New Years is a great time of year. You get to stay up late, have fun with your friends, and eat good food. The New Years celebration reminds us that we have a whole year to do and try new things. During the New Years celebration, people make promises (or resolutions), about what they want to change to make their life better during the new year. Some people want to exercise more, while others want to read more books, and some people want to spend more time with their families. Many people make a resolution to lose weight or eat better. While my New Years cookie will not make you lose weight, it will help you get some good-for-you ingredients into your body without having to give up one of your favorite treats, cookies. Just remember, eating too many good-for-you cookies, can be just as bad for you as eating too many not so good for you cookies. Good luck with your resolutions and have Happy New Year.
1. Wash your hands.
2. For this recipe you will need measuring spoons and cups, rubber spatula or wooden spoon, a large bowl, a cookie sheet, parchment paper, a small scooper (if you have one), and a pancake turner.
ChefElla's Healthy New Years Cookie (Yields 24 - 28 cookies)
1 ½ Cups Rolled Oats
1 Tbl Flax Seed
2 Tbl Wheat Germ
1 Tbl Hemp Seeds
2 tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Kosher Salt
NOTE: If you do not like Wheat Germ, Hemp Seeds, or Flax Seeds you can substitute any of your favorite seeds. Sunflower seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, or sesame seeds would all be a great substitute.
NOTE: When buying seeds for your recipe, a great place to visit, is the bulk section of your store. This way you can buy only what your need for your recipe instead of buying a big package of product that you may never finish.
¼ Cup Carrots, Fine Grated, (1 medium carrot)
-When using a grater it is important to go slow and use caution. Keep your hands away from the metal because you can just as easily grate your hand as a carrot.
¼ Cup Coconut, Unsweetened, Dried
¼ Cup Semi-Sweet or Dark Chocolate Chips
¼ Cup Currants, dried
-Currants look and taste like small raisins, but are a glossy red or black berry that grows on a thorn-less upright shrub. They are dried like raisins for inclusion in various baked goods. If you cannot find currants, raisins, chopped apricots, or chopped craisins, will work as a substitute.
½ Cup Yogurt, Plain, Non-Fat
½ Cup Apple Sauce
¼ Cup Pecan Chips, (You can substitute your favorite nut here.)
¼ Cup Brown Sugar, Light or Dark
1 ea. Egg, Large
2 tsp Vanilla
3. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
4. In a blender, mix your rolled oats and baking powder, until they are blended and look like flour.
5. In your large bowl add all of your wet ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula.
6. To your wet mixture, fold in all of your dry ingredients, including the rolled oat flour. Mix until all of the ingredients are wet and blended well.
7. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with pan spray. Drop cookie batter on the cookie sheet. About 1 heaping tablespoon for each cookie. A small scooper will work for this task.
8. Bake cookies for 10 minutes. Let cookies sit for 2-3 minutes before removing from the pan with a pancake turner.
9. Repeat process until all of your cookie batter is gone.
These cookies are a great addition to your school lunch, a great after workout snack, or just a great anytime snack.