Friday, January 20, 2012

Day 4: Oatmeal Almond Butter Cookies with Dried Cherries

A few months ago Noah and Dane saw something on the news that upset them. In today's world that could be anything. It seems like our local news is constantly reporting negative news like murders, kidnappings and robberies. My first thought when they approached me was how I was going to spin what ever they saw into something appropriate for them know.

Boy, was I shocked to find out what they were really upset about.

Noah: "Mom, did you know that Sesame Street is getting rid of Cookie Monster and replacing him with Veggie Monster???!!!"

That is when I saw Noah step onto the soap box for the first time. He went on for a good 30 minutes about how it shouldn't be Sesame Street's job to keep kids healthy. It is up to parents to teach their kids about nutrition. He also went on about how he would watch Cookie Monster every day when he was a kid (he is 11 years old) and he is not over weight. He even wrote an email expressing his concern and showing support for his favorite blue guy. 

We have since found out that Cookie was not replaced.  Now he eats more then just cookies. Cookie's diet includes fresh fruit, veggies and even oatmeal cookies which inspired me to try the recipe below.

Since the second batch of Flourless Natural Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Cookies were a distant memory, I decided to attempt another flourless recipe. I found this one on a great blog called Carrots-n-Cake. She used peanut butter, but I decided to change it up and use almond butter.

Flourless Oatmeal Almond Butter Cookies with  Dried Cherries
(adapted from Flourless Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies on Carrots-n-Cake)

1 1/4 C  Rolled Oats
1/4 C Sugar
1/4 C Almond Butter
1/2tsp Baking Powder
1 Egg Slightly Beaten
2 Tbs Butter Softened
1/4 cup of Dried Cherries

Preheat over to 350 degrees
Mix all the ingredients together except dried cherries

Place rounded teaspoons of dough on cookie sheet
Bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges of the cookies are golden brown
Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Plate and Enjoy!!!

Noah: "Not bad!"
Dane: "Wow, the cherries are really good in this cookie."
Ian: "These are not my favorite. Where is the chocolate?"
Adam: "These are fantastic!"

These cookies are not very sweet and by adding the dried cherries you will get great flavor.
Enjoy and long live Cookie Monster!!

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