Oatmeal Cream Pies

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Oatmeal treats can never go out of style but the good old Lil' Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie ones we ate as a kid are still the best oatmeal cookies ever. Here’s a genius Copycat Lil' Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies recipe for those of you who want to travel down the memory lane of childhood. These cookies taste the same and can be made at home with everyday ingredients that are budget-friendly and easily available in every household pantry. You’ll never be able to believe how soft, chewy and crumbly these oatmeal treats turn out. The marshmallow filling is sandwiched between the two cookies and makes every bite so special. Did you know that marshmallows contain practically no fat? However, they are high in carbohydrates. Back in the day, marshmallows were commonly used for medicinal purposes to treat the common cold and sore throat.

Oatmeal is a superfood because it’s loaded with fiber and other essential nutrients like iron, Vitamin B6 and potassium. Oatmeal is also low in sodium, saturated fats and sugar which makes it a healthy carb food. You can never think of a perfect breakfast than eating oatmeal and starting your day feeling energized and full for long hours. The nutrition in oats is the best excuse for baking recipes that are healthy and wholesome.

If you wish to make these beauties gluten-free, make sure 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 seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc. For a natural sweetness, try adding raisins, cranberries or Goji berries in this recipe or spice powders like cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. Add a dash of cocoa, dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs or even shredded coconut into this wonderful oatmeal cookies recipe for more nutrition.

Easy kid friendly recipes are a life saver and make for tasty snack ideas when it comes to packing kids lunch boxes. Plus, these cookies are a lot healthier compared to the real Lil' Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie ones. If you’re wondering what might be the ingredients in the real Lil' Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie cookies, there are many preservatives, food additives and artificial colours to begin with. The other ingredients are cottonseed oil, corn syrup, corn starch, palm oil, etc. The reason why these ingredients or ‘emulsifiers’ are added to packaged foods is because when food goes through high levels of processing, it needs to hold together and get the firmer texture and preserve its structure. While it’s safe to eat packaged food with emulsifiers and stabilisers in moderation, it is never ideal nor should be recommended to indulge in these foods a lot because overeating processed foods have too many side effects on our health and overall well-being. This is why it is best to eat homemade food and have healthy recipes handy that use safe ingredients and undergo zero processing.

Thanks to the website Budget101 for sharing this great Copycat Lil' Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies recipe with us. On this website, you can also read about crafts, recipes, gift ideas, DIY, frugal living, gardening and much more.

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