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Chocolate and Chia Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are moist, rich in flavor, and full of good things like oats, chia seeds, chocolate chips, cinnamon and vanilla.  They somehow bridge that gap between healthy and luxurious, and they always disappear quickly at my house.

The weather has definitely turned in the past few days, and it feels more and more like fall and less and less like a lingering summer.  The blustery wind is blowing leaves off the trees, and the trees themselves are becoming so colorful, seemingly overnight.  The sunsets have been stunning and dramatic lately, and they are occurring earlier and earlier.  Now I get to watch the sunsets as I am walking with my soccer-mom walking buddies, and our kids end up practicing soccer in the twilight, not stopping until dark.  Last night’s sky was especially dramatic, with windswept clouds turning from gray to dark orange, making the colorful leaves look even more vibrant in the glowing light.  There is something cozy about spending time with friends outside in the dark, while our kids run and chase and laugh.

oatmeal cookies with chips 7Chilly days and nights call for jackets, hats, gloves, and cookies!  This cookie recipe is a favorite of mine, because the cookies turn out so delicious, and there are some healthy ingredients in there too.  It is based on a recipe I found on the inside of the lid to my Quaker oats container, though I have made a few changes, including adding chia seeds and chocolate chips.  I have noticed an improvement in the taste and texture of my baked goods since I have been using butter from grass-fed cows (I have mentioned this before), and the nutritional value of such butter is improved.  The oat and whole wheat flour provide fiber, vitamins and minerals, while the chia seeds contain vitamins and minerals, protein, antioxidants, and Omega-3 (good) fatty acids.

oatmeal cookies with flowers 3Just like with everyone, there is a lot going on right now, a lot of balls in the air, so to speak, and sometimes I find myself worrying about things I cannot control.  Although I know I am not supposed to do that, sometimes I do it before I realize I am doing it.  That’s when it’s important to be aware of my thoughts, take a step back, and get some perspective.  We all have different ways of gaining perspective.  For me it helps to go outside and exercise, bake, talk to a trusted person, or read.  And this dramatic weather is really something that can make a person feel emotional. It is sometimes essential to just drop everything and get out into the gorgeous autumn and be in the present moment.  There is nothing like the present moment to give a person some healthy perspective.    red mapleI always turn to one of my favorite poems at this time of year to put this feeling into words, and I know I shared this excerpt last year in October.  But I will share it once again, because I love it so much, and it is so fitting right now.  It is the third stanza of “A Vagabond Song” by Bliss Carman:  “There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir;/We must rise and follow her,/ when from every hill of flame/ she calls and calls each vagabond by name.”  I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and that you get a chance to get out and experience the beauty of October, along with the comforts of warm cookies and a cup of your favorite drink.oatmeal cookes with flowers and chipsoatmeal cookies with flowers and chips overviewI am sharing this recipe over at Angie’s Fiesta Friday, co-hosted this week by Effie at Food Daydreaming and Lindy at Lindy Mechefske.

Oatmeal Cookies With Chocolate and Chia

  • Servings: about 4 dozen cookies
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) plus 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour (you can also use whole wheat pastry flour if you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 3 cups of old fashioned rolled oats, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large mixing bowl, mix (I like to mix them by hand, but you can use an electric mixer if you like) the butter and the sugars until smooth and creamy.  Add the eggs and vanilla and stir vigorously, until well-combined.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the flours, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and chia seeds.

Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the butter mixture.  Stir until well-combined.  Then stir in the oats.  Mix again until the oats are incorporated.  Stir in the chocolate chips, until well-combined.

Drop the dough by rounded spoonfuls onto baking sheets.  Bake in your 350-degree oven for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.  Let them cool 1-2 minutes on the baking sheet before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.  Once cool, store them tightly covered.  Enjoy!

13 Comments

  1. Kaila

    Love the leaves on the tree! Such a beautiful view. <3 Your oatmeal cookies look delicious as well. These are the cookies I'd like to enjoy while warming up by the fireplace on a cool day. Happy FF, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Kaila! I appreciate your comment, and I hope you have a great weekend too. 🙂

  2. Marina Maier

    What a lovely post, gorgeous pictures and wonderful recipe Jenny!!

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Marina! I somehow was able to get some photos that my dear dog did not photobomb. 🙂

  3. skd

    Lovely delicious cookies Jenny. Would love to try them!!

    • Jenny

      Thank you skd–I would love to give you a plate of these cookies. Have a great weekend!

      • skd

        Aww..thats so kind of you. Have a wonderful weekend too ?

  4. Amanda | What's Cooking

    What a beautiful post and such a lovely poem. I feel like I could have written the part about worrying about things out of your control and also appreciating the present and the beauty of the season. I completely relate to this whole post. The cookies look perfect! This is my favorite type of cookie. Brown sugar, oats, spice. Perfection. I do the same to appreciate the moment, read poetry, work out, bake and try to stay present. And in your case you find joy in your children. All the best to you. xo

    • Jenny

      Thank you Amanda, for such a lovely comment. You are right, children are great for bringing one into the present moment. We adults have so much to learn from them. 🙂 Hope you are having a wonderful weekend and enjoying some crisp fall air! 🙂

  5. Food Daydreaming

    I love chocolate oatmeal cookies, but I’ve yet to have them with chia seeds, so thank you for sharing your recipe! Happy FF#90

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Effie. The chia seeds are hardly noticeable, though they do add some nutrition! Thank you for co-hosting Fiesta Friday!

  6. Natalie

    I don’t have whole wheat flour.can I use all purpose?

    • Jenny

      Yes, all purpose flour would work well too. Hope you enjoy the cookies if you make them. ?

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