Cowboy Cookies

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These are the kind of cookies I like best. They are full of texture and contain plenty of different and complementary flavors from the ingredients that are added in to the recipe. So try these robust and filling cowboy cookies and see what you and your family think of them. I am going to bet they will be a smash hit, for several reasons. These Cowboy Cookies blend nuts, coconut flakes, chocolate and cinnamon with the always lovely flavor of oats added in to the mixture. Yum. What a great blend of taste and texture. And these cookies are good enough in terms of their nutrition to be set out at breakfast so the kids can fill their pockets with them for snacks at school. And you can be happy to see them take them, knowing what a great nutritional boost you are providing them in these sweet cookies. And sweet for breakfast is not necessarily a bad thing. Research shows that when people hit something sweet in the morning it helps to control and allay cravings for sweets later on in the day. And that is a good thing, especially if you are trying to watch your weight, or if you really do not want to feed your kids some thing sweet before dinner.

This recipe includes oats, which are a wonderful source of fiber. As well, oats slow down the absorption of sugars in to the blood stream, and so are always great to add in to desserts for that reason. There are pecans added to this recipe, as well, which serve much the same purpose as the oats in terms of sugar absorption. As a nut, pecans also offer plenty of cholesterol lowering good fats, loads of protein, and plenty of vitamins and minerals. People who include nuts as a regular part of their diet get improved fiber, more magnesium and calcium in to their diet than other people who do not include nuts as part of a healthy eating plan.

Coconut is still a somewhat controversial food where pundits debate coconut oils healthful attributes because of its high saturated fat content. Foods such as nuts are high in monounsaturated fats, the good fats, but the type of fat contained in coconut has historically been considered a bad fat, and one to avoid. In coconut, however, the fat is chemically somewhat differently configured. On the basis of the way the fat is built (so to speak) in coconut, it may be a good food to eat. Regardless, coconut is a good source of fiber and manganese as well as being low in cholesterol as well as sodium.

This recipe does not even have as much sugar as you might expect in a cookie. In part, that is thanks to the other ingredients such as the oats, nuts, chocolate chips, and coconut that offer natural sweetness and so do not require a lot of sugar. So that can make you feel even better about offering this cookie as a breakfast alternative. Altogether, this cookie is a satisfying and filling snack that has lots of good nutrition and that you can feel good about feeding to your kids. Enjoy some soon.

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