A Healthy Cookie A Day Keeps The Doctor Away!

Healthy cookies!!??  SAY WHAT!!!??  Yes indeed!  These are super easy, healthy, tasty, and perfect for an on the go breakfast or snack.  Dairy free, nut free (although you can add some if you wish), and comforting.  This is a simple recipe that makes prepping for your week easy. Which is essential for eating healthy.

 Oatmeal is rich in complex, energy-sustaining carbohydrates, low in fat and high in fiber. The soluble fiber in oats fills you up by creating  gels. The gels delay stomach emptying, so you feel full longer. You can be pretty sure you’re eating a whole grain with a low GI ranking if you have to chew it or can see the grains or pieces of grains in food products. The more your jaw has to work, the better. But when grains are processed, their surface area expands, allowing digestive enzymes easy access to their starch content.

 Apples are a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber such as pectin actually helps to prevent cholesterol buildup in the  lining of blood vessel walls, thus reducing the incident of atherosclerosis and heart disease. The insoluble fiber in apples provides bulk in the intestinal tract, holding water to cleanse and move food quickly through the digestive system. It is a good idea to eat apples with their skin. Almost half of the vitamin C content is just underneath the skin. Eating the skin also increases insoluble fiber content. Most of an apple’s fragrance cells are also concentrated in the skin and as they ripen, the skin cells develop more aroma and flavor.

Spice of life –  Cinnamon has been shown to help prevent inflammation and also regulate blood sugar. Allspice offers robust antioxidant and detoxifying benefits. Researchers identified eugenol as the main active compound in allspice, noting that it exhibited significant ability to neutralize free radicals — reactive molecules that cause cell damage. The compound also showed strong metal-binding ability, indicating that it may be useful for removing toxic metals, such as mercury and lead, from the body.                                                                               Nutmeg can stimulate your brain and reduce fatigue and stress. A nutmeg compound called macelignan protected the cells against damage from ultraviolet radiation by inhibiting activity of tissue-damaging enzymes and promoting increased collagen production.  

                                    

                               Apple Spice Breakfast Cookie

                               Ingredients

                                  1 1/2 cups old fashioned oatmeal ( I prefer Bob’s Red Mill rolled gluten free for these, don’t use instant)

1 cup unsweetened organic applesauce

  2/3 cup diced organic apple ~ your favorite kind

                             1/4 cup raisins ( or dried cranberries, currents, cherries, etc)

           1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 Tbsp honey (local)

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp allspice


Directions 

Preheat heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all ingredients together & let cookie dough sit for 10 minutes, so the oats can absorb some of the moisture.
Drop cookie dough, by spoonfuls, onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet & flatten cookies into circles. Makes 18-20 cookies
Bake approx. 20 – 25 minutes, or until golden & done.
Remove from oven & let rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then move to cooling rack.
Store in a covered container when completely cool

Note- I will often “frost” these with some almond butter, or add walnuts and/or pecans in the mix just omit some of the dried fruit accordingly, fyi 4 tbsp = 1/4 cup.

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