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Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and there are so many great possibilities that can help you get your day off to a healthy and tasty start. People say they do not have time to eat a proper breakfast. They get up late, rush out the door and go to a drive thru to get a coffee and a pastry. They start the daily poorly and suffer the consequences of this choice as they day goes by. I say choice because that is exactly what this is, a deliberate choice to not take a few minutes a grab a simple but satisfying breakfast.
Oatmeal is one of our favourite breakfasts. We use the ten-minute cooking version, not the instant one. The instant oatmeal still has benefits but we have the time and prefer the taste of the longer cooking version.
I enjoy taking my time in the morning, even if it means getting up earlier than absolutely must. How we preceive the taks we must do directly impacts our behaviour and emotional reactions to life's event.I do not like to rush in the morning, it is not a time to leap out of bed, jump in the shower dress and rush out the door, grabbing a coffee and bagel at the closest drive through.
Our day’s start slowly. We get up approximately two hours before we have to leave. This allows time for 2 or 3 cups of organic fair trade coffee, conversation and a decent breakfast.
Oatmeal not only tastes delicious, it's good for your heart. Research conducted over the past 40 years shows that eating 3g of soluble fiber daily from oatmeal, in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Oats contain soluble fiber that binds with and helps remove some of the cholesterol which can clog your arteries and lead to heart disease.
Perhaps, best of all, you can make cookies, sugar free good for you cookies. Now what could be better than that?
SUGAR FREE OATMEAL COOKIES :
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. oatmeal
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 c. raisins
1 c. unsweetened applesauce
1/4 c. water
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 c. chopped nuts (optional)
1/4 tsp. sea salt
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Beat well. Drop by spoonfuls onto a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until browned. Makes 48 cookies.
Banana Oatmeal Cookies:
- 3 ripe bananas
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in oats, dates, oil, and vanilla. Mix well, and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown.
You can take these as part of your lunch or carry a couple for a quick snack should you need one.