Halloween and the holidays are a good time to remember to always be vigilant about protecting our children from diabetes, obesity and heart disease..
I would like to share with you a healthy Spiced Pumpkin Cookie Recipe that may help your little munchkins forget about the candy they are dreaming about.
Why is it healthy?
Just in case you don’t know, spices, like cinnamon and ginger can be used as an immune booster to help fight colds and flu.
Dark molasses is a great substitute for sugar, as well as a good source of iron and B vitamins.
As for raisins, they can be beneficial if you have constipation or anemia.
Immunity Boosting Spiced Pumpkin Cookie Recipe
- 2/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 3/4 cup canned plain pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup dark molasses
- 1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 3 baking sheets with cooking spray.
Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg in a large bowl.
Whisk pumpkin, brown sugar, oil and molasses in a second bowl until well combined. Stir the wet ingredients and raisins into the dry ingredients until no traces of dry ingredients remain. Drop the batter by level tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the cookies 1 1/2 inches apart.
Bake the cookies until firm to the touch and lightly golden on top, 10 to 12 minutes, switching the pans back to front and top to bottom halfway through. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
Don’t forget to breathe, smile and be happy.
Irina Wardas, HHC
Women’s Holistic Health Counselor HHC