Friday, January 10, 2014

Healthier Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies have just the right amount of sweetness, are tender and chewy, with a nice nutty crunch.

Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

It seems like once January 1st hits, everyone is scrambling to become more healthy. Even I get sucked into the New Year, healthy new start dance. BUT most years come Valentine's my good intentions go down the drain, thanks to the Valentine's chocolates Hubby insists on buying me. After 14 yrs, you'd think the man would know I have NO will power when it comes to chocolate. Zero, nadda, nyet! It's actually pretty sad and something I've been trying to resolve for years. The fact that I love baking so much doesn't help either. I mean knowing I can go into the kitchen and crank out cookies in about 30 minutes, does not help my sugar addiction. So, every January I try to find a balance, a way to have my cookie and eat it too.

Now a days with so many sugar alternatives, and great whole wheat flours, it's easy to make your favourites a bit healthier. I however, do not do artificial sweeteners, or alternative sweeteners such as stevia. For one sweeteners like sucralose can not be broken down in our bodies, therefore are expelled and recycled into our drinking water. My Mom tried baking with Stevia and I just don't like the coating it leaves on my tongue, or the after taste it leaves in my mouth. Now if you like these alternative sweeteners, I am not saying you are in the wrong. It's all about personal preference and I for one just can't do it. If you can, kuddos to you. So I try to go with more natural sweeteners, which have been around for a LONG time. Like honey. I love to bake with honey and when I can, I do. Pecans and dried cranberries are both packed with heart healthy fats. Plus, my kids LOVE them, so I knew they'd go for these yummy cookies!

Cranberry Pecan Cookies

Healthier Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies
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4 Tbs butter, softened
1/4 cup creamed honey
2 Tbs brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 C white whole wheat flour
3/4 C rolled oats
2 Tbs ground flax seed
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C pecans, chopped
1/4 C dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a bowl cream the butter, honey and brown sugar, until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla extract. In a second bowl combine the flour, oats, ground flax, baking soda and salt. Pour into butter mixture and mix until just combined. Add cranberries and pecan (reserving a few nuts to sprinkle on top) and mix well.

Using a medium cookie scoop, place dough onto cookie sheets and sprinkle with remaining nuts. Bake for 8-11 minutes, until cookies begin to brown around the edges. For crisper cookies, cook one minute longer; watching to ensure they don't burn.

This recipe is being entered in EatInEatOut's 3 Annual Christmas in July Cookie Contest

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Marsha Baker said...

OH.MY.GOODNESS! Those cookies look and sound peefect. This is how I try to cook..er....bake..too. I have the same thinking about caving when Valentines day rolls around. ;-/ Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck.

Anonymous said...

They look delicious and I am happy you used Honey!!!! <3 You do not want to give artificial sweeteners to children anyway.!!!

Victoria said...

yum! These look amazing!

Joanne DiPalo said...

I'm a big cookie fan and I love this healthy cookie, especially with the addition of the cranberries and pecans. I'll be sharing this on my FB page tomorrow and pinning as well.

Thanks for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday Healthy Choices this week.

Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Laura@baking in pyjamas said...

They sound like a great alternative to the traditional sugary cookie. They look yummy too! Visiting from Super Saturday Link up party.

Deborah L Melian said...

I love cookies and making a healthier version of any cookie is worth it. Gotta try it! I’m sure my family will love it! And, thank you for stopping by Shine a Spotlight Saturday and sharing! See you next Saturday! —Deb at DialMforMoms.com

Krystle(Baking Beauty) said...

Chewy cookies are my weakness! What a delicious combination.

Brenda Penton said...

Ohhh these look so good! Just picked up a bag of cranberries a few days ago, so I will have to try these!