For some time now I have been playing around with oatmeal based cookies. They are gluten free, they typically sustain you for a longer period of time and they feel like a more appropriate breakfast "cookie" if that is the route I end up going. In addition with playing around with oats and oat flour, I have really been working to reduce the overall sugar in the sweets and snacks I have been creating. Then I did it! This cookie really hits the spot when you want something sweet, without sending your blood sugar rocketing to the moon.
I made these cookies as a way to help curve sweet cravings while still satisfying your sweet too, but also upping the nutritional value with some tiny little food stars. I have used banana as a sweetening agent in my baking for years now but it never really occurred to me to balance it out with some healthy fat, helping to slow down the speed that sugar will be hitting your system while also boosting your daily intake of healthy Omega-3 fatty acid.
Omega-3 is extremely soothing to our bodies and helps to reduce inflammation, support healthy metabolism of hormones, and I mean if we are gonna get a little vain here they also help our skin to look youthful and hydrated. So really what is not to love?
I got the Omega-3 into these cookies using hemp seeds or hearts. These seeds are not only loaded up with healthy fats (3g of omega 3 per 1 tablespoon serving of hemp hearts to be exact), they are also loaded with protein, for every 2 tbsp of hemp hearts you get 11 grams of protein, making them a great addition to most baking, any salad, your smoothies or heck as a topper on just about anything!
Alright enough talking about all the health benefits of these cookies and lets get into the baking and eating of these tasty treats.
Blueberry Hemp Heart Cookies - Makes 12 cookies
1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
3/4 cup Oat Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 cup Hemp Hearts
1 medium Ripe Banana, mashed
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil, softened
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 tbsp Corn Starch (optional)