The holidays are a fun time of gathering. Everyone is seeing each other for the first time in years, relaxing and having fun.
While snacking on one of those delicious cookies made by grandma isnt wrong at all, it is important to make sure you dont completely derail.
If you still want to indulge, but wish there was a healthier option, look no further.
This cookie recipe comes from a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I tweaked it, swapping out certain ingredients for healthier ones.
For instance, there is no added sugars. The only added sugars come from the Kodiak dark chocolate protein pancake and waffle mix. So what was used to sweeten it?
Easy, honey and molasses.
Honey is a natural, and one of the least processed sweeteners around. Any processing done is by the bees. It also contains several health benefits, including but not limited to:
-countering pollen allergies
-rich in antioxidants
Molasses is actually a by-product of processing. But it is still nutritional, and better for you than granulated sugar. Molasses is rich in a few nutrients:
Now that you understand the benefits of swapping out the sweeteners, lets talk about the Kodiak protein pancake mix. This mix is essentially a protein powder that has been specially made for baking. It comes in several varieties, including gluten free( which I would suggest for those with digestive issues, that still want to add a little protein) Because this powder is not necessarily a traditional flour, you may need less of it. Protein powder tends to absorb water more when baking, so be careful to not add too much more, or you will get a dry cookie.
Protein Cookies Recipe
*makes 36 cookies*
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup molasses
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins
- preheat oven to 350ºF
- soften butter
- add in honey and molasses, stir until well mixed.
- add eggs, vanilla, and baking powder, mix well.
- add in remaining ingredients, mix thuroughly. If mixture is soupy, add in small amounts of kodiak mix, and / or oats. When mixed to correct consistency you will be able to spoon out balls of slightly sticky dough.
- spoon balls of dough onto sheets, about 2 ” apart. Place in oven for 11 minutes, or until undersides are slightly brown.
- Cookies may still be slighlty gooey when coming out of the oven. Place in oven for a few more minutes if desired, just be sure to not burn them.
- Enjoy your healthified cookies!