This post is for December 4th and that means that it's for national cookie day! To celebrate such a delicious day I am sharing two of my favorite cookie recipies to bake. I LOVE baking and having been experimenting with cookie recipes for years. I rate cookies very highly on my list of favorite birth room energy boosters, they may seem simple enough but lets not underestimate how much goodness and nutrition can be packed into a cookie. And who doesn't love a treat that can be eaten one handed! How many new mothers do you know of that lived on packs of biscuits in those early motherhood days? Myself included. I'm not recommending living off cookies of course, but a delicious home made cookie is way better than a packet of hobnobs any day. Both of these cookie recipies can be frozen for up to 6 months.
Oats cranberry and dark chocolate cookie
This cookie contains several ingedients that benefit a pregnant woman, of course they are delicious and enjoyed any time by anyone but if you need an excuse to indulge in a few here they are:
oats - Of course we know that oats are a good source of energy but they also contain dietary fiber, this helps to regulate your digestive system which is something that pregnancy often disrupts. Also oats are a wonderful source of potassium and iron.
Cranberry - Cranberries have been a commonly used pregnancy herb for hundreds of years, most often used to treat against urinary tract infections. Cranberries contain antioxidants, vitamin C, dietary fiber and potassium.
Butter - Yes that's right, butter! Fat is good for you, I know that we have been conditioned to fear fat but there is no need. We need it (in moderation as with most things) for a balanced diet and butter it is a good source of fat, essential for a healthy pregnancy and new motherhood, especially if your breastfeeding. It also contains vitamin A, D and K all good stuff!
Dark chocolate - Also full of antioxidants, dark chocolate is also high in potassium, copper, magnesium and iron, which protects against anemia, a common pregnancy complaint.
270g unsalted butter
150g caster sugar
150g light brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp bicarb of soda
130g rolled oats (steel cut preferable)
360g plain flour
110g dark chocolate ( or half the chocolate and add chopped pecan or hazlenut)
grease two baking sheets and line with baking paper. Pre heat the oven to 180 *makes 24 ish
cream the butter and sugar together then add the eggs and vanilla, mix again
Add half the oats all of the flour and blend. add the cranberries, chocolate and the rest of the oats and fold into the mixture
Taking golf ball sized pieces of the mixture roll into balls and flatten a little onto the baking sheet.
Make sure you space the cookies well apart to prevent them from merging into an infuriating mess.
Bake for 10 - 12 mins until they are golden brown. They firm up as they cool so don't base them being done on touch.
Oaty lactation cookies
These cookies are great for nursing mothers. Oats, flax and especially brewers yeast are all ingredients that promote lactation. Brewers yeast is a great source of protein, iron and b vitamins which are good for your mood.
1 cup self raising wholemeal flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tbsp ground flax. add 3 tbsp water and leave to one side
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp brewers yeast ( do not substitute this for any other kind)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 and 1/2 cup oats
Then 1/2 cup of any other ingredients such as nuts, dried fruit, ginger, dark chocolate.
line a baking tray and pre heat the oven to 180.
Cream the butter and sugar together
add the flax and vanilla and mix well
add the flour cinnamon and half of the oats, mix well
add the rest of the oats and fold in
Roll the mixture into balls and flatten slightly onto the baking sheet. Bake for around 10 mins or until coloured slightly.
Enjoy the recipes and happy cookie day. I'm off to bake!