I have a new love and his name is cardamom. No, he is not an eccentric Italian painter (but what a cool name for an eccentric Italian painter, right?), he is a spice. And he is simply magical in this Cardamom Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.
When I’m hankering for something sweet, I turn to my tried and true recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.
After years of eating store-bought cookies, I have officially decided “no more!” In fact, I’m not even tempted to go down the cookie aisle in the grocery store anymore. Really, I’m not!
Fertility Feature: Meet Elana Natker of A Sprinkle Of Sage + grab her recipes for Oatmeal My Way and Spring Rolls!
This is a big world full of awesome people, and I always feel so blessed when I meet anyone in that “awesome” category. Elana is one of those awesome people. She’s a rock star dietitian and a true advocate for our profession. She’s excellent at communicating nutrition information in a practical and relatable way, and we love that. She’s also honest and human! So, Liz and I were super honored when she said she would be happy to share her infertility story (and a few recipes!) with us for our special Fertility Feature Series.
And Elana is the Real Deal! Read about all that she does here:
Elana is a nationally recognized food and nutrition expert and spokesperson with nearly two decades of experience working in communications. Prior to becoming a registered dietitian, Elana worked in public relations, eventually parlaying both skills into a career as a nutrition communications consultant. While she works with a variety of clients and issues, the cause most dear to her heart is maternal and child nutrition, from preconception to the preschools years.
And she’s been there!
Elana is a wife and mom to two fabulous kids (and one fur-baby – her dog, Buster.) She struggled with infertility with her first child and can relate firsthand to the emotional side of trying to conceive (fueled by some seriously strong hormones). She is also a resource for postpartum depression, as PPD is four times more likely for those who have received infertility hormone treatment vs. those who conceived spontaneously.
Thank you Elana. What a wonderful profession that you get to combine your love for nutrition to help others achieve the family they too, have dreamed of! We are so incredibly honored to have you join us!
Just to prove how awesome and generous she is, Elana’s also got two amazing, fertility-friendly recipes for you. Visit her over at A Sprinkle of Sage and grab the recipe for her Oatmeal My Way and Spring Rolls!
Want more? Don’t forget to head over to Liz’s site, Shaw Simple Swaps, for more features of dietitians we love.
Besides waffles, I love cookies.
I always have, and I likely always will. In fact, I’m convinced I’ll be the old lady at the nursing home hoarding cookies and scarfing them down in my rocking chair, collecting a pile of crumbs on my nylon pants. Hopefully it’ll be a nursing home with a good housekeeper. 😉
But, I digress. My point is, besides tasting awesome, there’s just something special about a good cookie. It evokes happy childhood memories and can make a day that wasn’t so great, pretty awesome. While my heart belongs to the chocolate chip cookie, I also have a big place in my heart for the oatmeal cookie. Oatmeal and chocolate is actually a favorite of mine too, go figure. But, because a certain someone in New York said she needed an oatmeal cookie recipe, I wanted to be creative and “think outside the box” with this recipe. It didn’t take long for me to come up with Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Cookies. No chocolate, but still so delicious.
Are cookies a health food?
Oh no, no they’re not. But here’s the deal. Cookies exist because of that special-ness I mentioned above. So, you must enjoy them on occasion. How can I say this as a dietitian? Well, because I am a real person. I know that we all need to treat ourselves and I know that we can do it in a way that won’t destroy all of the other good things we’ve done to nourish our bodies. So, here’s the deal. Use some whole wheat flour, get rid of some of the sugar and keep the portion small.
Now treat yourself by making and enjoying these Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Cookies!
And here, the beauty shots of my Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Cookies:
Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Cookies
A classic oatmeal cookie made with dried apples and plenty of cinnamon.
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour (75g)
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (77g)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened (I used salted butter)
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped dried apple (about 1 ounce)
- 3/4 cup rolled oats (183 grams)
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat the oven to 350’F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, whip the butter until creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the granulated sugar and the brown sugar. Blend about 1-2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined, about 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl again, then add the flour mixture. Blend on low speed until just combined. Add the apple, oats and pecans and mix until just combined.
- Drop dough by the rounded spoonful (about 20 grams per cookie) on the prepared cookie sheets, a couple of inches apart from each other. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool slightly on the pan before moving to a rack to cool.
- Makes about 30 cookies.
- Calories: 2401
- Sugar: 165
- Sodium: 1369
- Fat: 120
- Saturated Fat: 62
- Unsaturated Fat: 49
- Trans Fat: 4
- Carbohydrates: 310
- Protein: 31
- Cholesterol: 430