Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sweet Treats and Strawberry Eats

I hope your long weekend was fabulous. Today I have one of my FAVORITE bloggers doing a guest post for me, and I know you'll love it. Kristy's blog is full of so many great recipes it makes me want to get cooking every time I look at it. She is absolutely darling too..FYI. I adore her! Thanks so much for your help today girl!! xoxoxo

Hi! I'm Kristy, from Sweet Treats and More.  I'm happy to be guest posting for Megan while she's off laying on a sunny beach (ok, actually I'm a little jealous!).  You can probably guess that I have a thing for sweet treats, and you might be expecting a super naughty dessert from me (probably something loaded with chocolate and peanut butter) but we know Megan wouldn't allow that;)  So today I'm here to share a healthy(er) cookie with you.  I think you'll love it!

You might find it surprising that I don't just eat brownies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.  Although, sometimes I want to:)   I actually try hard to eat healthy and to make healthy and wholesome meals for my family of three! We I just like to save room for a little dessert.  And, I love to bake.  

But I do really love cookies.  They are one of my favorite things to bake, and eat. A really good cookie is my weakness.  

So it's a good thing these Strawberry Almond Oatmeal Cookies are healthy!  Because they are so. dang. delicious.   I don't waste calories on mediocre cookies, so trust me when I say they're amazing. 

I have made these cookies with half whole wheat flour and half white flour and both ways work well and taste great.  I will say I prefer the half and half option, but if you want to make them even healthier, go the 100 % whole wheat flour route!

At 75 calories a pop, I don't feel so bad enjoying a cookie (or two) after dinner.

Strawberry Almond Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 28 cookies 
1/3 c butter, room temp
2/3 c brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp almond extract
2/3 c pureed strawberries  (about 6-8 large strawberries, I like to leave it a little chunky)
1/2 c wheat flour
1/2 c white flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
2 c oats

Preheat oven to 375.

1.  In a medium bowl, mix wheat flour, white flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt together.  Set aside.

2.  In another bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar until smooth.  Add egg, almond extract, and strawberries and beat until combined. 

3.  Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and mix until evenly combined.  Lastly, stir in oats (can use a wooden spoon here if you'd like).  


***The dough should be a thicker dough.  If it appears too wet, add a few more tablespoons of wheat or white flour. 

Place rounded spoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 8 minutes.  Do not over cook. 

Let cool for a couple of minutes before moving to a cooling rack.  

Thanks for having me Megan!


Stephanie said...

mmmm these look tasty! I can't wait until strawberries are in large abundance. Bring on the summer treats! :)

Rachelle Wardle said...

Yum those looks delicous. Thanks for sharing. :)

Julia said...

YUM!!! these look so delicious!

[Red Sox] Wife said...

um just copied down that heavenly recipe to make tonight!!! thanks for the recipe and guest blogger...just in time for strawberry days out here :) mmm.

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

GREAT guest post!!! These cookies look and sound perfect. Definitely a keeper.

The Smith Clan said...

Those look yummy!

Howe to Cook said...

Ah! We LOVE your blog, and when we saw that you started following ours, we were STOKED! We're not exactly health conscious, but maybe you can alter a few :) Thanks for following us!

Julie Pia said...

Oh my!!! These cookies look AMAZING. Can't wait to try them. Thank-you!

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