Let's Talk About Snacks, and a New Recipe Too!


Hi my name is Delia and I think I'm addicted to dessert. There I said it. I have dessert almost every day and sometimes twice a day. And do you know what? I don't feel guilty about it. You see, most people... ahem, most women deny themselves dessert all week and then when they finally give in to dessert, they binge on half a box of Oreos. (Yes, I have done this before.) If I were to deny myself dessert all week, I guarantee by Friday night I would be hoarding the ice cream. 

Instead of being caught red handed with the freezer door open and a spoon in my hand, I prefer to treat myself throughout the week. I usually keep a bar of Trader Joe's dark chocolate on hand (the only chocolate I can find that doesn't contain soy lecithin) as well as a batch of homemade cookies.  I allow myself a small portion everyday. It's a huge motivator to finish all my greens at dinner when I know something ooey gooey and delicious is waiting for me!

I am very excited to share this new cookie recipe with you! If I haven't said it before then I will say it now,  I am not a very big fan of giving kids packaged snack foods such as goldfish crackers and pretzels. I know far too many parents who complain that their kids never finish their lunch or dinner, but then I watch them stuff their little faces with pretzels all day. Now, I don't want to sound harsh by saying these foods are bad, but I do want to make it clear that these sorts of snacks are devoid of much nutritional value. No fiber, no healthy fats, no real vitamins or minerals, no protein.  When I feed Sophia snacks between meals, I try to be very proactive about feeding her things that are very nutrient dense. I think of snack time as an extra opportunity for a little more fiber, a little more protein, a little more fruit, a little more of something nourishing. Something that I made in my own kitchen with my own ingredients. 

If you are in a snack rut with your little ones, I sincerely hope this recipe will encourage you. These cookies get a nutritional A+ from me. Bursting with fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, protein, and potassium, these are good enough to accompany breakfast or an after school snack. Enjoy!

Chocolate Omega Cookies
makes 1 dozen

2 very ripe bananas
1 cup oats(organic)
1 cup whole wheat flour(organic)
1/4 cup sucanat cane sugar
1/2 cup chia seeds*
1/2 cup chocolate chips(organic)
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup softened butter(organic)
1 egg (organic)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Using food processor, blend oats into a smooth flour; set aside. Using a hand mixer, mix butter, banana, and egg until smooth. Add oats and flour to mixture. Continue mixing; add sugar, salt, baking powder. Lastly, add the coconut, chia seeds, and chocolate chips. Drop spoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake for 12-13 minutes. Allow to cool before trying to remove them from pan.
*substitute finely chopped walnuts if you desire

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