Clean Eating Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

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Clean Eating Oatmeal Cranberry CookiesA few years ago I lost over 100 pounds using an app on my phone to count calories and track exercise. I was one of “those” people, that snuck in a walk wherever I could, got up at 4:45 in the morning to head to the gym, and religiously tracked the food that went into my mouth. I felt great and I was in the best shape of my life, even if I wasn’t quite to my ideal weight.

Then I met my husband. He too had just lost a bunch of weight, and apparently we liked what we saw because we got married shortly after. Instead of encouraging each other in a healthy lifestyle, we enabled each other to eat a lot of pizza, drink a lot of wine, and watch a lot of TV.

Almost 4 years and a lot of pounds later, I am ready to get back on the wagon and live a healthier, more active life. I have wanted to make this change for quite a while, but the body was willing and the willpower was … well, nonexistent. To make a major lifestyle change your mind is the first thing you have to work on! Well, I am finally ready to stop making excuses and start making changes.

This week I have gotten myself back in the habit of logging my food into my app, and have been tracking my water and supplement intake. We don’t own a scale, so I can’t say if I have lost any weight, but I know that I am sleeping better, I’m not as achey and creaky, and the wine section at the grocery store is starting to get lonely and dusty.

One of my problem areas is sweets and snacks. Especially after meals, I just want something a little sweet. Since Starbursts and Kit Kats are no longer an option, I whipped up a batch of Oatmeal Cranberry cookies, except these aren’t any ordinary cookie.

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I remember the no-bake cookies my mom made when I was a kid – ooey, gooey, and full of unhealthy ingredients. While these Clean Eating Oatmeal Cranberry cookies are just as easy to make, they are 100% organic and healthy.

The best part about these cookies is that you can substitute any of the ingredients to tailor these to your personal taste. In lieu of cashews you could use almonds or walnuts, and instead of cranberries you could sub any dry fruit.

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Be very ginger when adding water, because one splash too many and your cookies will be sticky. Still tasty, but sticky. I made these fairly large and the recipe yielded 12 cookies, but you could almost halve them and wind up closer to 24 depending on your calorie needs. Enjoy!

Clean Eating Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
Serves 12
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179 calories
29 g
0 g
6 g
4 g
1 g
52 g
3 g
16 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
52g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 179
Calories from Fat 52
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
10%
Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 3mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 29g
10%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 16g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
3%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup old fashioned oats
  2. 1 Cup raw cashews
  3. 10 Medjool Dates, pitted, halved
  4. 1/4 Cup water
  5. 1/4 Cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. In food processor or high-powered blender mix oats and cashews until ground into a fine meal (about a minute). Add dates and half of the water and blend, then gradually add the rest of the water until it is the consistency desired. Mix cranberries in by hand. Remove from blender, form into balls and flatten. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet or cutting board and put in the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove and eat. Store in refrigerator.
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Melissa is a former hairstylist of 20 years who has a passion for living a simply creative life. She loves inspiring others to pick up a planner and get their lives organized, to clean out a closet and minimize their clutter, and to clean up their physical and mental space to lead their most fulfilled life. She is newly single, a mom, soon to be grandma and crazy dog lady who constantly rewatches The Office.

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