Maple Iced Oatmeal Cookies

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Oatmeal treats can never go out of style. This Maple Iced Oatmeal Cookies recipe taste like the one you probably ate as a kid. They’re lightly spiced with nutmeg and come out of the oven thick, soft and chewy. You’ll be thanking us later because they’re the best oatmeal cookies ever. If you want to add other spices like ginger and cinnamon to give this recipe a holiday touch, you can do so. With everyday ingredients that are budget-friendly and easily available, you’ll hardly believe how easily they come together. Plus, they’re a lot healthier compared to store-bought cookies because they’re homemade. The best part other than their chewy texture is the fact that there is a delicious drizzle of maple flavored icing that is added on top of these cookies. Oatmeal is loaded with fiber and other vital nutrients like iron, Vitamin B6 and potassium. It is also low in sodium, saturated fats and sugar which makes oatmeal a wholesome carb meal. You can never think of a perfect breakfast other than a bowl of oatmeal porridge. It not only fills you up but also makes you feel energized.

Just make sure to buy pure maple syrup with no additive like corn syrup, sugar etc. Some brands in the market label themselves as “pancake” syrup which is usually caramelized sugar syrup and not maple syrup. It can be difficult when shopping for a maple syrup especially with products that brand themselves to make it look like maple syrup. Always be cautious of that and read the ingredient list at the back of the product. The nutrients found in maple syrup include protein, fat, carbohydrates, and sugars. As far as minerals go, Maple syrup has calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus sodium, potassium, and zinc. Essential vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and B6 are also found in maple syrup. Foods that have a glycemic index of 55 or under are regarded as low glycemic foods. Pure maple syrup has a glycemic index of 54 which is considerably low when compared to the glycemic index of refined white sugar which is 65 and honey which is 58. It is not advisable to eat copious amounts of maple syrup in the place of white sugar. Moderation is always to key to eating any food.

If you wish to make these beauties gluten-free, ensure to substitute the regular oats with gluten-free oats and add any gluten-free flour, almond or walnut flour in the place of a regular all-purpose flour. You can substitute shortening with butter as a healthier alternative. You can also use half and half of honey or maple syrup along with white sugar. For extra deliciousness and nutrition in this recipe, add a handful of toasted nuts to the dough. You can choose from a varied choice of nuts like pecans, almonds, Brazil nuts, macadamia, cashew nuts which are all great options. You can even add healthy seeds like sunflower, hemp, flax, or pumpkin seeds. For a natural sweetness, try adding raisins, cranberries or Goji berries in this recipe or spice powders like cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. For added nutrition, combine either cocoa, dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs or even shredded coconut into this wonderful oatmeal cookies recipe.

Thank you to Julie at the Lovely Little Kitchen recipe blog for sharing this delicious Maple Iced Oatmeal Cookies recipe with us. Do visit Julie’s blog for more recipes for easy kid friendly recipes or other tasty snack ideas. This chewy oatmeal cookies recipe from scratch has an incredibly moist and rich texture. Enjoy them with a tall glass of milk today!

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