Deviating from his usual nut and plant diet, Chipper baked some delicious Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies this week! Try baking these yummy cookies with your little one! Kids love to help in the kitchen and they can learn the basics of baking. It’s a great recipe to try on a rainy day! Also, teach your kiddos Chipper’s motto: “Healthy before sweet, can’t be beat!” Make sure they eat their veggies before munching on any cookies.
Healthy AND Sweet: Oatmeal is known for reducing cholesterol, but did you know it also reduces inflammation in the body? Chipper has always suspected that cookies are a health food, and he’s reassured to have our pro-dessert bias backed up by science.
Chipper also recently came across an article in Vital Choice Newsletter (Chocolate Linked to Heart Health, Again by Craig Weatherby) and saw that yet another study has confirmed dark chocolate as a food containing multiple health benefits! While he already knew dark chocolate has tons of antioxidants, Chipper was thrilled to learn that it helped with insulin resistance, blood pressure, as well as heart health. One recent study showed that of the 1,169 heart attack survivors followed over a period of 8 years, those who consumed dark chocolate 2 or more times a week were 66% less likely to die from a cardiac related death. Now you can gorge away on your Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies without feeling any guilt at all!
Here’s what you need:
1 cup butter, softened.
1.25 cups packed brown sugar
0.5 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1.75 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
0.5 teaspoon salt
2.5 cups oats
2 cups chocolate chips
1. First, preheat the oven to 375˚F.
2. Secondly, beat the butter and sugars until creamy.
3. Add eggs, milk, vanilla & beat well.
4. Add flour, baking soda, salt & mix well.
5. Add oats and chocolate chips & mix well. Chipper didn’t have enough chocolate chips so he used a mix of both white chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips!
6. Place two inches apart on cookie sheet and bake for 9-13 minutes–until tops of cookies are golden brown!