I was inspired to make this recipe because I was looking for a gluten-free, high-protein and high-fiber variety and I wanted to experiment by making something nut-free.
In the recent months, I’ve been working with brands with Athleta, Sweaty Betty, etc and as a dietitian and fitness professional, I like to offer healthy *guiltless* treats to attendees of these events so that they have snack options pre or post-workout.
Snacking is a big reason as to why many people don’t end up losing the weight that they want. In fact, most people don’t adhere to a healthy nutrition practices because they think if they’re working out, that’ll be enough. In actuality, nutrition plays a greater role than fitness and has long-term impact on lifestyle and health. With snacks, there are so many hidden ingredients in the retail products available to us that it could get confusing. While not everyone has the luxury to bake or prepare their own treats, that’s why dietitians like myself are here.
Check out this easy, tasty, nutritious recipe for the whole family!
1 cup oat flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free)
1 cup sunflower butter (I use SunButter)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon fine sea or kosher salt
1 large egg
2 tablespoons expeller or cold pressed canola oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup Made in Nature Berry Blend dried fruit
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix together the sunflower butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Add the oat flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix thoroughly. Add the egg, oil, and vanilla extract, and stir until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Using a spoon, scoop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the cookies begin to firm, the tops look dry, and the bottoms are golden. Remove and allow to cool and become firm before moving them.