Healthy Apple Oatmeal Flax Cookies

By: Deb Lowther apple_cookies 250

Kids love cookies, but cookies are usually full of butter, sugar and all purpose flour. Not wanting my kids to go without cookies, but still wanting them to have healthy, home baked school snacks, I set out to reinvent some of their favorite cookies recipes.

There are two tricks to having healthy home made snacks ready to toss into school lunches on busy mornings:
1. Bake and Freeze EVERYTHING!
2. Make a healthy version of something they like

Here is a healthy version of the Oatmeal Cookie, and yes, chocolate chips make everything taste good!

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup agave syrup or sugar
1/4 cup apple sauce
1 egg
1tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flax
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cup oats
1 apple peeled and shredded
chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix butter, agave syrup, apple sauce, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. In a separate bowl combine whole wheat flour, flax, soda, cinnamon and oats. Add dry ingredients to egg mixture and combine. Add in shredded apple and a handful of chocolate chips. Drop by spoonful onto a cookie sheet and pat down with the back of a spoon, bake 8-10 minutes. Cool completely and then freeze!

Deb Lowther is a mother of 3 young daughters who, when not running after the kids, is running in the trails! She blogs about Raising Healthy Kids and ensures her own have fun while eating healthy & staying active. To read more articles you can visit her websites & or visit her on Twitter @KidsGummyMum or Facebook at IronKids.Health and Adult Essentials.

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