Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

These Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies are made with dried blueberries, whole oats, whole wheat flour, cinnamon and a touch of sugar. They make the perfect addition to any kid (or adult) lunch or served with a glass of milk for a wonderful afternoon snack. 


These Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies are made with dried blueberries, whole oats, whole wheat flour, cinnamon and a touch of sugar. They make the perfect addition to any kid (or adult) lunch or served with a glass of milk for a wonderful afternoon snack. #cookies #healthyrecipes

I've been thinking a lot about something lately...

It's going to get deep here on this baby food blog for minute, so you might as well get a large steaming cup of hot coffee and listen to me talk about my thoughts and feelings. 

Or, if that is way too much for you... just skip on down the post πŸ‘‡πŸ»πŸƒπŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸ»

It's also snowing like-it-means-it outside my window, so there is a high probability that you will get snowed in here with me. Don't worry I have a secret stash of wine and I just made these cookies, so we are covered. 

So, I have been pondering lately if we (as in my husband and I, not you and me, that would be awkward) should have another kid. That would make it 3 kids! T-h-r-e-e! That thought both terrifies me and excites me. And we should probably just assume that it would be another girl - so THREE GIRLS! Gulp!

Right now, we are in such a good spot with both of the girls. Last year on the other hand, was the roughest year of my life. Having a toddler and a newborn almost put me over the edge. It was a lot of sleepless nights, losing my hair and questioning myself and my sanity on an hourly basis. 

But right now, Ellie is almost out of her terrible 2/3's and Parker is ridiculously cute and not yet in her terrible 2's. So we actually have a sense of normalcy in our lives, even if for a short period of time. Really, that just means that I don't always have one (or both) kids kicking and screaming every time I go into Trader Joe's with them. Most moments of the day, I can completely see another baby in tow. Other times, when we are all sick, the thought of 3 kids under the age of 5 is a bit much to swallow.

So let me ask, how many kids you are hoping to have? In your opinion, what is the perfect number of kids? 1, 2, 3, more? How did you decide when your family was complete?

Whoa, that was kinda intense for a cookie blog post. 

Bake to the regularly scheduled post in.. 3.. 2.. 1..

I first shared these Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies last fall on Instagram when my friend @katsdelicious_kitchen asked me to contribute to her #healthykidscommunity Eat the Rainbow Recipe Week πŸ’πŸŠπŸ‹πŸπŸ’™πŸ‡. 

She gave me the color blue.

Maybe she's not a friend after all?

Blue is a hard food color to find in nature. 

Nope, sorry blue M&Ms are not natural. Damnit!

Really my choices were limited to blueberries and maybe blue corn. And because blue corn is impossible to actually find - blueberries it was. 

Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies to be exact!!!

Made with dried blueberries, whole oats, whole wheat flour, cinnamon and a touch of sugar, these Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies make the perfect addition to any kid (or adult) lunch or served with a glass of milk for a wonderful afternoon snack. 

These Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies are made with dried blueberries, whole oats, whole wheat flour, cinnamon and a touch of sugar. They make the perfect addition to any kid (or adult) lunch or served with a glass of milk for a wonderful afternoon snack. #cookies #healthyrecipes

Since then, I have made these cookies an obscene amount of times. The girls are completely okay with this new cookie obsession of mine:)

I have added in chopped pecans, dried cranberries, raisins, chopped walnuts, dried apricots and even more oats. 

All of them were amazing add-ins. 

pecans and cranberries πŸ‘πŸ»
walnuts and apricots πŸ‘πŸ»
simple raisins πŸ‘πŸ»
apricots and cloves πŸ‘πŸ»

Seriously, the add-in possibilities are endless!

But the dried blueberries stole my heart (and tummy). They are just ssoooooo good. 

Simple cookies that are easy to make, spiced with just the right amount of cinnamon and loaded with bursts of sweet dried blueberries. They are the perfect cookie to make and eat in a snowstorm with a friend, sipping a cup of coffee while letting your kiddos tear your house apart. 

They are also the perfect cookie to serve any other day of the year, because snowstorms only happen a couple times a year and these cookies need to be eaten year round and on a daily basis. 

These Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies are made with dried blueberries, whole oats, whole wheat flour, cinnamon and a touch of sugar. They make the perfect addition to any kid (or adult) lunch or served with a glass of milk for a wonderful afternoon snack. #cookies #healthyrecipes

Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup coconut oil or butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar or stevia
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour*
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup dried blueberries**

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
2. In a large bowl, blend together oil (or butter) and sugars for 1 minute on high or until fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla extract and beat for another minute or so. You may need to scarp down the sides as you are beating it. The coconut oil does take a little longer to get nice and fluffy then the butter, so give it a minute or so. 
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt. 
4. Incorporate the the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until combined. 
5. Add in the oats and mix until just combined.
6. Add in the dried blueberries and mix until just combined.
7. Spoon 1 tablespoon of dough onto a cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool on pan for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Yield - 2 dozen cookies
Storage - 1 week in air-tight container or 2 months in freezer

* You can use whole wheat, white whole wheat, all-purpose or gluten free flour in this recipe. 
** Feel free to swap out dried cranberries or raisins in these cookies. 


These Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies are made with dried blueberries, whole oats, whole wheat flour, cinnamon and a touch of sugar. They make the perfect addition to any kid (or adult) lunch or served with a glass of milk for a wonderful afternoon snack. #cookies #healthyrecipes
 
These Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies are made with dried blueberries, whole oats, whole wheat flour, cinnamon and a touch of sugar. They make the perfect addition to any kid (or adult) lunch or served with a glass of milk for a wonderful afternoon snack. #cookies #healthyrecipes