Two of my very favorite snacks include Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Apples. When I found this recipes online (via FitSugar-by way of Pinterest of course!) I had to give it a try! These bodacious cookies are a delight to the tastebuds, and actually quite healthy for you! The recipe incorporates Flax Meal, Apples, and Cinnamon (cinnamon was my own addition—I decided upon it because I was all out of Vanilla Extract and in my mind, when Apple meets Cinnamon, one cannot go wrong.
The Flax Meal comes loaded with Fiber-soluble and insoluble; it has a great dose of Omega-3’s (something that is a bit more difficult for vegetarians to come across); and, another little known benefit of the mighty Flax is that it is an abundant source of Lignans. Lignans have both plant estrogen and antioxidant effects on our bodies. They could be cancer fighting and preventing agents.
Alright, now on to the Recipe!!
Apple Oatmeal Flax Cookies
[as inspired by: http://www.fitsugar.com/Healthy-Recipe-Apple-Oatmeal-Flax-Cookies-5324399]
1.5 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 cup Flax meal (ground flax seed)
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 tablespoon Cinnamon
1 pinch salt (I’m not a big fan of adding too much salt so I used less than the teaspoon the original recipe called for.)
1 cup Canola Oil/Vegetable Oil/or any form of Cooking & Baking Oil you deem perfect.
1 cup Turbinado Sugar (or any form of sugar you please.)
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (not 100% necessary, especially if you use the cinnamon.)
2 cups Whole Grain Quick Oats
2 Small to Medium Apples, Peeled and Chopped
1 cup of any of the following add ins (totally optional suggestions! Feel free to get creative and think of your own!) Chopped Walnuts, Sliced Almonds, Raisins, Dark Chocolate Chips, Carob Chips, Pumpkin Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds, Chopped Dates, etc. etc.
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- In a smaller bowl, mix the flour, flax meal, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate, larger bowl, beat together oil, sugar, eggs, and (if you added it) Vanilla Extract until fluffy. Stir in the oats, apples, flour mixture, and nuts/add-in option.
- Spoon out cookies onto a non-stick cookie sheet. Cook 10-15 minutes, or until edges are slightly brown. (It took my oven 15 mins on the nose, but ovens vary so keep an eye and nose on the lookout) Place cookies on a cooling rack. Enjoy!!