Like all moms, I like to make sure my family eats healthy, wholesome, nourishing food. I also like to bake.
My husband, being a busy and hardworking farmer, loves his baked goods. He grew up eating bread at every meal and had baked treats for dessert with lunch and supper. Me coming from an Asian background, bread and baked treats weren’t common at our meals. I do understand that for my husband, when working on the land and farming all day, he does require the extra energy to carry him throughout the day.
There are many benefits incorporating whole grains in your diet. For starters, whole grains contain fibre, B vitamins, vitamin E, trace minerals and antioxidants. In a post on the Heart & Stroke Foundation website, Cara Rosenbloom, RD writes that whole grains may help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of stroke.
Finding ways to make baking healthier than your standard butter, sugar, eggs, flour can be a fun challenge.
I came up with what was one of my kitchen concoctions that has become a family favourite. In fact, it’s the kind of cookie I can whip up on a whim and make sure to bake several batches of because they get consumed rather quickly. My husband jokes that they have poor keeping quality (because they get eaten right away)!
These Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip cookies are chock full of goodness. By which, I mean Red Fife, flax, oats, hemp, chia, and lots of other good stuff. Little One calls these my Ultimate Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies. Fortunately for me, Little One doesn’t particularly like super sweet or super decadent sweets and baked goods. This cookie isn’t a very sweet one. We do love our oatmeal cookies in this house though!
- 2 cups Red Fife flour (you can use whole wheat flour you have on hand if you don't have Red Fife)
- 1 cup large flake oats
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- ½ cup quick oats (just because my daughter likes the texture better)
- 2 Tbsp Baby Brain Organics (Baby or Kids)
- 2 Tbsp Nature's Path Q'ia
- 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup raisins (I used Sultana in this recipe)
- ½ cup dark/bittersweet chocolate chips
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce (I used my homemade applesauce from the apples on our farm)
- 4 Tbsp oil
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla (I used my homemade vanilla)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. You can line cookie sheet with parchment paper or use a silpat mat. I bake these cookies in two batches, so you can prepare two cookie sheets ahead of time.
- In a large bowl mix the oats, whole wheat flour, chia, flax, hemp, quinoa (in the Baby Brain Organics and Nature's Path Q'ia), cinnamon, and baking soda.
- Once mixed well, add raisins and chocolate chips. Make sure everything is properly combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, oil, brown sugar, applesauce and vanilla. Make sure they're all whisked together nicely.
- Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until properly combined. I use my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, but if you don't have one or prefer to do mix by spoon or by hand, feel free! You may want to wet your hands a bit when handling, since this cookie dough is really sticky.
- With the cookie dough, form balls the size of golf balls. You want 12 balls of cookie dough per baking sheet. You will end up with 24 cookies. Lightly flatten the cookie dough balls. I got my six year old daughter to be my "cookie dough ball flattener". She just used her little hands to press them down gently.
- Bake for 12 minutes. Remove cookies from oven and leave on cookie sheet for 5 minutes so they can set.
- Carefully remove cookies from sheet and transfer to cooling rack.
In case you were wondering about some of the ingredients for these Ultimate Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip cookies:
The vanilla used is my homemade vanilla. To see how you can make your own, I have a super easy recipe here.
The Red Fife Wheat Flour I used in this recipe is locally-sourced from LoonSong on Manitoulin Island.
Baby Brain Organics Superfood (I used Baby in this recipe, but you can also use the Kids one) contains sprouted flax seeds, organic quinoa, organic chia seeds, organic blueberries.
Lots of plant-based protein, fiber and ALA omegas in these cookies!
This is not a sponsored post. These are all just ingredients in my pantry that I like to use.