough using a 1/3-cup measure and place onto lined baking tray. Gently flatten cookies before baking. Bake for 24 minutes or until lightly browned. Yields 24 cookies.

Remember, the holidays are a time to share laughter and love with those around us.  Pay it forward by healthily nourishing your loved ones this festive season and reap the rewards all year long.

Teri lives in Calgary, Canada and is a certified personal trainer, president of Champagne Fitness and co-founder of Nourish Retreats. Or follow on Twitter @CalgaryFitness or @NourishRetreats