I am still nursing my youngest, so when I get the kids to sleep at night, I need a serious snack and I usually feel like I deserve ice cream (bedtime can be rough with the little monsters).  I’ve heard people say “when I want a cookie I want a real cookie” and they don’t want it to be healthy.  My problem… I want about four every night, with ice cream… so healthy cookies it is for me.

I’ve read and tried a ton of healthy cookie recipes with some success and some problems, mainly that they are not, in fact, very healthy at all.  These really are, and are a great treat for the kids when they are awake too.  This recipe makes two big pans worth so I freeze them and pop a few into the microwave every night…just add ice cream!

Bedtime Healthy Cookies

Yield: 45

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c oats
  • 1 c nuts, chopped (peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans, any combination)
  • 1/2 c seeds (chia, sunflower, flax, pumpkin, sesame, any combination)
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 1/2 c shredded coconut
  • 3/4 c chips (chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch, any combination)
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t kosher salt
  • 1 small zucchini, shredded
  • 1 small/medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 banana, mashed with a fork
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c coconut oil or melted butter
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 2 t vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350
  2. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl
  3. Add all other ingredients and mix with a spatula until well combined
  4. Using a small portion scoop, scoop onto oil sprayed cookie sheets, makes about 45 cookies
  5. Bake 16 minutes
  6. Serve with ice cream and freeze extras
http://www.sungrownkitchen.com/bedtime-healthy-cookies/

Bedtime Healthy Cookies
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