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Mood Foods: A Recipe to Ease Anxiety

Updated on May 5, 2009

Mood Medicine Starts in Your Store Cupboard

All of the recipes I have put down in this series of hubs are uncomplicated, delicious and extremely effective mood medicine. They all contain ingredients that you’ll either have in your store cupboard or, if not, certainly won’t be difficult to shop for. All are based upon the science of ‘mood food’ a subject that I am particularly interested in as an alternative to traditional medicine. Food after all, makes us feel good, brings back wonderful memories of childhood and seasonal awareness and ultimately gives us a sense of both physical and emotional fulfillment. For many of us ‘ a full belly is a happy mind’ and this philosophy, coupled with research into the affects of various food groups on mood has driven me to write down this series of recipes which I hope you will find both delicious and therapeutic.

Feeling Anxious or Worried?

Feelings of worry and anxiety have been shown to be very often linked to a lack of iron in the diet.  If you’re feeling particularly run down then this recipe is definitely one to try.  The raisins in it contain a high amount of iron and the oatmeal contains zinc, iron calcium, along with vitamins B1 and E, and is a natural relaxant.  

Relaxing Raisin Oatmeal Cookies


  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar (replace with 1/2 cup applesauce if you want to reduce the sugar content)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of real vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (or use ground if you don’t have a nutmeg grater)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of milk (full cream is best)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup quick cook (but not instant) oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup raisins (soaked in apple juice overnight and then drained)

The Method

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
  • Cream together the sugar and butter until smooth. Add the eggs, milk, vanilla and applesauce (if you’re using it to replace half the sugar) and mix until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl add the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt and stir thoroughly. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and beat in with an electric mixer to ensure thorough blending.
  • Stir in the Oatmeal and Raisins and mix thoroughly.
  • Drop rounded teaspoons of the cookie dough onto lightly floured cookie sheets.
  • Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 mins or until golden brown. Cool slightly and then remove onto a wire rack to allow to cool completely before enjoying.

Makes around 24 cookies.

A glass of milk with the cookies adds to the soothing effects of this delicious treat.


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      9 years ago

      sounds like a great recipe and thank you for sharing. It might be a good idea to eliminate the sugar thought since it's a stimulant and should be avoided for those fighting depression or anxiety. I have read that stevia acts differently in the body so maybe substitute with that (very small amount). Honey and agave are also good substitutes for the recipe if not used for someone with anxiety or depression. At least they have nutrients that sugar does not have...

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      10 years ago from The South, United States

      Love it!! Thanks!

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      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies? Great idea; plus, dark chocolate contains flavonoids, so a few chunks a day has been shown to help to prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure and even prolong life. This is great news for chocaholics like me! Viva la chocolate!

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      10 years ago from The South, United States

      Could I achieve the same with chocolate oatmeal cookies. (The no-bake kind?) I don't like oatmeal raisin. I really enjoyed this hub thought. Holidays should be called 'stressdays' sometimes. Great hub.

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      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks for sharing your mood food. I love raisin oatmeal cookies.

    • arak1547 profile image


      10 years ago from Akron

      Great hub. I would definitely agree with RGraf with the baking aspect. Good aromatherapy!

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      Rebecca Graf 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin

      Just baking them could help you relax. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Kellys Writing 

      10 years ago

      Yummy. Nice hub.

    • drgratton profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for the comment Bob. They are REALLY good!

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      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      raisin oatmeal cookies yum! I can unwind just thinking about them.


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