Maple-Molasses Oatmeal Cookies

Tell me, fellow mothers-of-toddlers, do your kids go through phases where suddenly they eat about half as much as usual?

We just had a week like that. The biggest problem was that not eating during the day meant waking up hungry at night. Not cool, buddy. Not cool at all, especially when you’ve been sleeping so well for awhile!

So in my attempt to get more calories into Camon during the day (and still have those calories be somewhat nutritious), I made these yummy oatmeal cookies.

I cut the sugar in half and added a drizzle of molasses and a splash of maple syrup. I subbed in whole wheat pastry flour and coconut oil. And of course the recipe already called for lots of oats.

They turned out so, so delicious. Even my oatmeal-cookies-sound-like-dirt hubby loved them! The soft wheat pastry flour didn’t make them heavy, the molasses and coconut oil added flavor to make up for the lower sugar content, and the oats made them hearty and filling. They were sweet enough that you could probably lower the sugar even more and still enjoy them.

You should just go ahead and try them :)

(The dough also freezes well so it’s easy to bake up a couple whenever you need a snack!)

Maple-Molasses Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (sucanat/turbinado/rapadura sugar would work great too)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour (regular whole wheat will make them heavier)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raisins (or combination of dried cranberries and raisins)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cream coconut oil and sugar together until well mixed.
  3. Add eggs, maple syrup, and molasses. Beat well.
  4. Gently stir in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and oats.
  5. Add raisins.
  6. For best shape, refrigerate until firm. If you're in a hurry, you can go ahead and bake them :)
  7. If dough is firm, roll into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. If dough is softer, use a spoon to scoop out mounds on the the cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes (11-13 if using frozen dough) or until set but not too firm.
http://www.savingbymaking.com/2013/05/maple-molasses-oatmeal-cookies/

Are your kids good eaters? What are your tricks for getting the little guys to eat enough?

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