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Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies for ADD
Some research indicates that food additives can have a negative effect on the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder. These studies seem to show that overly processed and preserved foods can increase distractibility and hyperactivity, two negative symptoms of ADD.
Many cereals are filled with processed fiber-free flour, white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, dyes, and preservatives. These cereals often have as much sugar as candy! Vitamins are added to the cereals so that they can claim to be healthy and have nutritional benefits. Kids eat these on a daily basis for school and home breakfasts. There is little genuine nutrition in these cereals, yet parents continue to serve them to their children because they are convenient. Also, kids will eat these sweet cereals. Is there an alternative?
If you are not going to serve “candy cereal” to kids, what can you give them that is quick and easy? For that matter, what can you take as a “grab and go” breakfast for a busy adult? Try these Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies, instead. Made with natural ingredients and no preservatives, these cookies taste good, too! They are easy to make and bake!
Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
1 cup coconut oil
¼ cup butter
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
¾ cup turbinado sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
¼ cup blue agave nectar
1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup raisins or you may use craisins (dried cranberries)
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine the coconut oil and butter. Add the brown sugar and turbinado sugar until well-combined. Mix in the vanilla, cinnamon, egg, and agave nectar. Beat this mixture until it is fluffy. Mix the flour, soda, and salt. Stir them into the shortening and egg mixture until they are just mixed. Add the oats, raisins, and walnuts. Stir them in until they are combined.
If you want thicker cookies, chill the dough. Bake the dough for 9-10 minutes. For thinner and crispier cookies, bake the dough without refrigerating it. For crispier cookies the dough may be baked 11-12 minutes. Watch the cookies, so that they do not become too brown.
Place cookie dough balls that are one-inch in diameter on a light colored cookie sheet. I use aluminum cookie sheets. Do not flatten the cookie balls. Bake the cookies in the oven for the time required to make your perfect cookies
After removing the cookies from the oven, let them stand on the cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes. Then, loosen or remove them using a spatula. You may put them on wire racks or leave the loosened cookies on the cookie sheets. Let the cookies cool until you may take them off the sheets without the cookies breaking. This recipe makes about 6 dozen cookies.
With a glass of milk, some cheese or other protein, and fruit, these Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies make a delicious and nutritious breakfast. It’s not just for kids, either! Adults who are on-the-go can grab a couple of cookies, a cheese stick, and a vegetable/fruit fusion juice drink for a powerful and nutritious breakfast. Eating a healthy diet can help to manage the negative symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder.
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