No cows were harmed in the making of these cookies; however, cranberries, oranges and walnuts were chopped, squeezed and baked at fatal temperatures to make the perfect on the go breakfast or mid-day snack.
Why these are so great:
– Cranberries have unusual proanthocyanidins (PACs) that protect the cardiovascular system from UCIs and stomach ulcers. They are more effective in it’s natural form than as a juice or supplement so sneaking them into your baking is a great way to get your cran on!
– Oranges have a ton of things going for them: fiber, pectin – great for your colon and blood cholesterol, vitamin C – a strong antioxidant, vitamin A – this covers your mucus membranes (yum), skin and vision as well as being a good source of calcium and potassium for lowering heart rate and blood pressure.
– Walnuts have more popyphenolic antioxidants than any other edible nut! They are also a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids that help lower ‘bad cholesterol’ preventing coronary artery disease and strokes as well as breast, colon and prostate cancers. The vitamin E will help your skin while your body soaks up the B vitamins, manganese, copper, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc. Tell your boy that zinc is a key factor for regulating the growth and development of their sperm generation and these cookies won’t last until tomorrow!
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1 cup plus 3 tbsp. organic sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup light vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla
→ 1 tbsp. freshly grated orange zest
→ 3 tbsp. orange juice
1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup of sugar, applesauce, oil, vanilla, orange zest and juice until smooth.
3. Make a well in t he dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix until well blended.
4. Stir in the oats, chopped cranberries and walnuts.
5. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for about 30 minutes.
6. Preheat oven to 350°F.
7. Make balls about 1 1/2″ in diameter and press them into a lightly greased baking sheet.
TIP: Make the perfect cookie without buying a cookie cutter! Pick a cup that has an opening the size you want and use it to cut your cookies into a perfect shape for a professional look. For these I always use a wide mouthed cup for a big hearty cookie.
8. Sprinkle the top of the cookies with some sugar and gently press it into the dough
9. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until barely golden brown
10. Cool until you can enjoy with burning yourself!