Cookies That Nourish

Michael and I try to eat fairly healthy. We moved to Wisconsin last year, and apparently all the delicious cheese is blamed for raising people’s cholesterol. I think it’s more likely the deep-fried, smothered-in-gravy, food that’s absent of fresh vegetables, but what do I know?
We had been eating our usual diet plus some mozzarella sticks and fried curds because they’re amazing. However, we did a biometric screening and found out that both of us had high cholesterol levels- lame. Michael’s side of the family has a history of heart health problems, so we took action. He’s now exercising for 30 minutes every day, I adjusted my baking to include more good fats and less sugar, and he doesn’t eat any fried food or drink any pop (there’s a cherry soda here called Sprecher’s and it’s amazing, so yes I drink it occasionally- and I don’t even like regular pop!). We’re not going crazy and cutting out carbs or anything, just trying to work in more fruits, veggies, beans, and nuts.

These cookies were one of my baking experiments to make cookies with benefits. They have walnuts and flax meal for omega-3’s, coconut oil instead of butter to reduce inflammation, oats for fiber, and blueberries, maple syrup, and dark chocolate chips for the antioxidants.

*Makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:
1 c. coconut oil, melted
1/2 c. maple syrup
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla extract
2 c. quick-rolled oats
1 t. baking soda
1 c. flour
1/2 c. flax meal
1 c. fresh blueberries
1 c. chopped walnuts
1 c. dark chocolate chips

Directions:
In bowl of stand mixer, blend coconut oil and maple syrup until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add oats, baking soda, flour, and flax and blend until combined. Stir in blueberries, walnuts, and chocolate chips.  Scoop large tablespoons (I use an ice cream scoop) onto a parchment -or silpat-lined baking sheet. Flatten dough balls slightly as they will not spread much in the oven. Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown on the edge. Let cool on sheet for 5 minutes before placing on wire rack to cool completely.

*An Anna Original*

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