Organic butterscotch (or chewy fruit) oatmeal cookies

Many of you have been looking for a sweet tooth fix on your cheat day, so here’s a healthy-ish option to try out! (Sorry, these aren’t sugarless. There is about 8 grams of sugar per cookie. Double that if you use the butterscotch chips.) They DO have plenty of fiber and omega fats! Tip: for guilt-free cookies, get organic coconut sugar!
These aren’t paleo, but you can get gluten free oats from any grocery store, for those of you worried about oatmeal/gluten.
The butterscotch is made from scratch, so no hydrogenated oils!

Homemade Organic Butterscotch Chips

1/2 cup organic (raw if you can find it) butter
1/2 cup organic raw coconut oil
1 cup organic brown sugar (or better yet, organic coconut sugar. Madhava makes some you can find at Earthfare)
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

In a saucepan, melt together butter, coconut oil and brown sugar. Stir continually until all ingredients are mixed well, bringing the mixture ALMOST to a boil, then turning down the heat. Cook and stir some more on low heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is a liquid.

Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in vanilla extract. Pour the contents onto a parchment paper lined container. I used a pyrex 2 quart rectangle dish.

Place the dish into the fridge for 3-4 hours to allow the mixture to solidify. Cut or break the butterscotch into small “chips”.

Store them in an air tight container in the fridge.

Oatmeal cookies

If you like oatmeal with some spice you could easily add a little cinnamon and nutmeg to your liking.

2 cups organic whole wheat flour
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1 t baking soda
1 t sea salt
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t cardamom
1/2 cup (1 stick) organic butter – room temperature
1/2 cup organic brown sugar
2 organic eggs
1/2 cup raw local honey (or brown rice syrup if you prefer)
1 t vanilla extract
3 cups old fashioned organic oats (Bob’s makes certified gluten free oats)
1⁄4 cup organic applesauce (no sugar added)

Fruit>butterscotch option:
In lieu of butterscotch, add 1.5 cups organic shredded coconut
1 small organic apple, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup Cranberries or raisins
1/2 cup chopped dates or apricots

INSTRUCTIONS
Stir together dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda and spices).
In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars. Add in honey, eggs and vanilla. Slowly add in dry mixture and beat together. Stir in oats, applesauce, coconut, and fruit (or butterscotch chips)
Drop spoonfuls onto baking sheet.
Bake 12-14 minutes at 350.
Makes 2 dozen

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