I felt like I was on an episode of chopped, handed a basket with oatmeal, M&Ms and organic flax seed and told to make a tasty cookie. So I adapted a recipe that I did from a couple of weeks ago to make these. And somehow they came out tasting completely different, with a whole new crunchy texture. My husband when told they had flax seed in them, was hesitant to try them, then managed to scarf down half the batch. The 4 year old tried to take off with the container of the cookies set aside for the Breastfeeding Cafe! So they passed the fussy dad and kid test.
Why add flax seed?
The following was taken from www.flaxhealth.com
- Flax is very high in lignans, which have anti-tumor properties—lignans act as antioxidants that could mirror the results of Tamoxifen, the anti-cancer drug for breast cancer.
- Flax is a natural food that has been consumed for thousands of years by many civilizations with noticeable health benefits and no artificial drug side effects.
- Omega 3’s—flax is recognized as the richest source of essential fatty acids (EFAs) such as alphalinolenic acid (ALA and Omega-3 fatty acids).
- Lignans—flax contains high levels of lignans, which are natural compounds that help prevent many types of cancer, such as breast, colon and prostate cancer.
- Fiber—as a whole grain, flax contains high levels of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which has been recognized by the National Cancer Institute as an essential part of your diet for the prevention of many cancers.
- Your body cannot make the essential fatty acids, Linoleic (Omega-6) or Linolenic (Omega-3), from other elements; instead, they must be consumed as part of your daily diet. Research has indicated that we consume too much Omega-6’s and not enough Omega-3’s, but flaxseed contains these essential fatty acids in perfect balance.
- In proper balance, omega-3’s and omega-6’s work to form the membranes of every cell in your body, play a vital role in the active tissues of your brain, and control the way cholesterol works in your system.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 75 mins
Makes: 6 Dozen
- 1 cup of butter, softened
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of brown sugar, firmly packed
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups AP Flour
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 cups of roll oats (uncooked)
- 1 packet of mini M&Ms
- 6 teaspoons of organic flax seed.
Preheat Oven to 375F
Soak the flax seed in enough water to cover the seed.
Cream Butter and sugars until smooth.
Beat in Eggs and Vanilla.
Sift flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Beat into creamed mixture. Stir in oats and M&Ms.
Drain the flax seed and mix in to the batter.
Drop spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet.
Bake 10 minutes.