I got a call from my brother. “What are you doing?” he asked. “Driving home from the gym,” I replied. “Well, Claire wants to come see Aunt Shelby. Okay if I bring her by?” Claire, my 4-year-old niece, enjoys coming over for sleep-overs, coloring, and baking projects. She’s also a big fan of hide-and-seek and our house has lots of places to hide. “Sure, bring her over. We’ll make some cookies.”
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I had gotten some muesli from Bob’s Red Mill® that had an intriguing recipe on the back for chocolate chip cookies. I knew how Claire and I were going to spend our afternoon, but with grains, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, and whole wheat flour as ingredients, I wasn’t sure whether Claire would actually like the cookies.
Claire arrived and immediately moved her stepstool into place beside the kitchen island. Then she went to the pantry and started pulling out flour and sugar. She loves to crack eggs – and is very good at it – so she was happy to hear the recipe called for an egg.
We baked, we talked, we hid from Uncle Rick. Unfortunately, Uncle Rick didn’t realize our game and we were stuck in the hot, dark laundry room for quite a while. Then we ate cookies. And Claire liked them. I guess the lesson here is not to assume that kids won’t like wholesome foods.
This particular muesli contains whole grain wheat, dates, sunflower seeds, raisins, whole grain rye, whole grain barley, whole grain oats, flaxseed, almonds, and walnuts. All are ingredients your grandmother would recognize.
Think of these cookies as oatmeal-raisin on steroids. Chocolate-flavored steroids.
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