Lounge tip #16: Bake the stress away

Lounge tip # 16: Bake a way the stress

If your morning with anything like mine, you are looking for some way to help relieve some stress.   For me, baking can easily reduce the amount of stress I’m feeling.  How can it not when you add the sent of vanilla extract, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate. These aromas will take you back to the days you baked with your mom or grandma.  Baking a simple batch of chocolate chip cookies will have a positive effect on the rest of your family as well.  When your husband comes home to delicious fresh baked cookies, it will instantly transport him back to when he was a child coming in from playing to his mothers homemade cookies.  While you and your husband are going back to your own childhood, you are creating these memories for your kids.

Here is a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe.  There are so many variations.  You can change the chips and use a bag of M&Ms, add you favorite nuts for some extra flavor, or even change the color with food coloring for a different twist.

 

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oat flour *
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk (or what ever milk you normally drink) 
  • 5 oz. Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips (or your favorite bittersweet chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, stir together flours, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then the milk. Stir in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes or until browned around the edges.

Makes 36 cookies.

*You can use unbleached all purpose flour instead.

Per cookie: 88 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated), 14 mg cholesterol, 13 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein, 1% Vitamin A, 0% Vitamin C, 3% calcium, 3% iron   (if you change the ingredients the nutrition count changes)

 If you enjoy baking by your self or if you decide to invite the kids to join in make sure you fully appreciate the memories you are creating for your famlies.

Now have fun eating cookies!!

Reneca and Kalisha

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