Gingerbread Oatmeal Cookies & Tips for Navigating Sweets During Holidays
December is here, which in my books equals cookie season (as well as Christmas movie & music, blanket & sweater, and hot drink season…). I love Christmas cookies- sugar cookies, gingerbread, shortbread, cocoa, you name it and I probably love it!
I wrote a post on Instagram the other day, detailing my tips for being in a situation like this, but I also wanted to put them up on the blog so people can return to them if need be:
Check in with yourself: Are you really in the mood for a cookie, or did you find yourself craving them just because you are surrounded by the treat?
Let yourself sample! Just because you take something doesn’t mean you have to finish it. One of my biggest triggers used to be finishing all the food I took- I felt guilty wasting anything. But I’ve learned that it’s okay to not finish every bite. Of course I don’t mean you should be wasteful- you can always go back for seconds! - but when it is a single treat as opposed to a complete meal, don’t feel like you have to finish all of it. Another option is to get a few different treats and share them amongst your friends! That way you get to try them all.
If you are baking at home, consider using alternative ingredients. For example, think whole wheat flour for white, coconut sugar for cane, Greek yogurt or coconut oil for butter, etc. None of this is to say you can’t enjoy original recipes of course, but most of the time the tastes are seamless between the two versions.
A lot of the time, I feel pressure to try things guests or family bring. I always forget that I can politely decline. A simple, “No thank you, I am finished,” is fine.
Forgive yourself :) We all eat more than we need to at times, and that is totally ok! The most important thing is that you enjoy yourself and enjoy the moments.
Now that I have shared some tips, what kind of cookie post would this be if I didn’t include a Christmas cookie recipe? You’ll notice that this recipe includes quite a few of those alternative ingredients I mentioned above… this is by no means because I think these are “better” for you, but because when I bake at home I always try to make treats that will sit better in my stomach. And if I am craving a specific baked good, I will go out and get myself one from a bakery nearby :)
Gingerbread Oatmeal Cookies
Okay these cookies are loaded with some of the yummiest products on the market. And they were modelled after Kale Junkie’s Life Changing Cookies (which are BOMB- try em please).
1 1/3 cup oat flour (gf if necessary)
½ cup pure maple syrup
1 cup Kween granola butter (or any kind of nut butter)
1 tsp baking soda
Little Secrets gingerbread dark chocolate chips (or any dark chocolate, peppermint chocolate, etc.)
Mix the flour, syrup, and butter in a mixing bowl. Place in the fridge for thirty minutes. Preheat the oven to 350. Once the bowl has been in for thirty, remove and mix in the egg and baking soda. Make sure to mix very well, so the egg is fully incorporated! Line a baking pan or 2 with parchment or a silicone slip. Scoop out the cookies- you should be able to make 16-18. Take the chocolate pieces and press them into the tips of every cookie.
Place the sheets in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, taking out when they look a tad underdone. Let sit for a minute and then enjoy!