I am all for cookies that carry a big nutrient punch and supply my kids with lasting energy. The exciting thing about creating your own treats from simple recipes at home is that you can customize what your kiddos need!!
Mine need a gluten-free snack that is packed full of energy with a little extra fiber. The cookies are sweetened only with fruit, so it is not overly stimulating. I hope that you enjoy this simple recipe with your family!
A note on ingredients: remember quality matters! Choose organic rolled oats and organic mixed frozen berries as they are two crops that are heavily sprayed with pesticides. According to a recent article posted by the Environmental Working Group, glyphosate (an herbicide linked to cancer by the World Health Organization) was found in all but two of 45 samples of conventionally grown oats.
This is highly troubling as glyphosate is known to disrupt gut health. We want to do all that we can to preserve gut health and promote a healthy environment to feed and promote beneficial bacteria.
Glyphosate is also found in frozen berries. Although there are claims that fruits and vegetables that are grown with the intention of being frozen or dried contain less pesticide, it is still present.
Dig into the links above to learn more about how you can minimize your children’s exposure to this prevalent environmental toxin.
Mixed Berry Jam with Chia Seeds and Collagen
Putting it together:
In a medium pot stir together the mixed berries and fruit juice. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook for 6 minutes, until all of the berries have softened and released their liquid.
Reduce the heat to medium and carefully mash the berries with a potato masher until you have broken up most of the berries. Add the chia seeds and stir until combined. Sprinkle in the gelatin and stir until combined. Simmer over low-medium heat for another 12 minutes until some of the liquid has cooked off and the mixture has thickened a bit.
Transfer the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate until cool, at least a couple hours. OR, use the quick cool method and pop in the freezer for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Use the jam for up to 2 weeks out of the refrigerator or freeze for up to 2 months.
Oat Flour Cookies with Quinoa and Collagen
2 cups organic gluten free rolled oats 1/4 cup uncooked organic quinoa 1/4 cup coconut flour 3 Tbsp chia seeds 2 Tbsp Great Lakes gelatin 1 cup mashed banana 2 large pastured eggs 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp real salt 24 tsp mixed berry jam with chia seeds
Putting it together:
Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
Grind the oats into a fine powder using a high speed blender or food processor. Combine the oats, quinoa, coconut flour, chia seeds and gelatin in a large bowl and stir well to combine.
Add the mashed banana and eggs. to the dry ingredients and stir in the cinnamon and real salt.
The batter will be very thick. Using a small cookie scoop, place about a tablespoon of batter on the prepared baking sheet. Flatten the cookie gently then make a small well in the center and fill it with mixed berry jam.
Bake at 350F for 15-18 minutes until the cookies begin tho brown slightly.
Cool completely. You may store them in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or the freezer for two months!