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Whole Grain Dessert

p5030022-winceTUESDAY: Whole grains (oats)

Food is more than the nutrients they provide, it is also for our pleasure and a HUGE part of our culture. So in honor of pleasure and culture, I wanted to try to makeover some yummy no-bake chocolate cookies. 

There is a place for treats in our diet. When treats become a special event, they truly taste better and are more delicious.  A dietary habit of making treats commonplace diminish the pleasure of them altogether. 

I experimented with two batches of no-bake cookies on Sunday. These are the changes I made. 

Batch #1 Batch #2
1 Cup of sugar
2 Cups sugar
Soy Milk
Regular Milk
Natural Almond Butter
Regular Peanut Butter

 Both batches turned out exactly the same in taste!  There was absolutely no difference in sweetness. There is no reason to use the full amount of sugar in any baked goods.  Here is the recipe.

I intentionally added extra oats and some heart healthy nuts (almonds, peanuts, and walnuts), and some cocoa!  (my father-in-law's eyes are still improving!!)  We need to be intentional about adding healthy, whole foods to our kids diet.  That is a responsibility that can not be delegated.

 Happy Cinco De Mayo!   I am soaking some black beans right now, and we are having taco soup for dinner.  Delicious.

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Comments

heidi
05/05/2009 8:05am
These sound absolutely wonderful. My kids have yet to dislike any recipes you've put on here, so I know this one will be a hit as well. Where can you get Almond butter? I haven't seen it around.
05/05/2009 12:04pm
Most grocery stores sell it right next to regular peanut butter. Even my Costco had the Maranatha brand Almond Butter.
Kristin
05/05/2009 3:01pm
Hey! I'm making taco soup for dinner tonight, too -- is yours from the "Fix it and Forget it" slow-cooker cookbook? It was by sheer coincidence I picked it for tonight -- I was flipping through the book and thought it looked good, and because Tuesdays are my late work night they're also my slow-cooker night, and there we are! I'm also a "bean soaker," originally to cut down on sodium, now to save money and reduce waste, too. If you can plan one day ahead, you can soak beans.
05/05/2009 3:05pm
Hi Kristin, I do have that cookbook, and I WAS going to do it in the crockpot. But then I forgot. So now its 4:00. Luckily the beans are ready, but I'll just have to dump everything into a pot and simmer. I prefer the slow cooker though, and I'll open Fix it and Forget to check their ingredient list.
05/06/2009 9:30am
MMMM! I made this as soon as I saw it! They are SOOOO good! My husband LOVES the cookies. My 2 year old and 4 year old weren't as impressed. They did snack on one each, but when I offered them more later they weren't interested. I don't think they were used to the texture. But the taste is AWESOME.
05/06/2009 10:14am
It's a right of passage in my family to memorize the no bake cookie recipe! Recently I've been trying to healthify is, too. Ours already had 3 TBSP of cocoa (and 1/2 C of peanut butter). I've been using 3 heaping TBSP of dark cocoa and very little peanut butter (or even none at all) which we love. I'll have to try halving the sugar and see how that comes out.
05/06/2009 6:33pm
Erika, glad you like it! The kids don't know what they are missing. This made me laugh! Some recipes are worth keeping in your head. I love that I always have the ingredients for these on hand.
07/20/2009 5:02am
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