This week I thought I’d post a recipe for those of you that are wondering how to survive Halloween without breaking all the rules of your healthy lifestyle.
Halloween is full of sugary treats (why?), that can wrak havoc on your health and are so hard to resist when they’re everywhere!
I thought I’d ask my dear friend and fellow health nut Susan of My Beeting Heart to send me a recipe for her Pumpkin Maple Oat Cookies as a healthy alternative.
Pumpkin Maple Oat Cookies makes 2 dozen
1 – 15 ounce canned organic pumpkin
11/2 cup gluten-free oats, ground
1/2 cup almond flour
1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground clove
1/4 tsp ground cardamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil, warmed
2/3 cup 100% pure & organic maple syrup
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a food processor, pulse oats until they are slightly ground. (Not pulverized into a flour but just slightly ground.)
3. In a large bowl, combine oats, almond flour, baking soda and spices into a bowl and whisk. Set aside.
4. In a separate bowl, add pumpkin, coconut oil, vanilla & maple syrup and stir until blended.
5. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
6. Fold in pecans and chocolate.
7. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of the cookie dough onto the baking sheet. (Note: this cookie dough is looser than a standard cookie dough. Don’t be alarmed.) Leave space between each cookie. You should be able to fit 12 cookies on each 9″x13″ baking sheet.
8. Bake cookies for 30 – 40 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. (These cookies will stay slightly soft and moist on the top.)
9. Remove cookies from oven and allow them to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
So make up a batch, take some to work or leave them on the kitchen counter for when Halloween treats are in order, you won’t be disappointed.
PS. Check out Susan’s blog and budding health counseling practice aimed at leading a deliciously heart healthy life at http://mybeetingheart.com .
PPS. If you’re looking for healthy treats to pass out to your trick or treaters this year, try some of these or these , or these – and let me know how it goes on my Facebook Page .