Do you have a craving for yummy cookies?
Lately, I’ve been wanting cookies. Craving them actually.
Cookies are tasty, but can give you headaches, make you fat, and take away energy from blood sugar swings.
Wouldn’t it be better to control your diet AND inspire more beauty with little reminders of a Fantasy World?
I like to tweak recipes and make them taste great, but fit within the guidelines of healthy diet. Therefore, for this weeks post, I am proposing something quite different! A recipe! How about bringing some magic into the kitchen with these delicious Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Bars shaped like little butterflies and flowers. These would be a delicious addition to any tea party or Fairy themed party. Of course they work for adults as well as children! Anybody would love these tasty treats!
Here is how they are made:
1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup Rolled Oats
1/2 cup Quick Oats
One cup Splenda
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
One large pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cornstarch or arrow root powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
3/4 cup black raisins (small or cut up)
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 TBS Butter
3/4 cup cold water
Mix flour, oats, salt, spice, soda, cornstarch, and Splenda in a large bowl. Mix apple sauce, raisins, vanilla and water. Cut in butter. Mix wet ingredients into dry. The dough should be very moist. Mix well.
Place butterfly mold directly onto a oiled cookie sheet. Form dough into a ball in your hands and then put into mold and press down with your fingers until the mold is filled about 1 cm high evenly all around the butterfly shape. Carefully remove the mold and go to work on your next cookie. Recipe should make 18 butterflies and flowers or less if you have a larger butterfly mold.
If you don’t have a mold they could be made into a drop cookie. Press down each spoonful to flatten before cooking.
Bake at 350 degrees for approx 10 minutes.
Flip the cookies over and cool on the baking sheet for a minute before transferring to a wire rack for complete cooling.
By substituting the Splenda for the sugar, as well as removing the fat and replacing it with applesauce, this recipe offers a healthier alternative to traditional cookies. Yet these offer a great taste! Of course if you wanted to put in chocolate chips instead of the raisins- Go for it!
As a side note I really LOVE golden raisins. I tried this recipe first with the golden raisins, but it didn’t taste nearly as good. The black ones give a more full flavor.
These could even be a great breakfast replacement. Oatmeal in hand almost.
That’s why making these in a special shape that brings us back to the Enchanted World of Fairies, Butterflies, Flowers and the Fae also reminds us to care for ourselves and our families down to the smallest detail. Even a quick snack or breakfast can be a place for the mind to rest and reflect.
Simple and quick to make, why not try some today?! Most of these ingredients households have on hand.
I purchased my cookie cutters at Michael’s for 99 cents each.
Healthy cookies shaped like butterflies and flowers are a great way to trailblaze into 2018!
Happy New Year!