Let me tell ya, this fitness lovin’ and nutrition preachin’ diva has a sweet tooth.
I’m a firm believer that chocolate and sweets are good for the soul and that a healthy diet isn’t complete without them! When it comes to my health, I’ve managed to keep my head on my shoulders when it comes to my body image and my relationship with food- something I attribute largely to not depriving myself or labeling certain food groups as “bad”. That being said, I jump at any opportunity to create healthy recipes to keep my body properly fueled and at its best. When I whipped up these cookies, I knew I had a winner!
Kyle even prefers these to the sugar-ladden Reece’s peanut butter cup cookies I made him sample (hard life for that guy). Man-approved!
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 cups oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- scant ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup butter (one stick)
- ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup almonds, roughly chopped (I used pre-roasted)
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ¼ cup craisins
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
- In a bowl, mix together the whole wheat flour, oats, baking soda, and salt.
- By hand or in a mixer, beat the butter and sugars in another bowl until fluffy and delicious.
- Then, beat in the egg and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients, then add in the almonds, chocolate chips, and craisins.
- Use a tablespoon to measure out 40 heaping cookies and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.
- Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 8 minutes. *Take them out at this point, even if they don't look done. They will finish cooking outside of the oven!
- Enjoy with a cold glass of milk!
I was lucky to get them into the oven since the cookie dough was so good, but I’m loving the final product as well! The majority of dough is made from 100% whole wheat flour and good ol’ fashioned oats, which provide a good source of fiber and leave me much more satisfied than a normal cookie ever would. Not to mention the dark chocolate and craisins work in perfect harmony to create a sweet, but not overly so, healthified treat! I usually don’t eat anything out of the ordinary before lifting or cardio, but I’ve gotten into the habit of eating one as a snack before my workouts and I’ve noticed a definite increase in energy and more motivation to get my sweat on. Plus, eating cookies just makes me plain old happy :). So, let’s get to the recipe!
Let me know if you try the recipe out or have any questions/comments!