Since we are on the subject of easy to make, super good for you foods, I wanted to share this cookie recipe with you as we head into the weekend. These cookies are simple to make, and they are a million times better for you than anything you could ever buy at the store. Honestly there is no comparison. Plus, there is nothing more comforting than the smell of cookies baking in your oven on a cold day, right?  And I am not talking about the roll of plastic dough from the refrigerator section either…those aren’t real cookies.

The temperatures sure are dropping here in Northern Vermont, and today I have the baking bug. So I am whipping up a batch of these as soon as I post this.

Don’t get me wrong though, these are certainly all weather cookies. I made sure we always had a fresh batch on hand this summer. They are super satisfying and packed with delicious flavor and nutrition. Perfect for those busy summer days in the garden, working for hours with no time for a sit down lunch. These came in perfect and really kept us going through many busy days like that this past spring and summer. I daresay these are better for you than those energy bars out there, but taste like a cookie! Add a kefir smoothie and you have lunch on the go when it was too hot to think about putting food together. These cookies have also been kid-tested and they are highly portable. It is really hard to find fault with these cookies.

I haven’t even told you the best part either. The BEST thing about these cookies is that you can switch up the flavors and use what you have on hand – add some nuts, or dried fruits. Once I made these with a cut up bacon-chocolate bar, and they really rocked my world. You can substitute applesauce for half the yogurt, or try pureed pumpkin and add some ginger for a fall classic! If you have leftover egg whites from making the aioli on my Homemade Condiments post from earlier this week, use them instead of one whole egg. The possibilities really are endless! So join me, and whip up a batch of these this weekend! C’mon, they are totally guilt free, and actually beneficial to your health! Everyone has time for cookies!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup muesli (or just plain oats – but muesli is way, way better). I use Bob’s Red Mill.
¾ cup spelt or whole wheat flour, make these gluten-free by using a gluten free flour. I bet coconut flour would go great!
2/3 c. kefir/yogurt/buttermilk
¼ cup rapadura sugar
1 egg, or two egg whites
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
½ cup organic baking coconut
¼ cup chocolate chips

METHOD:

Mix muesli, flour and dairy in a large bowl and let stand on counter top overnight (or at least a few hours for the muesli o get soft). Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix in sugar, eggs, baking soda, salt, vanilla and spices – make sure all is evenly combined. Then add the coconut and fold in the chocolate chips. On a prepared cookie sheet, drop batter by the tablespoon full on the cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cookies are browned. Makes about 12 cookies.