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  • Jun 19 2015

    Treats for Tots: Homemade versus Store-bought PLUS a BONUS recipe for you!

    Making A Call On the Go:  Healthy Or Hurry?

    Recently, my 19-month old toddler, Noah and I have been at train stations – four times! – while hubby was away on a 10-day work trip. One morning at the station, en route to visit my sister, I rushed to pack a bag with everything he/we needed though I hadn’t the time to feed myself before leaving. So there I was at the station with the scent of cinnamon buns being baked, Subway, McD’s, a patisserie and a juicing counter.

    Since I love smoothies (and wanting to make the ‘wise choice’) we stood in line at the juice station until N became très fussy and squirmy. I could tell we were clearly not going to weather the line-up for the time it would take to get to the front and order a smoothie. So with plenty of time before our train arrived, we walked a little along the food area – he needed to walk and explore on his own agenda. Passing a coffee shop, N immediately spotted cookies, pointed and exclaimed “C, Cookie! C, Cookie!” <- [‘C is for Cookie’ being Cookie Monster’s skit from Sesame Street]!

    Lugging the bags, I approached and said, “Mum has some yogurt melts here for Noah!” He usually loves these however he wasn’t having them now. And he WAS having the cookie behind that bakery window!  I noted I had also brought store-bought Arrowroot cookies in different shapes (donut shape, animal shapes…). So here were my choices: boxed cookie that suspiciously lasts years without losing it’s taste or the big unknown-though-likely-full-of-sugar-and-?? bakery cookie…

    I was definitely going to find the energy to bake some healthier cookies tonight! So here’s what I made (and boy am I happy these are the new ‘to-go’, occasional treat!)…

    Organic Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal-Flax Cookies!


    Organic Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal-Flax Cookies!


    • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat or almond flour (or a combination of the two flours)
    • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
    • 1/4 cup flaxseed, finely ground in a spice grinder, or pre-ground flaxseed
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 cup organic sugar or stevia
    • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    • fresh cherries


    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
    Whisk the flour, oats, flaxseed, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a bowl.
    Beat the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to low; add the flour mixture and beat until just combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. Deseed the cherries (click here for easy pitting tips). Stir in halved or quartered cherries. Stir in the chocolate chips.
    Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough (or teaspoons for smaller cookies) onto the prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool 3 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to racks to cool completely.  Makes 24-32 yummy cookies.

    These cookies are soft and chewy! I actually cannot stop eating them. More importantly Noah loves them too! Fortunately I have enough will power to save the bulk for hubby and baby! Hope you enjoy these!!!


    Feel free to share your comments below…and share this recipe with other Moms! And definitely please let me know how the cookies turned out if you make these 🙂


    P.S. I’d like to thank my own Mom for inspiring the BAKER in me from the early days! Love you Mom!


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