As a dietitian I am often asked “Are cookies healthy – can I have them as a snack?” A cookie can be a snack option, especially if they are made with whole grain and flaxseeds.
What can flaxseeds do for you?
These are seeds that are more nutrient-dense than most nuts. They are a rich source of fibre, omega-3 heart healthy fats, protein, calcium and iron.
Next time you feel like having a sweet treat, try this oatmeal carrot and flaxseed cookie recipe from our dietetic intern Gauri Bawa. It’s a yummy and healthier cookie recipe that’s loaded with fibre, vitamins and minerals. This is a great opportunity to get the kids involved in the kitchen!
Oatmeal, carrot and flaxseed cookie
- 250 mL whole wheat flour
- 175 mL quick cooking rolled oats
- 125 mL ground flax seed
- 5 mL ground cinnamon
- 2 mL baking soda
- 1 large egg
- 125 mL lightly packed brown sugar
- 125 mL non-hydrogenated margarine
- 5 mL vanilla
- 250 mL grated carrots
- Preheat oven to 3500 F (1800 C). Lightly spray baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats, flaxseed, cinnamon, and baking soda.
- In a separate large bowl, beat egg, brown sugar, margarine and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the flour mixture. Stir in the carrots.
- Drop dough by heaping table spoonful’s (15mL), about 2 inches (5 cm) apart, onto prepared baking sheets.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Makes about 24 cookies
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Per 1 cookie: 100 calories, 5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans-fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 85 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 2 g protein, 20% DV vitamin A, 2% DV calcium, 2% DV Iron.