RECIPE: Healthy, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies/Bars

Who doesn’t love a Chocolate Chip cookie?  and who doesn’t like options?
These “Cookies” can be baked or raw, cookies or bars, and can have dried fruit or chocolate chips, both or neither!
1/2 c rolled oats
1/2 c sunflower seeds (raw or salted)
7-8 medjool dates (pitted)
2 Tbsp organic coconut oil
4 dashes of cinnamon
1/4-1/2 c dark chocolate chips (optional)
1/4 c chopped dried cranberries (optional)
pinch of salt if seeds aren’t salted (optional)
Optional Glaze: of maple syrup and olive oil

In a food processor combine oats, seeds, dates, cinnamon and coconut oil until well-mixed.  If desired, add chocolate chips, cranberries.  You can stop there, make bite-sized balls or bars of yummy healthy treats!
OR if you choose to bake these little ladies, consider glazing with equal parts maple syrup and olive oil, place on to a greased cookie sheet (I grease mine with coconut oil) and pop them in to a pre-heated oven, 375, middle rack, for 15-20 minutes.
 Your house will smell amazing after cooking these healthy treats.  If you are going for the chocolate chip dessert option, I like to melt dark chocolate chips and drizzle over the cookies. Let cool in the freezer and enjoy!

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

2 thoughts on “RECIPE: Healthy, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies/Bars

  1. Wow! Do the dates hold them together that much? No syrup IN the dough–right? We’ve omitted oatmeal for quite a long time, and I’ve wanted to reintroduce it to see how we do with it. (It didn’t matter if they were gluten-free oats or not, a couple of us still had issues with them.) This looks like a great treat! I’ll be back if we try them.

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