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Healthier Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This is a cookie I can feel good about!

Well, truth be told, I’m not sure there is a cookie I can’t feel good about. Unless they have walnuts or pecans in them. Walnuts and pecans do bad things to me. Feel free to add them to yours, but don’t invite me over.

Anyway, back to the good cookies…

Not only do these cookies taste delish, but they are chock full of healthy, filling ingredients like coconut, oatmeal, whole grain flours, and Craisins.

They also have butter, sugar, and chocolate chips, but did I mention coconut, oatmeal, whole grains, and fruit?

I actually don’t have a problem with butter, but I did cut the sugar and the chocolate chips in half. See? We can feel good about these cookies! Let’s stop chatting and start baking, shall we?

The Members

1/2 cup of coconut oil, melted (or butter, softened – I’ve used and love both!)

1/2 cup of sugar (granulated or brown – I have used both)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 egg (or flax or chia egg replacer)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup flour (I use whole wheat pastry flour, all-purpose, or a blend of both)

1 cup rolled oats (I used regular, but quick-cooking work)

1 cup shredded coconut (I used unsweetened, but you can use sweetened)

1/2 cup Craisins (or raisins)

1/2 cup chocolate chips (regular, white, or a combination of both)

1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

The Method

Preheat oven to 325 degrees (unless you are using a countertop convection oven).

With an electric mixer, blend coconut oil (or butter) on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl, as needed.

Beat in egg (or replacer) and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can. Fold in remaining flour, if necessary. Add oats, coconut, Craisins (or raisins), and chocolate chips. Stir until combined.

(If you are baking with a countertop convection oven, turn your oven on to 300 degrees) Using this handy scooper, place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 5 – 8 minutes, or just until cookies start to brown.

*My beautiful cousin, Karine, who makes the best cookies in the world, tells me that the secret to a soft cookie is to bake it at a lower temperature and for less time. (I sure hope it’s okay that I just put your secret all over the internet, Karine!?)

Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

This recipe was adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book (Ranger Cookies). I highly recommend this basic cookbook as it is one I reach for often. It would make a wonderful addition to any kitchen and a perfect gift for a new bride.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. You are not obligated to make any purchases, but when you do through one of my links or the Amazon search box to the right, I will make a small percentage on the sale. Thank you for supporting my site.

If you’re looking for a healthy cookie that keeps you full, this is the one. But don’t take my word for it…

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What do you think? What is your favorite cookie? Is it healthy, and does it keep you full?

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Weary From The Race

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Life is a race.

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.                                                                             ~ Philippians 3:12-14

In the Bible, life is compared to a race.

It has been said that life isn’t a sprint, but a marathon. I have never run a marathon, but I’ve exercised enough to know that when one takes on a marathon, he knows it isn’t going to be easy. Most of us are in this for the long haul.

So should we be surprised when it gets tough? We know it isn’t always going to be easy. Sometimes it will be downright difficult. Sometimes it stops us in our tracks and brings us to our knees. If we know this, why do we struggle so?

I would guess one reason is that we don’t like being uncomfortable. Yet, I know no one who would describe running a marathon as comfortable. Continue reading →

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The Importance of Light

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The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The Lord gives light to the eyes of both. ~Proverbs 29:13 (NKJV)

It’s just after five A.M., and I am sitting here looking out one of three picture windows that we have here in this basement floor of the house. I am seeing a large valley surrounded by high mountains full of trees. There is also a large meadow below that I am able to make out, albeit dimly, movement of deer. Continue reading →

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WHAT iF…

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What if?

What if we lose our business and our home? What if someone gets hurt or sick and we can’t afford the medical bills? What if we can’t buy groceries or repair our truck?

What if something happens to one of my children or my spouse? What if something happens to my parents or to me?

What if? 

If you’re like me, you’ve spent a lot of time thinking, planning, analyzing, and being concerned for a situation that could happen.

If you’re like me, you’ve spent too much time worrying about things that never have, and may never, come to pass.

Yep, I tend to be a worrier. Continue reading →

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Simple Cornmeal Crusted Pan Fried Fish

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We are incredibly blessed to have a wonderful friend who lives on a lake, is an avid fisherman, and loves to feed others. Our family has had the privilege of dining in his home numerous times over the years. His wife is the one who inspired me to start making homemade tartar sauce. (You can read that post and get the recipe here: Quick & Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce)

Tonight, our family will be dining in our own home, but we get to enjoy fresh bass that he not only caught, but filleted for us just yesterday. Have I mentioned how much he has blessed us?

It will work well with any thin, white fish (catfish, cod, bass, etc.) Continue reading →

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Quick & Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce

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Once upon a time I lived very close to a Trader Joe’s and shopped there on a weekly basis. One item that frequented my list was Trader Joe’s Tartar Sauce with Dill and Jalapeno. 

Then we moved far away. The nearest TJ’s was over 5 hours away. I used to joke that I missed TJ’s more than I missed my family. (Of course, that’s not true, but it made the cashier laugh).

When friends who know my deep affection for Trader Joe’s were going to be in the area of one, they always graciously offered to pick up a few items for me. I bet you can guess what was at the top of my list. Continue reading →

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Timing Is Everything

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And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? ~Luke 18:7 (NIV)

Recently, I sent a DVD to some young lads who enjoy the old western movies and TV series. I wanted to share with them my love for the old time westerns. You probably don’t have the same passion for such things, but those movies were predicable and fun to watch. I always knew that the good guys would win out in the end, the wrongs would be made right, and the cavalry would always show up just in the nick of time. Continue reading →

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a million little ways

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I have a friend who is a very talented artist. She has a degree in art, she teaches both adults and children in our community, and she astounds me with her abilities.

I used to look at her with envy appreciation and think that I have nothing to offer when it comes to art. Sure, I am other worthy things, but I am certainly not an artist.

One day, as she was teaching the children of our community at one of her “Summer Art Camps”, she asked the kids to raise their hands if they were artists. She explained to the kids that we are all artists. We may not all be painters or sculptors, but in one way or another, we are artists.

My thoughts went to our Creator. We were created in the image of God, and He is the ultimate artist of the universe. I, too, must then create art because my Maker created me to do just that. It is the same for all of us, whether we realize it or not. Continue reading →

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My #1 Rule For The Frugal Kitchen (& How I Just Broke It!)

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I’m sick to my stomach.

I just broke my #1 rule for my frugal kitchen.

I let 1/2 of a bottle of grapeseed oil go bad. Like really bad. It’s September and it expired in March. I don’t usually worry too much about expiration dates. (The chili that I am eating as I type this used a can of tomatoes that expired a few months ago.) But this smells rancid. It’s definitely bad. Healthy oils are one of the most expensive food items I purchase to feed my family. This would have been one of the last things I would have wanted to waste.

I purchased this oil for making homemade mayo, salad dressings, and skincare. Somehow, it got pushed to the very back of a deep cabinet and forgotten about. Ugh! Waste makes me unhappy because I simply cannot afford to throw away food. When I think of the millions of starving people around the world, it makes me feel even worse. Continue reading →

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The Valley

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the-valleyContinuing the theme of valley and mountaintop experiences, today I’d like to share a poem with you in hopes that it encourages your walk.

If you missed the first three in the series, you can read them here: The Mountaintop Experience Part 1, Part 2, and 10 Reasons We Need Not Fear The Valley.

We’ve been visiting the idea that our mountaintop experiences are appreciated only after dwelling for a time in the valley. We’ve also looked at the truths found in Scripture that cause us not to fear our valley experiences.

Today, I’d like to share a poem and the story behind it. Continue reading →

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10 Reasons We Need Not Fear The Valley

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10-reasons-valleyI recently shared my thoughts about the mountaintop and valley experiences we all go through in life. If you missed that, you can read The Mountaintop Experience: Part 1 and Part 2.

Today, I’d like to share a bit of encouragement with you if you find yourself currently in a valley. I’d love to give you 10 reasons from Scripture that we don’t need to fear our valley experiences.

Humanly speaking, it is difficult to do anything but fear during our trials, but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

Let’s consider His word: Continue reading →

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Messy Beautiful Love

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I just finished Darlene Schacht’s brand new book, Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages.

I am passionate about beautiful marriages and read as much as I can on the subject. This is one of the best books I have read on marriage.

“In an age when wives pride themselves on being right, Darlene shows the power of doing right. The timeless truth in this book will help any marriage.”                        ~Arlene Pellicane (author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife)

Using wit, personal examples, Scripture, and a very honest look at the pain that results from choosing less than God’s best for us, this book is an incredible encouragement to any married couple.

She reminds her readers that

Continue reading →

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The Mountaintop Experience – Part 2

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A few days ago, I posted The Mountaintop Experience. If you haven’t read that, you can click here to do that. We’ll wait for you.

Welcome back for part 2. I almost didn’t post this because it is so short and sweet, but it was requested that I do, so I hope you are blessed by it.

If ye then be risen with Christ, set your hearts on things above, not on things on the earth.  ~Colossians 3:1

We need to look up with our eyes and with our hearts.  Whether we are stuck deep in the valley or we are on top of the mountain praising God, we need to look up.

We need to keep our eyes on our Savior. Continue reading →

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Living On Purpose

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Philippians 1:12-26 

 “…according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” ~Philippians 1:19-21 (NKJV)

One of my duties in Viet Nam was to be part of a sniffer team. As a component of this duty, I had to fly in a helicopter. A sniffer was a machine designed to pick up the scent of the enemy below, traveling at a moderate rate of speed and at tree-top level. As part of my routine before the mission, I prayed. You might think, yeah, I would too! But the substance of my prayer was not to save me from death, but that in the “heat of battle”, I would not dishonor my Lord. Continue reading →

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The Mountaintop Experience

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Today, I have the privilege of sharing A Sermon On The Mount at our Annual Ladies’ Retreat. As you cannot be with us, I wrote a shorter version to share with you. Imagine yourself hiking to a mountaintop, finding a seat on a rock, and considering the following:

The thing about mountaintop experiences is that we don’t appreciate them until we’ve spent some time in the valley.

When I think of the three most recent valley experiences I have had, I don’t exactly remember them with fondness.

I’m not going to try to convince you that valleys are fun. They’re not. Continue reading →

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Dancing on the Head of a Pen

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I had the privilege this week of reading Robert Benson’s short, yet beautifully penned book Dancing on the Head of a Pen: The Practice of a Writing Life.

In a quest to answer the often asked question “Can you tell me how to write a book?”, he has written an almost poetic manual for the writer who attempts to do just that. In a style that is a joy to read, yet easy to understand, Mr. Benson takes the reader on a personal, yet helpful, journey in his art of putting pen to paper. Continue reading →

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Flax & Chia Egg Replacers

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I have chickens, but I also have teenagers.

For our family, fresh eggs are a frugal protein source and something we eat a lot of! So, while we have chickens in the backyard, I sometimes find myself running low on eggs.

What is this mom to do when the mood to bake strikes, but the egg supply is less than stellar? I have borrowed a trick long used by vegan bakers. Enter flax and chia egg replacers. Continue reading →

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The Life Jacket

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Several years ago when we were camping at our favorite campground, we hiked up to our cherished spot in the rocks overlooking the beautiful Lake Ellen. There is a great rock that we like to jump off and into the water. The first time I do it each summer, I admit it is a bit intimidating. After the first time, however, it does get easier as you learn to trust the safety of the water below.

My husband went first and then called to our sons so that they could jump off of the rock, into the water, and into his arms. We were trying to encourage our younger son to jump in without his life jacket. He could swim. His daddy was right there to catch him in his big, strong arms, but that little boy knew that the water below was deep. We tried to convince him that he didn’t need his life jacket, but he clung to the safety and assurance that it brought to him. It made me think about the things that we cling to rather than jumping confidently into the arms of our Heavenly Father. Continue reading →

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Roasted Potatoes & Veggies w/ Sausage

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Love and Respect

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I wrote a post recently called the good news about marriage (and a giveaway!)

Reading that book prompted me to write this post. You see, in her book, Shaunti Feldhahn discussed the idea that most unhappy marriages can be transformed by understanding the simple (but not always easy) concept of love and respect in a marriage. It should come as no surprise that this is a Biblical concept. That’s because it was God who instituted marriage, therefore He should be (and is) the ultimate authority of how this union is best cared for. Continue reading →

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A Home With God

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“Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” ~John 14:23 (NKJV)

Wow! Imagine that, God wants to make a home in you and me. He doesn’t want to be a weekend retreat house or a vacation cabin. I don’t think He’s even thinking about a retirement home. I believe God is looking for a permanent dwelling place for His Spirit to set up residence, allowing us to have an intimate fellowship with Him. Continue reading →

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the good news about marriage (and a giveaway!)

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good-news-bookI recently had the privilege of reading Shaunti Feldhahn’s new book the good news about marriageAs the subtitle reveals, this book debunks “discouraging myths about marriage and divorce”.

Through groundbreaking research, this best-selling author shares surprising news about marriage. She shares that the actual divorces rates are often projected, inflated, and misrepresented. Shaunti offers many surprising studies that challenge the statistics we have all come to accept as fact.

Most marriages, she writes, not only last a lifetime, but they are happy. Shaunti also presents evidence that remarriages are much more successful than we’ve been told. Continue reading →

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One-Bowl Glazed Lemon Cupcakes

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My mother-in-law left a bag of lemons for me after her last visit here. As you might imagine, I am certainly making use of them, especially when it comes to dessert! That being said, I do have Chicken Piccata on the menu this week. It’s not something I make too often as it isn’t a favorite of the boys in my family, but it certainly is one of mine. Anyhoo, I digress.

Back to dessert…

Upon tasting these cupcakes, my husband commented that they taste like a Lemon Dream Cake from Coco’s Restaurant and Bakery. We no longer live anywhere close to that restaurant, but that used to be my requested birthday dessert. To have my husband compare the tastes is a huge compliment, especially when I can guarantee that this version is healthier.

But don’t take my word for it. Or his. Here’s the recipe: Continue reading →

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