Folks, this is an extra special post. Not only does it contain a delicious, healthy recipe, but it’s also dedicated to my mom.
My mom means the world to me. She’s always been there when I needed a shoulder to cry on and she’s taught me many important life lessons, as moms are known to do.
Recently, Mom has had some health problems and is currently awaiting a heart transplant. She’s had to make a major lifestyle change, and in order to aid her on the next part of the journey, I’ve decided to do something to honor her.
With Valentine’s Day and Mom’s birthday right around the corner and in the spirit of the “Charity Soup-er Bowl” over on Branny Boils Over, I am collecting heart healthy recipes. For every entry I receive, I’ll donate $1.00 to the American Heart Association.
If you’re a blogger, blog a heart healthy recipe between now and February 20th and send me an email with the link to TheJeyofCooking@gmail.com
If you’re not a blogger, you can still participate. Take a photo of your dish and send it to me along with the recipe at the same address. I’ll post a round-up of the submissions on February 22nd, Mom’s birthday. Please pass along this post to your friends.
Now onto the real reason that you’re here. The food! I found this recipe for Heart Smart Cookies while searching for heart healthy recipes to pass along to Mom. When I made them, they came out really crisp and crunchy with the texture that reminded me more of a granola bar than a cookie.
They’re stuffed full of good-for-you ingredients and are pretty darn tasty. I think Mom would really like them.
Heart-Smart Granola Bar “Cookies” – slightly adapted from Cooking Light
- 1/3 Cup Flour
- 1/3 Cup Whole-Wheat Flour
- 1 1/2 Cups Oats
- 1/4 Cup Ground Flax Seed
- 1 tsp. Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 6 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
- 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
- 1 Cup Dried Cherries, chopped
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- 1 Egg, lightly beaten
- 3 oz. Dark Chocolate, coarsely chopped
Preaheat oven to 350.
Combine flours, oats, flax, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of a mixer.
Melt butter over low heat. Remove from heat and add brown sugar. Stir until smooth. Add sugar mixture to the flour mixture and beat until well blended. Add cherries, vanilla and egg and mix again. Fold in chocolate.
Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Add dough and spread out evenly.
Bake for 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool for 3 minutes before cutting into bars.