Flower Power Sweet Potato Cookies

I know. You don’t have to say it. I’ll say it for you. All of my baked goods look unappetizing. That’s why I don’t usually post baking recipes. But this time I’m doing you a favor.

I love chocolate chip cookies as much as the next guy. Actually, I probably love them more. The truth is that people tend to get extra hungry at this time of year, particularly around three in the afternoon. And what’s available to nibble on, especially this time of year? Sweeties that taste delicious (or not but they’re there). Hello 10 extra seasonal pounds—even before winter officially kicks in!

Despite the best of intentions, I find that fruit doesn’t cut it. Neither does a handful of healthful nuts like almonds. No, what I crave is something crunchy, filling and that doesn’t scream I’m missing out on the good stuff.

It was with trepidation that I tried making a flower power inspired ‘healthy’ cookie recipe. My jeans told me that it was essential. I was pleasantly surprised, and better yet satisfied until it was time for supper. Low fat, high protein and tastes great. Try it!

Flower Power Sweet Potato Cookies

Ingredients:

  • ¾ Cup mashed sweet potato
  • ½ Cup peanut butter (I use crunchy peanut butter but other nut butters work)/
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ Cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ Cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 Cup oat flour (make your own by throwing some oats in a food processor)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

  1. Combine sweet potato, peanut butter and eggs in a large bowl. and mix well.
  2. Add vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries and stir to combine.
  3. Add oat flour and baking soda and stir.
  4. Scoop onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (8-12 cookies).
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

The one catch with this recipe is that it requires oat flour. I have searched high and low for oat flour. I can’t find it. They make flour out of things I’ve never heard of, yet there is no oat flour. Make your own by grinding oats in a food processor or coffee grinder. Make sure it grinds pretty fine and you’re all set.

 

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