Oatmeal / “Oatmeal” Cookies (2 Recipes)

Happy Wednesday!  Half way to the weekend!

I hope you all are having a great week so far.  Mine has been busy but good!  I helped my twins finish their admission essay for a college they are applying.  It was so surreal not just to read what they wrote but also to realize how much they have grown.  The essay had to be about things that have shaped them.  Experiences, achievements, etc. that tell their story.  As their mother, I feel like I know their story.  However, reading what they wrote and wanted to include showed me that my children are not just my babies, they are becoming adults.  (ouch!)  A friend of mine texted me the other day and said “what happened to our babies?”  My response was “they are trapped in big kid bodies”.  The reality is that, while they will always be my babies, they are growing up.  My biggest prayer for them at this point is to stay grounded in their faith, trust God, and continue to strive to be Christ like in all that they do.

It is so easy to get caught up in our to do lists, chores, jobs, school, etc. and forget to take time for what is truly important.  I tend to come home from work with a list of stuff that needs to be done.  Which leaves me frustrated because teenagers don’t clean up after themselves…

As I help my kids apply for college, order graduation announcements, and senior portraits, it becomes clear to me that one day I am going to wish for the hard days back just to have my children at home with me.  My brother has a 3yr old and an almost 1 year old.  Some days when my 3 teenage girls are being 3 teenage girls, I joke with him that I will gladly potty train one of his kids if he will just deal with the teenage girls.  I believe this is called perspective.  So for the rest of this year (before I have to send 2 kids off to college at one time) I am releasing myself from the stresses of life and going to enjoy my girls,even more than I already do!!  (And now my Type A self is stressed about releasing the stresses!)  I will keep my house clean and do all the absolute musts but I am just not going to freak out about shoes and backpacks in the living room.  One day I will be lonely and wishing to have stuff in the floor and kids at home to leave it there.  Ok, lets release some stress by baking these cookies.  These cookies can be made either Gluten Free only (contains gluten free oats), or Paleo!  Check out the recipe and go bake cookies with your kids!!

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Oatmeal Cookies (GF or Paleo)

These cookies are so yummy!  They can be made just Gluten Free or Paleo.

Ingredients

For the Gluten Free Only Version

  • 1 3/4 cups Almond Flour Blanched
  • 1/4 cup Gluten Free Oats
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup Palm Shortening, Melted
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 3/4 cup Raisins

For the Paleo Version

  • 1 3/4 Cups + 2 Tbsps Almond Flour Blanched
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Palm Shortening, Melted
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 3/4 Cup Raisins

Instructions

For the Gluten Free Version

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl combine the Almond Flour, Salt, Baking Soda, Cinnamon, and Gluten Free Oats.  Whisk to combine.
  3. Add the melted Palm Shortening, Vanilla, and Maple Syrup to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.  Stir in the Raisins.
  4. Scoop cookie dough (using a medium size scoop) onto a parchment lined or silicone lined cookie sheet.  Bake for 7-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

For the Paleo Version

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl combine the 1 3/4 cups + 2 Tbsps Almond Flour, Salt, Baking Soda, and Cinnamon.  Whisk to combine.
  3. Add the melted Palm Shortening, Vanilla, and Maple Syrup to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.  Stir in the Raisins.
  4. Scoop cookie dough (using a medium size scoop) onto a parchment lined or silicone lined cookie sheet.  Bake for 7-10 minutes or until lightly browned.