Food

Cookie season is here!

Autumn is already in full swing and cold weather is already reminding us that it’s not summer anymore. Teas, cookies, blankets and candles are essentials for living through this cold and rainy time making it somehow cozy.

Usually the problem is that no matter how much we’d love to eat a whole box in one sitting, we know that it won’t do good neither for our stomach nor for our weight.

Finding at least a bit healthier option helps us to go through rainy autumn days and feel less guilty about eating a food that is so comforting to us.

That’s why putting oats instead of flour in it is an improvement that is not so difficult to make. Let’s see the difference!

Oats

  • Calories: 389
  • Carbohydrates: 66.3 g
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Protein: 16.9 g
  • Fat: 6.9 g
  • Fiber: 10.6 g

Wheat flour

  • Calories: 341
  • Carbohydrates: 68 g
  • Sugar: 1.4 g
  • Protein: 11.5 g
  • Fat: 1.7 g
  • Fiber: 3.9 g

So when looking over the numbers we can see that oats have less calories (not a big difference but still less :D). Carbohydrate numbers also not much but around 2g lower. The biggest difference is protein and fiber amounts. I think the bigger plus is not intaking a little bit less calories or carbs but getting more nutrients that can help for our digestion or overall health.

Here is the comparison of rolled oats and simple white flour. If we’d use whole grain instead, it’s whole another story BUT it is also a better option than simple white ones.

So now as we see why it would be a good change here is a simple recipe that I used (the main plus for me was that it took me like 5 minutes to prepare and in another 10 minutes I was able to eat it).

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (if possible add less or for ex: use some maple syrup instead)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp of melted butter
  • 2-3 tbsp of milk (I use water it’s also okay, but it’s more tasteful with milk)

Mix oats, baking soda, salt and sugar in a blender, food processor or other device that you have and blend it all together until it becomes like flour. Then add the rest of ingredients. Depends on oats, sometimes only 2 spoons are enough. Then form the cookies and lay them on the tray. Cook for 5-10 min. on 180 degrees. Check so they don’t burn. I bake it for 5min. and then leave them for at least 10min. to cool down. That way they are more “gooey” than baking it for longer.

Enjoy!

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