13 February 2014


It was blizzard conditions outside and the roads were deep in snow. College was canceled so I did not have to teach and I had the day to myself. So I decided to bake and bake and bake. I was in a frenzy. I had not had a day like this in a long time and I wanted desperately to catch up on baking time. I made old fashioned chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin tea bread, maple oat buns and french baguettes. I had the oven going all day. But the recipe I want to share with you is my favorite, the Magic Anything Goes  Healthy Cookie. And it means that you can toss just about anything into it and it always taste good. I follow a basic recipe and then add whatever I have on hand in the house. Today I added pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, chopped walnuts, and chocolate chips. I call them magic because I can not understand how they hold themselves together when baking. I also like that it takes about five minutes to throw this delicious cookie together and I use only one bowl and one spoon besides the measuring stuff. And I drop the guilt when eating them. So go ahead indulge and enjoy.

PS   I plan on sharing these kitchen delights with my family and friends just in case you thought I was going to eat them all myself.


2 cups oats
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cup of nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, dried fruit..( mix it up to equal this amount)              
1/2 to 3/4 cup Mead's Maple Syrup I (this is the only syrup I use but it might be because we produce it)
11/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp powdered ginger
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup oil
1/2 to 1 cup milk, almond milk, soy milk or even water ( you will use only enough to to make batter firm and moist)


Mix the dry ingredients. Add the oil. Stir in enough milk to make firm and moist. Let set for 10 to 15 minutes.Using a teaspoon drop about 2 inch rounds on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper if using, otherwise lightly oil your sheet. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven until they are golden brown on top and bottom. This could take anywhere from 10 to 12 minutes.  Keep an eye on them. These make a good on the run breakfast, perhaps minus the chocolate chips.

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