I know, I know! You still have a hang-over from eating so many desserts and sweets during the holidays. Or has it turned into a nasty habit? And yes, you need to lose those additional pounds you gained. Now, you are torn between indulging that sweet tooth, yet, you want to keep track of your weight-loss plan for the new year. But can you justify that craving by eating a healthy dessert? Why not try these Chewy Oat Cookies now!
BAKE YOUR OWN OAT COOKIES
Presenting… Chewy Oat Cookies for your indulgent pleasure! Whether you are a home cook or baking enthusiast, baking your own cookies will ensure that you:
• Only use premium and quality ingredients
• Use the choice oats and multi-grains for a healthier version
• Reduce the amount of sugar if desired
• Use healthy sweeteners such as coco sugar or sugar alternative
• Use egg alternatives if you are watching your cholesterol
• Adjust baking time to make the cookies, crunchy on the outside but chewy on the inside
• Produce toasted, golden brown or baked just right, however, you desire.
Oh yes, you do have a choice! For the quality, you can make baking your cookies more affordable too. And best of all, you can even turn baking into an income-earning grind. It’s all up to you.
FREEZE THE DOUGH
The beautiful thing about baking your own cookies at home is that you can make a huge batch but bake only what you need. You can choose to roll up the excess cookie dough into parchment paper liner sheets and keep them packaged into Ziplock bags which can be pulled out from the freezer whenever you want to bake a batch of freshly baked cookies! Packaged properly, the cookie dough can be kept in the freezer for at least a month. Well, I would probably cook them within a week though. HAHA!
If you bake your own chewy oat cookies, you can keep your resolution to stay healthy and keep healthy throughout the year. How?
1. Increase fiber consumption by using only good quality oats and multi-grains
2. Use quality, low-calorie, low-sugar chocolate chips and sweeteners
3. Use healthy nuts like walnuts and almonds
4. Remember to indulge but maintain portion-control (well-timed small bites only)
5. Cookie size should be smaller than regular so that you will start feeling guilty when you finish 1 cookie
6. Bake only what you need, eat in moderation
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Chewy Oat Cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups old-fashioned whole rolled oats
- 1/2 cup Coconut flakes
- 2 pieces Eggs
- 3/4 cup Raisins
- 1/2 cup Crushed Almonds or Walnuts
- 1 cup Unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cups Brown sugar
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- 3 ybsp Honey
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- In a bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the butter and sugar and fold in honey and vanilla extract. Add in whisked eggs, coconut, raisins, walnuts or almonds, oats, and cinnamon.
- Combine the two mixtures together and cover it with saran wrap. Let it rest for an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Roll the dough and cut out bite-sized balls from it.
- Flatten the dough slightly to form cookies.
- Line the half sheet pan with parchment paper and place the cookies on it.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cookies are golden in color.
- Take the pan out of the oven and let it cool for a minute or two before transferring cookies to a cooling rack.
- Package the excess cookie dough into rolls by using parchment papers and put them into Ziplock bags. Store in the freezer. Take out them out, thaw and bake as needed.