Uncle Paul’s Famous Health Cookie Recipe
Every time I go over to my aunt and uncle’s house I always head straight for the cookie jar. This is because WITHOUT FAIL it will have always have “health cookies” in it!
I get so excited, I literally PLAN on having AT LEAST one, more than likely TWO or three or four….. It is such a treat for me to be able to share this family recipe on Hungry Hobby. I wrote down this recipe last week when I was in Phoenix old school style with a pencil and piece of paper, while my uncle dictated how he makes the cookies and what he put in them. That’s how you know its authentic, he had his whole process from scratch memorized, start to finish! I hope you make a big batch over the weekend for a quick healthy breakfast or power snack during the week (if you can make them last that long.) In fact, my aunt & uncle told me they actually make DOUBLE this recipe and freeze half, so they keep well in the freezer too. It’s definitely worth your effort I PROMISE! Don’t be intimated by the long ingredient list either, it’s all staple kitchen items (except maybe wheat bran). These cookies are NOT super sweet, but they do have a pleasant hint of sweetness. I mostly taste nuttiness and then a burst of flavor from the dried fruit.
Health Cookie Recipe
(Makes 36 Cookies)
• ½ cup whole wheat flour
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp baking powder
• ½ tsp salt
• 2 tsp cinnamon
• ½ cup brown sugar
• ½ cup ground flax
• ½ cup wheat bran
• 4 cups oatmeal (rolled or instant)
• 1 egg
• 2 tsp vanilla
• ¼ cup olive oil (or canola oil)
• 1 cup skim milk (or any other milk substitute)
• ½ cup chopped walnuts (or any other nut)
• ½ cup dried fruit (blueberries, raisins, dried cherries, craisins, dried cranberries are all fabulous!)
1. Mix dry ingredients: flour, baking soda & powder, salt, cinnamon, brown sugar, ground flax, wheat bran, and oatmeal.
2. In another bowl mix egg, vanilla, oil, and milk.
3. Add wet ingredients with dry ingredients and add more moisture as needed. Mixture should be moist not wet. (You may have to use more milk or use just use water, your choice.)
4. Add in walnuts and dried fruit.
5. Let mixture sit for 30 minutes.
6. Preheat oven to 325F
7. Scoop 36 cookies with mini ice cream scoop, tablespoon, or roll them out and cut them into bars (as shown in picture).
8. Bake at 325F for 30 minutes.
9. Let cool and enjoy!
Granola bar type cookies from the store are often processed with a lot of extra salt, preservatives, and added sugar. The high end brands that are good for you are usually super expensive. These homemade health cookies are low fat, cholesterol and added sugar. Plus they serve up a decent amount of fiber, omega 3’s, and protein…..oh and I mentioned they taste great right???? You purchase the ingredients once and make dozens of cookies, way more affordable. Check out the facts jack (1 serving = 1 cookie):
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Please leave a comment and let me know if you try the cookies!