Aug 23, 2011

Sometimes You Just Want a Cookie

Simple and sweet tooth satisfying, these cookies are packed with fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, some vital magnesium, a respectable amount of protein, some bone building calcium and oxygenating iron.

Wet ingredients:
4 tbsp ground flax or chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup safflower or canola oil (to avoid the GMO/scientifically manipulated seeds, buy organic)

Dry ingredients:
3/4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (fair trade please**)
3 cups of  rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt (optional)

Gluten Free option:
look for packaged oats labeled as made in gluten free facility
use gluten free flour in place of all-purpose wheat flour, here's one available in many stores - Gluten Free Flour

Protein Packed option:
add 1/2 cup of sprouted brown rice protein powder for a boost of 2 grams of protein per cookie, without adding any fat or additional carbs

Heat oven to 350 F.
Mix wet ingredients til uniform.
Stir all dry ingredients together in separate bowl.
Stir wet and dry ingredients together, mix well.
Drop rounded tbsp onto baking sheet (no need to oil if using silicone sheet).
Bake 10-12 minutes (til lightly browned).
Remove from oven, allow to cool.
Transfer to wire rack unless using silicone sheet.
Makes approx 4 dozen small cookies.

**3 top reasons for fair trade chocolate 
 • forced and abusive child labor practices are prohibited 
 • farming families earn a price to meet their needs 
 • environmentally sustainable production methods are required 

If you prefer to read further - Fair Trade chocolate and Why Should I Buy It?

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