I hate to admit it but I am a bit of a stickler about what foods I allow into our home. No, my kids are not gf, dairy free, soy free etc etc. BUT we do stay away from those things as much as possible. I am also aware and conscious of the ingredients in everything I buy/make.
I whole heartedly believe that it is up to me to help them create healthy eating habits. For me that is balance, for example, yes they can have some candy on Halloween, no we do not eat dessert or treats regularly. I also like to take some of my favorite recipes and sub in healthy ingredients.
One of my absolute favorite substitutes right now is oat flour. I’ve tried almond and coconut flours but honestly have never had much luck. But oat flour is almost like a 1:1 substitution for flour! And you can make it at home by grinding oats into a meal in your blender.
I have totally fallen in love with the True Roots Cookbook. It’s full of gluten free, dairy free and processed sugar free recipes. One of my favorite things I used to do as a kid was bake chocolate chip cookies with my mom. So I was really excited to find this “healthier” recipe in the True Roots Cookbook and the boys had a great time helping in the kitchen.
2 1/2 cups Oat Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Himalayan Salt
2 sticks Butter
1 1/2 cups Coconut Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 375 and line baking sheet with parchment paper
In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients (except chocolate chips)
In a stand mixer or bowl beat the butter and sugar followed by the sugar and vanilla until combined.
Add your butter mixture to your dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Place tablespoon drops of batter onto your cookie sheet (I love using a cookie scoop for this step).
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and cool before serving.
These freeze great and I love eating them right out of the freezer! Oh and they will be a little darker in color than traditional cc cookies because of the darker flour and sugar, they still taste amazing.
So, I’m dying to know, do you cook with your kids? Honestly, it’s taken me a long time to get to this point and I’m not always up for it. But after this I’m going to try more, I mean look at how proud they are to help!