Tuesday, August 24, 2010

"Honey" Oatmeal Cookies

Cookies are not really Ayurvedic, but I am a Mom with kids that love cookies.  I figured I should try to create a healthier cookie rather than try to take cookies away.  Even me the Ayurvedic practitioner enjoys a cookie now and then. 

This recipe is a creation on another front too.  Soon it will be Rosh Hashana, which is the Jewish New Year, and it is customary to eat sweet things for a sweet year.  Honey is one of the traditional foods used.  Raw honey is very healthy according to Ayurveda, but cooked honey is not and is considered somewhat toxic.  I started substituting raw agave syrup for the honey (you can buy it the cheapest at Trader Joes) with great results.  My youngest daughter Tamar loves these cookies.  She likes to help put them on the cookie sheet, but she finds the dough a little sticky.  It is so sticky that she has no choice but to eat the dough from her fingers.

Here is the recipe:
  • 2/3 cup safflower oil
  • 1/2 cup raw agave nectar
  • 2/3 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/3 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together the oil, agave, sugar & egg.
  3. Add in flour, baking soda & oats.
  4. Spray cookie sheets very well with bakers cooking spray.  Drop generous teaspoonfuls of the dough onto the cookie sheets leaving space between them because the dough will spread during cooking.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  6. Leave them on the tray a few minutes to cool and solidify. 
  7. Variation: You can spread the batter in a 8 X 11 baking dish instead for bars, but kids like to help make the cookies. 
Stay healthy & well,

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