Rants, Rules & Recipes

An Effort to End Nutritional Ignorance

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!
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INGREDIENTS:
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!
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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.
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 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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2 comments on “RECIPE: Healthy, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies/Bars

  1. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    December 2, 2014

    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.

  2. rantsrulesandrecipes
    December 3, 2014

    Yeah they can be a tad crumbly once they are cooked (I’ve sprinkled them over fruit or ice cream) so I tend to do the raw version —one less step and easier clean up that way too!

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