Oatmeal Raisin Cookies... Healthified

The recipe that I am going to share with you today is from one of the books that made a major impact in changing my eating habits. I remember buying it off the clearance rack at Borders for super cheap. The title, The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood, by William Sears, Martha Sears, James Sears, and Robert Sears. I didn't have any kids at this point, so it was a slightly strange choice for reading material, but there is a wealth of information to be learned in it, so I am glad I did. The Sears family is really no news to anyone-- attachment style parenting, baby-wearing, co-sleeping, etc. What this book excels at is explaining in simple ways how to prioritize and make healthy choices for you, and how to teach these choices to your little ones. While I may not 100% agree with everything they say, I do still recommend it to anyone looking for a starting resource to help with changing their family's eating habits to a more healthy diet. So with all this talk of healthifying your diet, let's move onto the recipe... for cookies. :) They are healthified!

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This oatmeal raisin cookie recipe is one of my favorites and for many reasons. They are so simple--you only need one bowl. They are mostly healthy. I love that the recipes calls for maple syrup instead of white sugar. It adds a much better depth of flavor, and less processing is always better in my book. The ingredients can also be varied quite a bit for whatever you might be in the mood for. Raisins not your deal? Try some chocolate chips! Want some extra crunchies today? Add some walnuts! Have some extra tofu you didn't need for your stir-fry last night? Use it up!

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I hope you and your chicklets enjoy these as much as we do! You almost don't feel guilty when you reach back into the cookie jar for your third, fourth... okay seventh one.

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Have you been baking up anything healthy in the kitchen these hot and humid days? Please share!

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