Oats

Cookie with Benefits!!

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2015/01/img_5536.jpg This nutrient dense, delicious cookie recipe will actually improve your health!!

Increase your fiber and satisfy your hunger levels. (Thank you Oats)

Sustained Energy levels. (Thank you Oat & Nuts)

Elevate HDL and Reduce LDL Cholesterol (Thank you Oats)

Reduce your blood pressure and increase digestive enzymes in your stomach (Thanks Bananas!)

Fight off infection with Vitamin C (Thanks Applesauce)

Reduce inflammation in the body with magnesium! (Thanks Pecans)

Support Bone & Teeth Formation. (Thanks pecans)

Reduce stomach pains, improve mental performance, reduce hunger pains, relieve stress, and increase antioxidant levels (Thanks Vanilla)

Stabilize blood sugar and protects neurons in your brain!! (Thanks Cinnamon)

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Peanut Butter Banana Cookie Recipe Yields 1 Dozen (Recipe inspired from Amanda's Apron - www.amandasapron.com)

COOKIE:

2 Bananas

1.5 cup Old-Fashion Oats

2/3 cup Homemade Peanut Butter (or a natural store bought with peanuts and/or salt only)

2/3 cup Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce

1/2 cup Chopped Pecans, Raw Almond, or Cashews

1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

FROSTING:

1/4 cup Natural Peanut Butter

1 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil

Optional Sweetener Add-ins: Dried Cranberries, Raisins, Cacao nibs, Cocoa powder, Dried Cherries, 2-3 Tbsp Honey or Agave Nectar

Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mash bananas until soft. Add all other ingredients for cookie to bowl and mix well. Place dough in 1-2 inch balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Mash to make into cookie shape. Bake for 20-25 minutes. When cookies are done, place on wire cookie rack to cool and too with frosting.

To make frosting microwave 1/4 cup peanut butter with 1 Tbsp organic coconut oil. Drizzle over cookies and let set.

Store cookies in airtight container in a cool place.

Feel good about serving this cookie to your friends, family, or most importantly to YOU!!

Remember, food is our medicine and is meant to be enjoyed!!!

Recipe Recommendation (No Cooking!)

HEALTHY 5-INGREDIENT GRANOLA BARS Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 5 mins. Total time: 15 mins

Author: Minimalist Baker (www.minimalistbaker.com) Serves: 10 bars

INGREDIENTS 1 cup packed dates, pitted (deglet nour or medjool) 1/4 cup honey (or sub maple syrup or agave for vegan option) 1/4 cup creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter Substitute 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (gluten free for GF eaters) optional additions: chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, vanilla, etc.

INSTRUCTIONS Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a “dough” like consistency. (mine rolled into a ball)

Optional step: Toast your oats in a 350 degree oven for 15-ish minutes or until slightly golden brown. Otherwise, leave them raw – I just prefer the toasted flavor. Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl – set aside.

Warm honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout.

Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8×8 dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily. (A loaf pan might work, but will yield thicker bars.)

Press down until uniformly flattened. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let set in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.

Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days.

Product Review: Cinnamon Burst Cheerios!

I love Cheerios, and I’m not talking about the cheerleading squad on the prime time TV show Glee!  Cheerios are a childhood classic and a staple in most American homes.  You can imagine my surprise when I found cheerios on sale at Publix, BOGO!!  And to add to my surprise I saw a NEW FLAVOR!!!!  CINNAMON BURST!

Cinnamon is the perfect for the winter because of its warm flavor.  Other than the great flavor, cinnamon offers numerous health benefits, including:

  • Can improve LDL levels by adding ½ tsp per day
  • Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes.
  • Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
  • Cinnamon has shown an ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections in recent studies.
  • Cinnamon can act as a natural food preservative by inhibiting bacterial growth and food spoilage.

As we all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Cheerios has been known to be a part of a healthy, balanced breakfast due to its ingredients that help promote health.  Do you know what Cheerios can do for you?

Cheerios are made of oats which contain soluble fiber that can help lower cholesterol.  Oats act as tiny sponges that can help soak up some cholesterol and naturally remove it from your body.  The soluble fiber forms a gel in your digestive system, which binds to the cholesterol in your so it is “trapped” and removed from your body.  Oats have more soluble fiber than whole wheat, rice, or corn.  Oats also contain vitamins, minerals and unique antioxidants, which help add to their nutritional scoreboard!

What else can you find in Cheerios:

  • 110 Calories per ¾ Cup Serving
  • 20% of Daily Value of Fiber
  • It is Considered a Low-Fat Food Because the Fat Content is Below 3 grams or less of Fat Per Serving
  • Each Serving is Saturated Fat FREE!!!
  • Naturally Cholesterol Free
  • Contains at Least 10% of the Daily Value of Calcium per Serving.
  • Contains at Least 10% of the Daily Value of Vitamin D per Serving.
  • Contains at Least 8 grams of Whole Grain per Serving Which Puts You on Your Way To Meeting The Recommended Amount of 48 Grams per Day.

This product gets an A+ for adding great flavor and TONS of nutritional benefits to my breakfast table!