Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Dark-Chocolate Cranberries

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This Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Dark-Chocolate Cranberries recipe is everything you want in a cookie. There is dark chocolate, cranberries coated with chocolate, and oatmeal. A few wholesome ingredients make this recipe a lot healthier than most recipes. You’ll also notice that this recipe also make the most chewy chocolate cookies you’ll ever eat. That is because the coconut oil adds to the moistness and makes the cookie dough uber soft. Coconut oil is a superfood and has a unique combination of fatty acids that can have positive effects on health. Coconut oil is cholesterol-free, low in sodium and contains no sugar. However, the one thing that always gets conveniently overlooked is the fact that it is very high in saturated fats. Saturated fats are essential fats, but moderation is always the key for saturated fats. As a healthy option, you can substitute the sugar with coconut palm sugar and use gluten-free oat flour in the place of regular oat flour.

Baking cookies is science but more than that there are other factors like how the ingredients are measured, their temperature, freshness and the most important of all the different oven temperatures. However, with some tips, you can bake the kind of cookies you get at the store. Always use room temperature ingredients such as dairy and eggs. For example, eggs whisk much better when they are warm at room temperature rather than straight from the fridge. It is a better idea to chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or so. Always bake cookies on a parchment paper. The best way to judge if the cookies are done is when the center is still gooey and not solid. The cookies will keep baking even after you remove from the oven and the center will firm up once cooled.

Oatmeal is a superfood because it has the right carbohydrates your body needs and it has the natural ability to lower the cholesterol rate in the body. It is full of fiber and keeps you feeling full for a longer time and subsides the cravings. It is also low in saturated fats with zero cholesterol, sodium and sugar which is why it makes for a perfect breakfast option. You can also add any other whole-grains like quinoa or puffed brown rice to this recipe along with oats. Add your choice of veggies like grated carrots or zucchini, any seasonal or even frozen fruit to the cookies to fill up the nutrition even more. You can also add your favourite spices like cinnamon or nutmeg or even pumpkin pie spice for their anti-oxidant properties. It’s best to stick to using dark chocolate chips with at least seventy percent or more cacao in them to maximize the benefits of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is a good source of antioxidants that fight free radicals to some extent that cause cancer and other illnesses. Additionally, dark chocolate has iron and magnesium that help fight low energy levels and combats lethargic feeling. To this recipe, you can add different types of nuts like pecans, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews or seeds like sunflower seeds, hemp, chia or pumpkin seeds, etc.

Thank you to Chelsea at the Chelseas Messy Apron recipe blog for sharing this delicious Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Dark-Chocolate Cranberries recipe with us. Do visit Chelsea’s blog for more recipes for easy homemade cookies or other fun and easy baking recipes from scratch. This Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe makes the best chewy chocolate cookies from scratch with incredibly moist and rich texture. Enjoy these delicious cookies with a tall glass of milk today!

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