Does the smell of warm oatmeal raisin cookies bring back fond memories of your childhood? Food often does. But you can’t be reaching for a handful of cookies and a cold milk chaser each time you feel a little down. We know where that leads!
So why is it that we reach for the cookie jar when life gets to us? Let’s reminisce for a quick second. You’d show up at Grandma’s house and smell the cookies. She’d greet you with a smile and a gentle hug. And ta-da, all the daily stress and chaos would disappear. You were a kid when life was carefree and easy. You were happy.
Happy, and living life on the constant dopamine train. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter known as the “feel-good hormone.” Over time, our lives change from happy and carefree children to more stressed and uncertain adults. We no longer get that same dopamine “hit” from visiting grandma. However, our brains still associate the cookie with the endorphin response, which shows up as a craving symptom from our dopamine deficiency.
The question then becomes: Am I really craving this oatmeal raisin cookie? Or am I trying to recreate the good ole days and get that feel-good dopamine response?
Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that Still Make Us Feel Close to the Good Ole Days
We all want to be able to reach into the cookie jar and bring back those happy memories of the past. But wouldn’t it be nice to do that without the shame and regret of our unhealthy choices? Which leads me to another question…
Can we have healthy oatmeal cookies and still get that “feel good” endorphin response?
I believe we can!
To do so, we just have to swap out a few key ingredients in most recipes! White flour and sugar are easy culprits to keeping the foods we love from reaching their “healthiest potential.” You can build a pretty healthy oatmeal cookie recipe by making just a few tweaks to your current favorite. And it’s easier than you’d think to make your oatmeal cookies healthy.
Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that Will Take You Back to Grandma’s
This healthy oatmeal cookie recipe makes it easy to swap out the raisins for other fun additions. So if your Grandma set out chocolate chip cookies, you’re in luck! These healthy oatmeal cookies are going to be your new cookie-jar staple. Plus, they’ll help you stay on track, feel satisfied, and get you out of that dopamine-deficiency slump!
How to Make Healthy Oatmeal Cookies (Raisins or Not You’ll Love These!)
4 ripe bananas
4 Scoops LEAN (this is where the magic happens! You can get your own bag of LEAN HERE!)
2 cups rolled oats
4 tablespoons peanut butter
Options: ¼ cup raisins, cacao chips, nuts, coconut
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
3. In a large mixing bowl, mash ripe bananas with a fork. The add Lean, oats and peanut butter. Mix well. Add raisins (or personal preference of mix-ins).
4. Spoon onto baking sheet. Be sure to shape the batter into cookie shape before baking (this batter will not spread during baking).
5. Bake for 12-14 minutes and then immediately cool on a rack for 5 minutes.
Set the New Healthy Oatmeal Cookies Standard in Your Family
This might not be Grandma’s recipe, but who says that can’t change? At LadyBossⓇ, we don’t just want to help the women we work with, we want to improve the health of their entire family tree!
To do that, we will help you learn how to make some easy swaps to replace more dangerous foods with healthier ones. We also are happy to share with you our recipes for healthy banana bread, mug cake, and protein brownies.
So LadyBoss here’s a new healthy oatmeal cookie recipe that will make you the famous cookie lady in your family. And you can do it all guilt-free! Take these healthy oatmeal raisin cookies to your next family event and share your experience with us.