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:
|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|
|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.