Of course, I have already started thinking about the Christmas cookies I am making this year. This is an added bonus being a blogger and health coach - trying new recipes early on in the holiday season.
I love to bake cookies - anytime of the year. Seriously, I don't need a reason. However, baking during the holiday season has a special magic about it. What I love to do this time of year is "healthify" my favorite family cookie recipes (from my family and Brian's family) that have been passed on from generation to generation. I also love to come up with easy, easy, easy recipes that anyone can do - even moms with toddlers attached to their legs in the kitchen. Like the one I am sharing below - it doesn't get easier. Keep reading.
Know what else I love this time of year? All of the beautiful kids books. I was just at the mall with my mom the other day and she bought a couple new Christmas books that she will read to her 6 grandkids when they visit, yes 6! I don't know much about children's literature. I leave that to my friend, neighbor and blogger Jess McCort over at The Owl's Skull. Jess and I are good friends and we were chatting one day and decided that we needed to turn our favorite Christmas things - stories and sweets - into a fun blog post series and giveaway. That's right, there's a giveaway!
So, we will be writing together - Jess over at The Owl's Skull and me, Betsy, here at BMoore Healthy - for the next 3 weeks. We will share 3 of our favorite recipes for healthy holiday sweets as well as 3 of our favorite holiday stories. At the end of the series, we will announce the winner of the giveaway!
Be sure to stop by Jess's blog this week, where she is talking about this adorable book called Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jane Dyer. Also, check out Jess on Facebook and Instagram. Jess has an amazing outlook on life, motherhood, literature and she is one of those women who you just totally want to be friends with. Yep.
Sweets Recipe 1 of 3: Banana Chia Chip Cookie Dough/Cookie
This cookie dough can be enjoyed baked or unbaked. Unbaked? Yep, enjoy it like raw cookie dough. No eggs so you are in the clear. Don't want to eat it raw? No problem! Bake those babies.
3 very ripe bananas
3 cups of old fashioned oats
1/4 cup dairy free mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup chia seeds
Mash the ripe bananas well with a fork. In a food processor, blend the oats into a flour. Mix the oats with the mashed bananas. Fold in the chocolate chips and chia seeds. Dig in here if you want some cookie dough. If you want to bake into cookies, roll into tablespoon balls and bake at 350F for about 5 minutes. Easy.
This giveaway includes a copy of one of the books Jess talks about as well as a bunch of ingredients to make one of the recipes I talk about. The giveaway will be open until Wednesday, December 17th at 9PM. Enter and spread the holiday love. 🙂
1. To enter the giveaway, you must be a fan of both BMoore Healthy and Alice in East Washington on Facebook. Also, you must be receiving BMoore Healthy's monthly newsletters. Click here to sign up for my newsletter.
2. Use the Rafflecopter tool right here to enter to win. This giveaway is available to US residents only. Good luck! The contest ends Wednesday, December 17th at 9:00 PM. A winner will be announced shortly after that.
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