Cookies for Breakfast, Lunch, Tea Time, and anytime in between!
I thought I was out of the brown bag lunch making phase of my life when my kids left for college…..ah, no, here I am again! With both kids home, the brown bag lunch (while now heading to the office instead of school) is alive and well here in The Swamp. While I’m not physically making the lunches anymore, I am trying to keep my pantry well stocked in healthy options. The policy I adopted when they were in grade school still holds true: feed them wholesome food at home—the best you can offer in terms of health—-because who knows what they’re consuming out of the house. Years ago it was the elusive “trade” in the lunchroom or the after school junk that filled their friends’ pantries that I was up against. Now, I’m competing with really unhealthy options that are grab and go quick and also quite tasty.
Creating something sweet enough to be called a cookie, without any added refined sugar and still keeping the glycemic index low was a challenge, but after numerous tries I managed to create balance between nutritious and delicious by adding some dark chocolate and dried cranberries for flavor and some chia seeds and chopped walnuts for protein and healthy fats. The nuts and seeds do double duty health wise because they slow the absorption of sugar into your blood stream making the overall cookie low on the glycemic index. Bonus!! When you make these, keep in mind your picky eaters and adjust to what will work well in your house. Maybe you substitute sunflower seeds for the walnuts, or switch to raisins instead of dried cranberries…….it’s all good!
I like these cookies for a variety of reasons, but the fact that they freeze well is a serious plus. I can make a double (or triple) batch, keep them in the freezer and then when anyone needs a cookie fix, there they are! Available and fresh!
I love a recipe that wears many hats. These cookies , although low on the glycemic index, satisfy hubby’s need for something sweet with his cup of tea after dinner; and if you follow me on instagram you’d know that I’m partial to a breakfast that has oatmeal in it…..so these “cookies” are on my approved breakfast menu as well! Perfect for the young adult who hits the snooze button a few too many times. You can also try this recipe for granola bars for a quick grab and go snack to have on hand.
Cookies that are healthy? You bet! Because a momma’s need to nurture and nourish never goes away.