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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Sneak In the Good Stuff

I don't often try to disguise good foods as I want the kids to know what we are eating and that we do it because it is good for us. I want them to learn to eat grapefruit without sugar, eggs without salt, and salad with a very small amount of dressing instead of enough to ruin the entire concept of the vegetables themselves. But sometimes, switching something we love to a 'healthy' alternative is just plain disparaging. I had run into this with cookies especially. Whole-wheat, molasses sweetened, palm shortening cookies were more than anyone could tolerate. So I gave a little here and there and went with some 'better' options instead of 'best' and we were amazed at how successful we were!

Undercover Healthy Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup non-hydrogenated shortening (Spectrum)
3/4 cup turbinado sugar
1/2 cup organic white sugar (Florida Crystals)
1 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. Vanilla (Frontier)
2 eggs
1 bag chocolate chips (Enjoy Life- these are allergy free and still very yummy)
2 1/4 cups flour (Swany white wheat)
1/3 cup golden flax seed (any will do, but the gold blends in)
1 tsp. baking soda

Cream together butter and shortening. Add sugars, honey, vanilla, and eggs and beat until creamy. Sift 1 cup flour into mix (I just dump the soda into the sifter while the flour is going through). Beat for 30 seconds. Sift in remaining flour and mix by hand. Add chocolate chips and flax seeds. Roll dough about the size of a golf ball and then flatten slightly. Bake at 350* until brown. Let cool completely before trying to move or they will crumble.

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