Originally Answered: What healthy things can I add to cookies? What are some cookies that can trick my dad into eating healthier?
The sugar is a problem, but so is the fat and processed flour. Try these:
Melt 1/2 c honey, 1/4 c almond butter (or other nut butter), 1/4 c coconut oil (any flavorless oil like canola will do), 1/4 tsp kosher or sea salt, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp cinnamon in a saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently.
Meanwhile, combine 1/2 c chopped almonds, 1/2 c chopped walnuts, 1/2 c dark chocolate chips, 1/4 c sunflower seeds, 1/4 c pumpkin seeds, 1/4 c goji berries (or any chopped dried fruit) and 1 c rolled oats in a bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix well and press into greased 8x8 pan. Refrigerate until hardened, cut into 16 bars.
This is so good and so full of power ingredients. The bars look small but they are so chewy one is enough. Ingredients can be changed somewhat. Almond butter, coconut oil and goji berries are great but expensive! I don't like walnuts so I use pecans. Just don't add any saturated or trans fats or extra sugar.
My friend has a big sweet tooth and was recently diagnosed with diabetes. Too many simple carbs make her throw up. I made these and she ate two in the course of a 12 hour tour with no problem!
You could also try using whole wheat flour, turbinado sugar or honey and replace the butter with half applesauce and half coconut oil in chocolate chip cookies. Good luck and thanks for caring about your dad.
BTW, don't tell him it's healthy, sometimes men are like little kids!