Monday, June 20, 2011


I think it's safe to say that summer has finally arrived.  There is something so refreshing about long days, bright sunshine, and carefree attitudes.

I spent this past weekend in Old Forge, NY, boating, relaxing, and spending time with family.  It was so nice to bask in the sunshine and to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

If you can't escape to the Adirondacks to recharge, though, this recipe is for you.  You can thank my mom for this request (Hi Mom!).

Super Charge-Me Cookies
Adapted from
Makes 11-12 cookies

1 cup quick or old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp (rounded) sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 cup shredded coconut
1/4 –1/3 cup raisins or chopped dried fruit (I used dried cherries)
3–4 tbsp chocolate chips 
1 tsp baking powder

1/3 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
3 tbsp almond butter (or any other nut butter)
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp canola oil

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a bowl, combine oats, flour, salt, cinnamon, coconut, dried fruit, and chocolate chips; sift in baking powder and stir until well combined. 
3. In a separate bowl, combine flaxseed meal, syrup, almond butter, and vanilla and stir until well combined.  Stir in oil. Add wet mixture to dry, and stir until just well combined (do not overmix). 
4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon batter onto baking sheet and lightly flatten. 
5. Bake for 13 minutes (no longer, or they will dry out). 
6. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 1 minute, then transfer to a cooling rack.

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