A relatively recent tradition of ours during the holiday season is to watch the Harry Potter series. Before we were married, Alex had never seen the films in their entirety, which I can’t believe I didn’t have him watch it during our 4.5 years of dating! I vividly remember the first time I saw HP #1 in theaters. We were late to the movie, so we walked in after it had already started. We climbed the stairs to the second floor of seating as the scene of the Hogwarts acceptance letters ambushed the Dursley’s living room. Immediately after the movie, my parents took me to Barnes & Nobles to buy me the book. I was 11 at the time, which made growing up with Harry Potter all the more special. I eagerly waited for each new book to come out - so much so that I may or may not have cried when my mom didn’t bring home one of the books on the day they were released. Don’t ask how old I was… lol. I am the one (along with my mother) who reread the entire seasons before the final book released in order to look for clues.
I called that the gold locket that was mentioned in less than a sentence in HP #5 was one of the horcruxes, while my mom really called it in never straying from believing that Snape was good. While I firmly believe that the books are superior to the movies, it was so special to finally be able to share the series with Alex. I certainly got a smile on my face when he wanted to watch the second installment of #7 immediately after the first installment, because before he actually knew the storyline, he jokingly mocked it to tease me. And of course with all good movie nights, comes the necessity for great movie snacks! ;)
Ok so these cookies aren’t your typical kind of cookie. They are actually healthier than normal cookies! They are not sweet. Yes, yes I know it is a crazy concept to make a cookie non-sweet, but hear me out. Instead, these cookies are source of energy thanks to their wholesome ingredients, such as whole wheat flour, rolled oats, coconut oil, honey, and superfoods like seeds and raisins. I don’t know about you, but during the holiday season - a time that is filled with sugar cookies, fudge, gingerbread men, etc - it’s nice to have a break from the sweetness and instead have a healthy treat. This dessert (or should I say snack) recipe is incredibly easy to make, and takes minimal time to do so!
Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
Bake time:Serves: 20
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 4 Tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 2 Tablespoons flaxseed
- Preheat oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper, set aside.
- In a bowl, whisk together the flours, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate, large bowl, mix together the coconut oil, brown sugar, honey, egg, and vanilla.
- Add the flour mixture, and whisk until just combined.
- Add the oats, raisins, sunflower seeds, and flaxseed. Stir until combined.
- Using a 2-teaspoon cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto the prelined baking sheet, placing 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.
- Store in an airtight container.