Rainy Day Fun

With the gloomy wet weather this week we've been looking for things to do indoors. We renewed our interest in baking with this quick and easy recipe for Maple-Oat Cookies and thought we'd share it with the community. Cooking is a fun activity for kids and it's great to do on a lazy rainy day when you can go at their pace and enjoy the experience (and the mess), as opposed to rushing to get dinner ready before everyone melts.

Maple-Oat Cookies Makes about 30 cookies Toasting the oats adds great flavor to these simple oat cookies, sweetened with maple syrup and flavored with warm spices.

Ingredients 2 cups rolled oats 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons spelt flour 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup canola or high-heat sunflower oil 1/2 cup pure maple syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Method Preheat oven to 350°F. Place oats in a medium saucepan and toast over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until oats are slightly golden and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, maple syrup and vanilla until combined. Add maple mixture to oat mixture and stir to combine completely. The dough will be warm. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Gently flatten dough with wet fingers and bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack, then store them in an airtight container.

Nutrition Per serving (1 each): 80 calories (35 from fat), 4g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 10g total carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 3g sugar), 1g protein Recipe from Whole Foods Market