The Best Oatmeal Cookies with Freshly Milled Flour

…simple joy by simpler living

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Soft, delicious and super healthy too! These cookies are so nutritious they can be eaten for breakfast or a healthy snack. The kids will love them and you will feel good knowing that they are not only great tasting but great for you!

Having homemade cookies in my cookie jar makes for a happy kitchen! Not only does it look pretty but is so tasty and provides an alternative to unhealthy snacks for my family. How is it healthy, you ask? By using freshly ground grains, unprocessed sweeteners and other healthy real ingredients, these are great for you. They are filled with lots of vitamins, minerals, and heart -healthy fiber.

You can make any cookie recipe healthier by substituting store bought flour with freshly milled wheat. Freshly milled grains are the most nutrient-dense food so using them in cookies actually can make them a good souce of nutrition. What better way to increase your nutrition than with delicious cookies!

I often make and even eat these with my homemade yogurt for breakfast. The freshly milled wheat fills you up with sustained energy so you are not hungry for snacks. I eat these instead of granola to mix things up. They are also great on their own with a nice cold drink!

How the Ingredients are Healthy

There are many ways to transform regular cookies into a heathy treat filled with nutrients. The trick is to substitute unhealthy ingredients. Here are the healthy ingredients used in this cookie:

  • Freshly milled soft white wheat and/or spelt: Grains that you grind yourself are chock full of nutrients. Replacing store bought flour with your own freshly ground grains changes it dramatically from a health detriment to a healing food. And if it is done right, it will taster dramatically better too! I use soft white wheat or spelt, often a combo of both. Soft white wheat does not require yeast to rise so it is used often in baked goods. This is what I primarily use. Spelt is a lighter, fluffier grain that gives an extra rise to baked goods. I like to add it to cookies so they don’t come out as flat. The pictured cookies were made with all spelt so they are extra thick.
  • Sucanat sugar: This is an unprocessed sugar high in molasses from the sugarcane plant. Because it is close to its natural state, it retains a good amount of vitamins and minerals. You gotta like a sugar that is nutritious!
  • Butter: I primarily use my “yogurt butter”, that is the top layer of fat that rises to to top of my homemade yogurt when it is done cooking. I just scrape it off and save for later. You can use any butter or margarine for cookie recipes. It is trial and error to see which ones bake better. Newer research is showing that natural animal fats are overall healthier in moderation than a lot of the “low fat” margarines that became popular in the 80s. This ingredient of butter or margarine can be personalized to individual preference.
  • Raisins: Dried fruit is “God’s Candy”. Natural sweeteness straight from the plant with lots of healthy nutrients! Raisins are high in antioxidants, and a good source of iron, potassium, copper, vitamin B6, manganese and boron.
  • Oats: Oats are well-known to contain heart-healthy soluble fiber and these cookies have a lot of oats. Oats also contain a good amount of vitamins and minerals making it a great food to improve your health!

Where to Buy Healthy Ingredients

My number one recommendation for where to buy healthy foods is Azure Standard. I love the prices, variety of food, and the organization of buying monthly in bulk. The ease of their online ordering makes it a quick and easy way to shop!

Equipment Needed

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This recipe doesn’t require any fancy equipment but I have a few favorite products below that simplify and make cooking easier. I’m all for cooking in the simplest, easiest way possible.

  • Electric Mixer: I mostly use my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer these days. It allows you to easily multitask and mix hands-free. I also have a hand-held electric mixer that used to be my full time mixer. Kitchen Aid is the only brand I recommend. After many, many breaking on me, I was told Kitchen Aid mixers have a MUCH better motor, and found it is so true. I have used these two for over 20 years on thick doughs and it has never broken. Kitchen Aid motors are really in a league of their own!
  • Cookie Scooper: This makes scooping the dough and putting it on your cookie sheet so quick and easy with no mess. It also makes each cookie the same size, if that’s important to you🙂.
  • Baking Sheet: I started using an insulated cookie sheet years ago and never turned back. Cookies never get overcooked on the bottom.
  • Silicone Spatula
  • Stainless Steel Fish Spatula: Sounds weird that it’s called a fish spatula, but trust me, it is great for cookies, eggs, and anything else on a metal pan. I bought this two years ago upon a big recommendation that it was way better than other ones. I didn’t fully believe it but needed one so bought it. Now here I am to tell you that this is the BEST spatula to use for cooking. It is actually the only one I use now so I bought two!
  • Cooling Rack: I like these better than the low ones because they cool faster by allowing air on all sides. They are used often in my house!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Scrumptious and very healthy oatmeal raisin cookies 🍪
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 Cookies
Calories 65 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Mixer with bowl
  • 1 Cookie scooper or large spoon
  • 1 Baking sheet
  • 1 Spatula
  • 1 Cooking rack

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup Butter (200 grams)
  • 1 1/4 cup Sucanat (or other sugar) (210 grams)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour (190 grams)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3 cups Oats (270 grams)
  • 1/2 cup Raisins (75 grams)

Instructions
 

  • Whip butter and sugar together with electric mixer.
  • Continue whipping while adding eggs and vanilla.
  • Mix in flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  • Add oats until well mixed.
  • Add raisins.
  • Scoop balls of dough onto baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  • Cool on rack.
  • Store for 3 days at room temperature or freeze for later.
Keyword breakfast, cookies, freshly ground wheat, heart healthy

Hope you enjoy this guilt-free treat!

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Easy Cinnamon & Maple Oatmeal

…simple joy by simpler living

Oatmeal is one of those foods that I have tried to like my whole life but just can’t get past the pasty texture.  The taste is good but the sticky, pasty way it feels in my mouth repels me. Then I discovered… steel cut oats!  FINALLY, an oatmeal that both tastes good and doesn’t repel my senses!  Another problem then became evident after I made it several times.  It is very difficult to get it just right.  More times than not it overflowed while cooking on the stove creating a huge mess that took me longer to clean up than cooking it.  So it was shelved again in my house until I discovered the EASIEST way to make steel cut breakfast oats.

Enter the Instant Pot! I resisted for years buying this appliance because I do not want it to make dinners. I would much prefer a slow cooker and do all the work and clean up early in the day and allow dinner time to be a relaxing with minimal work. But then one day a friend told me about how quick and easy some breakfasts can be in the instant pot. I was sold! Now I’ve had it for two years and use it constantly for breakfasts and yogurt making. I’m sure I’ll venture to more things later but even for these things it was worth the investment. Now back to steel cut oats in the instant pot…

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How It Is Healthy

Oats – These are high in soluble fiber and have been found to lower cholesterol.  They also contains a good amount of vitamins including:  B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.  The amino acid glutamine is also found in abundance in oats.  Glutamine is good for cerebral function, intestinal tract lining to absorb nutrients, and muscle maintenance and growth.

Zinc – This is another nutrient found in oats, Zinc is very good for our immune systems among other things. See this article for lots more information on the benefits of zinc.

Sucanat – We limit sugar on our house and use natural sugars when we sweeten things.  For this recipe I use sucanat, which is a type of cane sugar that is the least refined.  If you do not have this, you can substitute brown sugar for it or any unprocessed sugar such as cane sugar.

Maple Syrup – Using maple syrup in this recipe gives a nice rich flavor.  Real, pure maple syrup is a guiltless way to sweeten things up.  On top of being delicious, it has many positive health benefits including: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-mutagenic. It has even been shown to lower blood sugar for diabetics! This recipe is very flexible so you could use all maple syrup or another sweetener, if you want.

Cinnamon is a spice that not only tastes good but has a multitude of health benefits. It is an antioxidant helping improve heart health, decrease inflammation, and decrease blood sugar levels among other things. This recipe is a tasty way to get a dose of cinnamon on a daily basis!

Why You Will Love It

This recipe is quick and easy.  It also tastes good and the texture is always perfect!  You combine all the ingredients in less than five minutes, set the Instant Pot to cook, and come back in 20-30 minutes and it will be all done.  Simple, quick, easy.  I’ve never had an overflow, a burn, or any mess like I did when hand cooking it on the stove.  The only cleanup is the pot and lid.  If you are low on milk, you can also use half milk and half water and the oatmeal will taste just as good! Very easy recipe!

Simplifies Breakfast Time

It is also a great “make ahead breakfast”. This oatmeal tastes even better as leftovers. One batch lasts several days in my house. To make it super easy, I store in individual covered mini-bowls. For the days after my initial cooking, family members can just grab a bowl to take to school, work, or eat at home. Just reheat and enjoy!

Recipe:

Instant Pot Oatmeal

This quick and easy recipe turns out perfectly each time with no spillovers ever😀.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Warm up/Cool down 20 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Equipment

  • 1 Pressure Cooker
  • 1 Spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups milk Dairy-free works great too! I use oat milk.
  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Put all ingredients in the pressurecooker and mix with spoon.
  • Cook on HIGH pressure for 4 minutes.
  • Let it natural pressure release for 10-20 minutes (or longer if you are not ready for it), then quick release.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword breakfast, heart healthy, oats

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