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It’s not often I get in the kitchen to bake. I am more of a cook than a baker, but I definitely have spontaneous moments where I just feel like baking something. Yesterday, I had an urge to bake cookies so I threw together some simple ingredients I already had on hand and made the best little cookies I have had in a while.

I want to be able to enjoy sweets without feeling like I am doing major damage to my healthy eating lifestyle. Sugar is the one thing that is so detrimental to our diets because it is literally in everything! We consume so much more sugar than we think we are which is why it’s so important to create your own recipes and meals because you know exactly what you’re putting into your body. You will love these delicious little bites of heaven because they are chewy, crunchy, sweet (but not too sweet), and above all, made with real ingredients!

For this recipe you will need:

1 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 c. oats
1/2 c. bittersweet chocolate chips, optional
1/2 c. chopped pecans, optional
1/2 c. raisins, optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet with baking spray. Using a standing mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. One by one, add the eggs until well incorporated and then add the vanilla and almond extract; mix well.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on a low speed, add the dry ingredients into the wet until everything is mixed well. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, pecans, and raisins. Using rounded tablespoons, roll the cookie batter into balls and place 2 inches apart on the pre-greased cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges start to turn lightly brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

That’s it! So simple and so satisfying. Treat yoself! 😉

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