I love discovering recipes for healthy sweet treats that taste like cookies, that are really super-charged bundles of energy in disguise. So when my friend and fellow nutrition student, Sarah, sent me this recipe she had created, I was super excited. Sarah is a healthy, hardcore, co-ed-soccer-playing mom of (soon to be) four feisty children. In her house, snacks have to pack some serious punch. And that is exactly what these almond chia seed energy cookies do.
These ‘cookies’ are ridiculously healthy little suckers. Despite containing no butter, eggs, flour, or refined sugars, they still manage to look, smell, and taste like a delicious cookie. And because they are made with chia and flax seeds, they are full of omega-3 fatty acids, helping to reduce inflammation in the body. Plus, the almond butter and oats contain lots of good-quality protein, making these an excellent snack.
- 1 cup oats
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup flax seeds
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ⅓ cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Put the oats, chia seeds, and flax seeds in a blender and pulse until mostly ground and uniform.
- Pour the dry mixture into a mixing bowl along with the almond butter, cinnamon, maple syrup, and raisins. Mix until well combined. If the ingredients do not stick together, add a dash of water.
- Roll approximately 1 tbsp of mixture at a time into a ball and place on a parchment lined baking tray (I recommend keeping your hands slightly wet as you do this to prevent the mixture from sticking to you).
- Flatten the balls with the underside of a glass to create rounded, slightly flattened cookies.
- Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.