Halloween is just around the corner, and you are most likely running around trying to make sure your house is properly adorned with hanging skeletons and glowing pumpkins and your cabinets are stacked with candy. If only you could keep the kids (or yourself) away from it long enough!
I know, this time of year things can get a little hectic and busy, and we (humans) tend to deal with our lack of time and energy by stuffing our faces with food, the high-sugar, high-fat kind too.
Sugar is a real problem in our society these days, mostly because eating it causes a temporary feeling of happiness and relief. We gravitate towards foods, especially sweet ones, when we need a break from everyday chores, a good night of sleep or just a loving hug. Think about it.
Eating too much sugar, which is easy to do around the holidays, doesn’t solve any of our issues however, it only creates more, especially longterm.
I too love sweets, and staying healthy and on track with my diet through the holiday season is sometimes a real challenge. Lucky for me, I like to cook and I try to make most of the meals my family and I dine on at home. It is so much better and less expensive than eating take-out and store-bought, pre-packaged meals packed with artificial ingredients!
I also like to find and recreate recipes that are both delicious and healthy like these vegan, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. These babies have no added sugar and are packed with nutrients and fiber which makes them very good for your blood sugar levels, waistline and digestion! Kids will love them too. I promise.
Just remember that in order to be healthy and take care of yourself and your family, you don’t have to become a Top Chef. All you need to do is start small, one healthy meal, one day at a time.
Why not start now, with this yummy recipe? I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Happy baking and happy Halloween!
- 1 c oats (gluten-free if possible)
- 1 c oat flour (just blend some oats to make flour)
- 2 Tbsp flax seed (you can ground along with the oats to make flour)
- 3 ripe bananas
- 2-3 pitted dates (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 2 Tbsp light coconut milk
- 2 heaping scoops of unsweetened peanut or almond butter
- ¼ c vegan, semi-sweet chocolate chips (I buy Whole Foods 369 Brand)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp baking soda
- pinch of sea salt
- Pre-heat the oven to 375F
- In a large bowl, mix in all dry ingredients: oats, ground oats and flax, soda, cinnamon, chocolate chips and sea salt
- In food processor or blender, blend all other ingredients: bananas, dates if using, coconut oil, coconut milk, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. Pulse until smooth.
- Pour the liquid mixture on top of the dry ingredients and mix everything well with your hands, Don't worry if you get your hands dirty. It's fun!
- Make 2" dough balls with your hands and place on parchment paper or cookie pan
- When done, press the cookie balls gently down so they flatten a bit
- Bake for 15-20 min or until golden brown