A fact of life with kids and school these days – Snack Must Be Provided For Snack Time.
Week after week I have to find a snack that the kids will eat but which is not nasty like cheezits or chips or other sorts of candy.
Sometimes they go in with cheese, other times homemade saltines, some times homemade bread.
The little ones had half a day today and were quite adamant about wanting cookies so I decided to make some cookies that I would not feel guilty (well not TOO guilty) about letting them eat. These will also last for a few days as snacks.
I ground my own whole wheat flour for this recipe. It would be better for us if the berries had been pre-sprouted (like you see in this post – Making Sprouted Whole Wheat Flour) but I went ahead with unsprouted ones. Sprouting substantially inactivated phytic acid in the flour.
Ok, without further delay, please enjoy these healthy snacks!
Crunchy Hippy Fresh Ground Whole Wheat Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup white granular sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (Freshly ground from fresh whole wheat berries)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 cup semi-sweet bakers chocolate, broken/shaved into chunks
- 1 cup dried cranberries
Set oven to 375 F
Using your wheat grinder or a dry jar on your Vita-Mix, grind your wheat berries until well ground, measure 1 cup and put into bowl. Next, grind 1 1/4 c oats, put in with ground wheat. Mix in baking powder, baking soda, salt, add dried cranberries.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, put butter, and white and brown sugar. Cream until fluffy. (2-3 mins?) Add 1 egg and your vanilla, mix well.
Sift in the dry ingredients slowly. Add chocolate shavings.
Form golf ball sized dough balls with your hands.
Put on greased parchment on cookie sheets.
Bake your first batch about 15 minutes. If you want them wetter, cook next batch less, crispier cook them longer.
[This recipe was inspired by this one but added quite a lot more crunchy hippy cred *winks*)