Snack attack! Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

My kids LOVE cookies!

What kid doesn’t? Or Mommy after a long day, paired with her favourite wine 😉

I refuse to buy cookies from the store. They are so full of junk, I don’t want my kiddos eating that and besides…I LOVE to bake 😄

So, peruse Pinterest I must and here’s what I found:

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

Courtesy of Amy’s Healthy Baking

Ingredients:
1 cup quick oats 
¾ cup whole wheat flour
1-½ tsp baking powder
1-½ tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup maple syrup
¾ cup grated carrots (about 1 smallish medium)
Directions:
 
In a medium bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the maple syrup until thoroughly incorporated. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Fold in the carrots. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. (If chilling longer, cover with plastic wrap, ensuring it touches the entire surface of the cookie dough.)
 
Preheat the oven to 325°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.
 
Drop the cookie dough into 15 rounded scoops on the baking sheet. (If chilled longer than 1.5 hours, flatten slightly.) Bake at 325°F for 12-15 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for at least 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
 
These are super duper yummy and the kiddos love ’em too!

Satisfy your sweet tooth! Best Ever Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars

I have a crazy sweet tooth and I’m not afraid to admit it.

I won’t sit with my feet up and eat a box of bon bons, but a little treat in the afternoon when our daughter’s at school and the little dude is down for his nap, gives Mommy that wee bit of energy to get me through until dinner.

I’ve been finding recipes that have little or no sugar added and even ones that don’t have the standard ingredients like butter and flour.

I found this super amazing one that you’d probably agree is pretty AMAZEBALLZ!

Photo credit: Money Saving Mom

Photo credit: Money Saving Mom

Best Ever Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars {Clean Eating}
Courtesy of Money Saving Mom

Ingredients:

1 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil (you could also substitute butter)
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts, raisins, or dried cranberries
1-1/4 cups dark chocolate chips (or regular semi-sweet chocolate chips, if you prefer)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Melt the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil over medium-low heat in a saucepan on the stove. {Watch this closely. You don’t want it to burn!}

Remove from heat once it’s melted together and add in the oats, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, nuts/raisins, and vanilla. Stir together until the chocolate is completely melted.

Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and cool in the fridge. If you’d like thicker bars, you can pour the mixture into a smaller pan.

When the mixture is hardened, cut into bars and eat. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

Ingredients

One giant bar

I’ve made these now a few times and even the kiddies love them. Let me know what you think 😃