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My youngest and I have a serious sweet tooth – and I got it from my dad! I’m trying to convince him that his next tooth to come out, will be his sweet tooth and he’ll no longer like treats!! I haven’t convinced him yet!
It’s hard having a sweet tooth, especially since I also consider myself to be a sugar warden!! There are so many articles that state how white sugar is so unhealthy and that it’s one of the most addictive substances we put into our bodies each day! I try so hard every day to to limit our sugar intake. Some days it’s easier said than done. That doesn’t mean we never eat it, because we do. It means that we’ve all become more conscious about what we eat and what I buy for lunches and treats. You need to find that balance, but that doesn’t mean going a week without sugar then going on a sugar binge! It’s so important to educate yourself and children on how to develop and maintain healthy eating habits.
In fact, my boys have learned a lot about healthy eating now that they’ve both become really good label readers. It’s kinda a game we play almost daily at the supper table.
‘Guess how many grams of sugar this salad dressing has?’ Or, ‘guess how much sodium is in these croutons?’ They’re little nutritionists in the making!
But, just because we all know how to eat healthy and what types of food and additives we should be avoiding, doesn’t mean we always do. It can be challenging.
I sometimes wonder if by limiting my boy’s sugar intake too much; that one day when they’ll buy their own food, they’ll rebel and go crazy on the garbage I refuse to buy!
They often tell me, “when I move out, I’m going to eat Fruit Loops and Lucky Charms every day.” Oh, great. See what I mean? I don’t want that to happen either so that’s why it’s so important to have that balance. They only get one treat in their lunch each day because I know they also like having something after supper as well. There may have been the odd time I’ll “forget” to put a treat in their lunch knowing they ate a lot of garbage the day before. I can guarantee they’ll let me know as soon as they get home that they didn’t get one!!
‘Huh….did I? Oops, sorry!?’
And on the nights they have a ball or hockey game, forget it. If their grandparents are there with us, you know there’re getting something from that darn concession stand afterwards!
That’s why I’m always looking for healthy snacks that I can feel good about giving my boys for their lunch and/or snacks at home. When I came across these cookies I tried them right away. I was always a PB junkie. I loved almost anything peanut butter. When we found out that our oldest son had a peanut allergy, we threw everything that contained it and haven’t touched it since. That was 10 years ago!!
Luckily for me, I like Wowbutter (pb substitute made from soy) and I fell in love with these cookies at first bite. They are so satisfying without being so full of sugar. Not only is there is no refined white sugar but these gems are also made without flour, butter and oil. I purposely shape these into small little bite sized cookies to make me feel better when I (only) eat 5 or 6!! They are SOOOO good!! (Hey, check out these delish ones too)!!
Like I mentioned, I make them with Wowbutter but you could also make them with any type of nutbutter substitute or if you are able to eat tree nuts, almond butter also works. I always add a bit more Wowbutter in than what it calls for – only because I find Wowbutter has more of a milder taste compared to PB.
How did your turn out? Did you 💗 them too?
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Peanut Free Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 c Wowbutter or your favourite nutbutter
- ½ c + 2 T old fashioned oats
- ½ c dark chocolate chips
- 2 T honey
- 4 T light brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 large egg
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ⅛ tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°
- In a medium sized bowl stir together the Wowbutter, honey, and brown sugar.
- Add in the oats, salt, baking soda, and vanilla extract. Stir well.
- In a separate bowl lightly beat the egg and then add it to the mixture.
- Stir in desired add-ins (dark chocolate chips, raisins, craisins, etc.)
- The mixture will be thick and hard to stir. Continue stirring until combined and then use a cookie scoop to scoop out the dough. Press the dough very tightly in the cookie scoop to form the balls. Without a cookie scoop these tend to crumble.
If not using a cookie scoop you will have to work with the dough a little bit more by squeezing it into a ball.
- Form the balls onto a cookie sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes.
- Watch the cookies closely and remove when the bottom barely starts to brown even if they don't look completely done (they cook more as they cool).