I.just.LOVE.Blueberries. It turns out that my little cutie loves them as much as I do!
Last summer was the first time I went fruit picking with Emma without my hubby. She was about 18 months old and to be honest… I was a little nervous on how exactly this activity was going to play out.
Let’s face it…kids can be so unpredictable.
We, as parents, try to predict how our children will respond in new environments or changes but they are only predictions. I don’t know about you but I have been wrong more than once. There have been times Emma has surprised me by jumping in a situation running it like a boss. While other times, she has simply wilted in the corner completely overwhelmed by the new sights and sounds.
My biggest fear was that I would be chasing my wondering toddler through thick blueberry bushes and that I would only come home with a handful of berries.
Thankfully this did not happen. Once she realized she could pick small berries of sweetness and pop them in her mouth she was hooked. While, I was free to pick in blueberry frenzy.
Here she is eating as many blueberries as her little friend, Rory can feed her. 😉
I can’t wait to go again this year. Although we are a few weeks shy of blueberry season, I couldn’t help but put together 2 of my favorite foods together!
Blueberry Chocolate Chip Minis for the WIN!
Double bonus that they are allergy-friendly as well. No Gluten, No Eggs, No Dairy, & No Nuts
Just PURE HEALTHY GOODNESS.
What’s so great about these Blueberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Minis? Well, for starters they contain the superfoods; blueberries and flaxseed. Let’s start with the nutritional value of blueberries.
Blueberries are extremely low in sugar (unlike bananas, watermelon, etc.) but high in antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C and fiber. They are one of the fruits that you don’t need to limit in your diet. A study also showed that blueberries can significantly lower oxidized stress which ultimately can cause heart disease. Eating blueberries also fights against UTI’s, high cholesterol, and new studies are even showing an increase of memory. Whoot!
Flaxseed is a super food because of it’s amazing healthy fat component. Chalked full of omega 3’s which helps with fat loss and digestion. One fourth of your daily recommended amount of magnesium and almost 8 grams of fiber. You can read more about flaxseed and other great seeds here.
Okay, so now that these cookies are not just going to be good tasting but help you be healthier…let’s get to the recipe.
Here’s how to make your Blueberry Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies:
Blueberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Minis
2 1/2 cups of gluten-free oats (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1/2 cup flax meal
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
1/2 cup of applesauce
1/2 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh will work)
3 tbsp. chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)
2 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Preheat oven to 350
First mix gluten-free oats, flax meal, salt and baking soda all together in a large bowl.
Next add in the wet ingredients: applesauce, milk, and honey. Mix well.
Fold in blueberries and chocolate chips.
Scoop out blueberry chocolate chip oatmeal cookies onto a greased baking sheet.
Bake on 350 for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown and fork clean.
Serving Size: 1 Mini Cookie
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