For as long as I can remember I’ve loved to bake, but the problem with that is how much I love to eat it – all of it🙊. For that reason I try to avoid doing a lot of baking unless it’s on a special occasion, like for birthdays, Christmas, or if I’m entertaining. The thing is, if the goodies are around, we seem to lack self control in our house 🙃
I find that as I get older I can’t get away with the extra sugary treats in my diet, so sad but true. It completely stalls my progress and I slowly start seeing the (negative) effects. Ughhhhh… The best thing for me is to keep the goodies out of the house entirely because it’s so difficult to fight that urge when the treats are always at arms length.
I sometimes find it a little tricky with kids because sugar is everywhere and in almost everything, and they (just like us) love and want it. What’s worse is the more sugar they eat, the more they want. I do my best to give my kids all the healthy choices I can but a treat here and there is part of life. With that in mind, every so often I do a little baking at home. It’s my chance to make something “fun” 🤗 for my kids and also know all the ingredients that go into whatever I’m making. I can tweak here and there, add a little of this, swap out that….. so whatever I can to make something a little more healthy.
I have found that putting some m&m’s into the healthier goodies I make has my kids feeling that they are having a super fun treat. Ohhh I love that they are 6 & 4 🙂
These Monster Cookies are great, they are also simple to make and really yummy! I bake them up, we have a few right out of the oven😍, then I pile them into a ziplock bag and pop them into the freezer. This way they aren’t sitting on the counter tempting us!
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 c Organic Quick Oats
- ¼ c + 1 tbsp Almond Flour
- ½ tsp Baking Soda
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 1/3 c Brown Sugar
- ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
- ¼ c Butter, softened
- 1 Egg
- ¾ c All Natural Peanut Butter
- 3 tbsp Sunflower Seeds
- 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
- ¼ c Mini Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1/3 c M&Ms
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In medium bowl combine: oats, flour, baking soda, salt
- In a larger bowl combine: peanut butter, brown sugar and beat for a minute or two. Add softened butter and beat again. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat well.
- Begin adding the dry ingredients to the wet, once all ingredients are mixed together add the dark chocolate chips and m&ms, gently mix them in.
- Using a large baking pan lined with parchment paper, begin to roll the cookie dough into balls about the size of a ping pong ball then place onto the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 12-15 mins. Remove from oven and voila!
My boys don’t often help but when they show interest in cooking or baking I will let them make all the mess they want (even though it makes me cringgggge🙈😣). I have my fingers crossed that one day they will be chefs in their own kitchen (and they will invite me over for dinner all the time:)
I sometimes try using different flours… spelt, almond, coconut flour, etc. but they can be tricky! I find that you can’t always simply swap out one kind of flour for another, I’ve tried several times with different things and it doesn’t always work. However, for this cookie recipe I was able to eliminate the wheat flour and use almond flour, probably because it’s a small amount. Anyways, the almond flour, along with a few other tweaks worked out perfectly! These cookies are awesome and they are kid approved so it’s a big cookie win!