Melissa's Cuisine: Healthier Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Healthier Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These Healthier Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are perfect for new moms.  They are healthy enough for breakfast, fit into a balanced diet, and help promote lactation!
Melissa's Cuisine:  Healthier Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

They say everything changes when you become a parent.  It's true, but if you're like me, you probably didn't realize how drastically everything really would change.  Life simply isn't about you anymore, in fact the world now revolves around a tiny little human.

No more late nights out with friends.  Instead, we're in by 7 to get the little lady to bed.

No more being out the door in 5 minutes.  Instead, we're changing a diaper, putting the baby in her car seat, double checking the diaper bag, grabbing an extra set of clothes...

No more carrying a purse.  Instead, I carry a bottom-less (seemingly) diaper bag.

No more quick running to the grocery store to pick something up.  Instead, going without or packing up the baby and all her accessories...mostly just going without :)

No more getting up at 5am to go to the gym to workout.  Instead, enjoying every minute of precious sleep I can get and focusing on working out when I can.

No more cooking an elaborate dinner.  Instead, making what is possible with a baby on my hip!

No more adult conversations.  Instead, you're talking baby talk and discussing baby poop.  (Did I just mention poop on a food blog?  Oops!  Just another sign of being a mommy!)

Don't get me wrong, I love Summer more than anything, and this post is written in jest, but a baby really does change everything!  But I wouldn't trade her for the world...
Melissa's Cuisine:  Healthier Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Don't even get me started on what a baby does to your body!  Pre-pregnancy, I was in half-marathon training mode and in the greatest shape of my life.  Post-pregnancy, I don't recognize my belly.  Seriously, what happened to it?!?!

These cookies are great for new moms.  They're full of healthy ingredients: oatmeal, flax seed, fruit.  And devoid of the unhealthier stuff like butter.  They are the perfect cookie to grab for a quick snack or even breakfast in a pinch.  I substituted pureed prunes for the butter, reducing the fat in the cookies and increasing the fruit.  These cookies bake up nice and thick, and you'd never miss the butter.

The oatmeal in these cookies is great for nursing moms as oatmeal is said to help lactation.  As a nursing mom, I'm trying to keep my supply up so I can continue to nurse Summer as long as possible.  I have baby weight that I'm trying to lose, so I'm trying to watch my calories but also get the nutrients my baby and I need.  These cookies fit perfectly into my nutritional goals.

If you know a new mom, make her a batch of these cookies and pass along the recipe--she'll appreciate it more than you know!
Melissa's Cuisine:  Healthier Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Healthier Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Makes 20 cookies

5 ounces pureed prunes (2 Gerber 1st Foods Prunes containers)
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1-1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup flour
3 Tablespoons ground flax seed
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup raisins

1.  In a medium bowl, blend together the pureed prunes and brown sugar until fluffy.

2.  Beat in the egg and almond extract.

3.  Add in the oats, flour, flax seed, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and baking powder and stir until combined.

4.  Fold in the raisins.

5.  Drop cookie dough by the tablespoons onto greased cookie sheets.

6.  Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown and the centers are set.

Store in an airtight container.

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