Saturday, June 1, 2013

Sunflower Seed Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Have you recently been told you can't have chocolate?  What about peanut butter?  Welcome to my world!  As a baker by hobby, someone who likes to eat healthy and someone who can't eat chocolate or peanuts (two of my favorites), I'm always looking for a new recipe.  I came across this website for all sorts of recipes that substitute sunflower seed butter for peanut butter, carob chips for chocolate chips and there are even vegan and gluten free recipes on the site.  The original inspiration for the recipe I am posting below is here.  Also, you will see that I used homemade sunflower seed butter.  A recipe I will post following this one.  You can use store bought, but it is so easy and much less expensive to make it yourself (a years savings of about $150.00). 

Karin's Sunflower Seed Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Makes 4 1/2 dozen cookies

3/4 cup tub butter (I used organic)
1/2 cup homemade sunflower seed butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup 1% milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix above ingredients with a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula until well blended.

1 1/2 cups quick oatmeal
2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon

Mix the above mixture either by hand or with a wooden spoon.   Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.  Add 1 cup of raisins and mix until well incorporated.

Bake 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove cookies from oven and let cool on a baking sheet for 1 minute and then immediately move to cooling racks. 

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