Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Schoolroom Apple Cookies - #CreativeCookieExchange

School-safe two-bite cookies filled with fruit and flax are a perfect balance of nutrition and decadence.

MLCP's Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies - My Way

These cookies are aptly titled - not only are they school safe (no peanuts or tree nuts) and full of brain-boosting flax and fruit, but we also make these every year in the classroom as part of our Thanksgiving lunch preparations. Of course, the "official" school recipe is ever so slightly different - edited for convenience and cost - but when you're at home there is no reason to skimp on flavourful, healthful, whole ingredients, especially when you're cooking for your loved ones.

All too soon the littlest of these loved ones will start coming home from school (cue ominous music) and if the kids at my school are any indication, they'll be ravenous. Granted, it seems that kids today are always ravenous, even when they've just eaten, and since they like to snack why not make sure you have a few healthy options on hand? The nutritionist in me will advocate for all the parenting tips and tricks you read about - keeping cut fruit and veggies in the fridge, candy and chips out of eyesight and arm's reach - but remembering how I was as a kid (I will shamefully admit eating cookie dough from the tube after school when mom wasn't home) I also know that kids crave a treat. Make the treat, satisfy the sweet tooth, get a bit of fruit and whole grains in, and you can maybe convince them to continue with a fruit or vegetable alongside (or at least eat a veggie at dinner).

This month we are making Back to School Cookies! Looking for an example to try? Keep reading! You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links.

Schoolroom Apple Cookies
Makes ~50 two-bite cookies
1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 small or 1 large apples, diced small
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup non-hydrogenated shortening
⅔ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp vanilla
½ tsp caramel extract (optional)
⅓ cup unsweetened apple juice or apple cider
1 ¾ cups quick oats
  1. Combine flours, flax, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Add apples and toss to coat; set aside.
  2. Cream together coconut oil, shortening, sugars, egg, egg yolk, spices, extracts and juice until blended.
  3. Gradually add in flour mixture, mixing just until blended.
  4. Fold in oats.
  5. Cover and let rest at room temperature 1 hour, or refrigerate overnight.
  6. Heat oven to 375°F.
  7. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets about 1” apart.
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are golden.
  9. Cool on the sheets.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 89.5
Total Fat: 4.8 g
Cholesterol: 7.4 mg
Sodium: 15.3 mg
Total Carbs: 11.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.9 g
Protein: 1.4 g

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