Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

When I sit down to write, I find myself thinking and thinking about what I can share that also provides readers with useful, relevant and enjoyable information, and yet I often find myself rolling in self-doubt (and that's an entirely separate topic about insecurities!).  I often feel that the things I know much about, enjoy, and am excited to share (i.e. Yoga, being a mom, food, etc.) might not be the most interesting topics to some people, so, naturally, I'm hesitant to share.  But then I think to myself, what if the material I share inspires or helps someone in the smallest way, or even just brings a smile to their face?   Well, that would mean that if I didn't hit send, and share, I could be denying someone of that and I most certainly don't want that, as one of the things I enjoy doing as a yoga teacher, and even in life in general, is helping others!  So, I kindly ask you all to bear with me as I maneuver my way through the art of blogging and learn how to express myself, unfiltered, and outside of class in this format.  With that being said, I have a confession to make....

When I personally think of the concept of a "yoga instructor," I think 'healthy eater', 'vegan', perhaps even 'gluten free', just an overall healthy and health conscious individual.  Likewise, I feel I should be living up to this standard I've created in my mind...I KNOW it's all in my head because, let's face it, those of us who have taken yoga classes from various instructors know that they come in all shapes, sizes, facets of life  etc..  Regardless, I feel I need to improve in that arena and, likewise the last few years I have become more aware of what I'm putting into my body (needless to say, I've also experienced much more guilt when I stray from my ideals because of this, but I digress).  So when I DO find a good recipe, one that has healthier ingredients AND tastes awesome, it goes right into my recipe book (yes of course I use Pinterest (almost daily actually), but for the sake of passing down something to my children, I have an actual, physical recipe book).  And since I basically just admitted to all of you that I have a severe inner fatty, what better recipe to share than something to appease the sweet tooth.  I like this one because of the ingredients it calls for.  It just makes me feel good knowing that what I'm eating isn't that bad for me, not to mention that I was the one who prepared it, rather than being mass produced.  So, if you like oatmeal and you like cookies, give this one a whirl. I doubt you'll be disappointed!  And if you ever have a good recipe to share with me, PLEASE do - I love trying new ones out!!!

Lots of love & Namaste-
April

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour (feel free to add a tad more if you feel you need to once everything is mixed together)
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp cinnamon (I love cinnamon so I use a lot, but you can use less OR MORE! if you like)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup oil (I use corn or olive)
1/4 cup applesauce
1 TBSP molasses
1  large eggs beat with 1 tablespoon water
1 tsp vanilla extract (or more to your liking!)
Optional - 1/2 cup  raisins/walnuts/chocolate chips (whatever you want to add!)

Directions
Mix all dry ingredients together.

In large bowl, beat egg with water, then add remaining wet ingredients. (TIP- measure oil in a measuring cup before the honey, it'll prevent the honey from sticking to the cup. Awesome!!).

Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients and add optional raisins/nuts/chocolate chips.
If mixture is too wet, add more flour as needed.

Cool mix in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 335 degrees.

Drop dough into balls onto a cookie sheet (as large or small as you want, last batch I made, I got 18), and flatten a bit with your fingers/a fork (I use my fingers and with my other hand hold onto the sides of the cookie to prevent it from breaking.).

Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Cool on rack 5 minutes.

Enjoy!!!!

April Fee