Health Nut Cookies

18 Jan

nutri cookies
Any time spent in the mountains requires something substantial. We love our famous hiking sammie and Evelyn’s cranberry cookies, but we really love the idea of these crunchy nut cookies.

Adapted from The Heartland Cafe Cookbook

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
(original recipe calls for 1/8 cup buttermilk)
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour (original recipe calls for a cup of white and cup of whole wheat)
2 cups old fashioned (large flakes) oats
1/3 cups oat bran
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups chopped dark chocolate (we used 2 large Lindt dark choc orange)
1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
1/4 cup toasted chopped walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup sunflower, sesame and/or pumpkin seeds (I used all!)
(some add 1/2 cup dried fruit like raisins or apricots)

Preheat the oven to 325F. In a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar for a few minutes, until fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

Add the (buttermilk if using) flour, oats, oat bran, baking soda, baking powder and salt; stir or mix on low speed until almost blended. Add the chocolate, nuts and seeds and stir just until combined.

Drop 1/3 cup scoops onto a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet; flatten each to 1/2-inch thick with your hand.

This is where we froze most of these. Makes it easy to bake a batch Sunday to nibble for breakfast over the next few days.

nutri cookies 2

Bake for 20 minutes, until pale golden around the edges and set, but still soft in the middle. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Makes 1 1/2 dozen large cookies.

nutri cookies 3


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