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Getting Your Family Healthy - Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

It's great to be doing everything you can to work on your own health, but of course the very next thing you want to do is get your family and loved ones on the same journey.  But as we all know, this is much easier said than done!  One of the best things you can do is figure out a way to recreate your loved ones' favorite foods in the healthiest way possible and make sure they still taste just as good.  Also easier said than done, but not really that hard! You just have to be clever, creative, or at least just be good at searching for recipes online!

My Dad is absolutely awesome and already eating a pretty healthy diet with good amounts of organic raw foods and fresh vegetable juice.  But he definitely still has his guilty pleasures...  One of the biggest ones that we always joke with him about is his great love for oatmeal cookies.  So last week for his birthday, I decided to make him a big batch of xylitol sweetened gluten-free oatmeal cookies!  As a side note, I wouldn't normally eat oats or raisins too often- too much of a blood sugar effect for me- but I'm sure you'll understand that these cookies are a tremendous upgrade on what he was eating previously.  Plus oats have some great benefits for hormone health. And now for the rest of his life he can have his oatmeal cookie cake and eat it too!  

Give this recipe a try, it came out amazing!  To give credit where credit is due, this is a modified version of a recipe I originally found on bodyecology.com.  Comment below and let us know what favorite foods you would like us to post ultra-healthy recipes of in coming posts!

Birch Xylitol Sweetened Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies
Ingredients:
• 8 tablespoons Ancient Organics Grass-Fed Ghee or coconut oil
• 3/4 cup birch xylitol  
• 1 tsp vanilla bean powder 
• 1 1/2 cups quinoa flour
• 2 cups gluten-free oats
• 1 teaspoon aluminum free baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
• 1/4 cup boiling water
• 1-2 handfuls raisins

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. In a bowl, use your hands to thoroughly mix ghee, xylitol, and vanilla bean.  (Licking your fingers after this step is a true pleasure.)
3. Add quinoa flour and salt, mix well.
4. Dissolve baing soda into boiling water. Add to the mixture.
5. Mix in oats and raisins.
6. Shape into cookie form and place on a cookie tray (ideally of the green-pan variety- teflon is not your body's friend)
7. Bake on the middle rack for 15-20 minutes.
8. Let it cool off- the texture and flavor are actually much better one hour later.
9.  If you decide to share them, be prepared to either share the recipe or continue to make them for all your friends in perpetuity! :)

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