Back in the days the Family Resource Center (yes, way back in those days) was located on 4th St. in La Crosse, there was a parent named Teri who was an active volunteer. Not only was Teri an excellent and memorable parent volunteer but she made the most delicious cookies she labeled Energy Cookies.
Energy Cookies are hefty, healthy and addicting. Teri shared her recipe with those who loved them, and ever since she moved out of the area, I’ve treasured this now crumpled, winkled, spilled-on recipe card with love.
About five years ago, Family Resources (at that time so named) put out a Family Resources cookbook with shared recipes from staff, parents and friends. One of the recipes I shared was this special Energy Cookie. But …hopefully, anyone who has a copy of this cookbook has not followed that particular version of the recipe.
In addition to all the tasty seeds and raisins, one cup of honey was called for … and … 4 cups of sugar!
Talk about energy!
Of course, the 4 cups of sugar are not ingredients in this recipe, a mistake not caught in the editing process. (sorry, Teri)
As parents we are often battling with children to cooperate, to clean up toys, to take a bath, to stop picking on a sibling. In this on-going struggle, we often find ourselves adding an overdose of negative attention toward the things our children are doing that we want changed.
I suggest changing up that recipe a bit and substituting a bit of “honey” instead.
Notice the positive things your child is doing and comment on those – give more eye- to- eye contact when they talk to you – laugh and look for the humor in situations – be cozy with them.
Then notice how delectable all children can be with just the right ingredients.
Now here’s the correct version of my favorite Energy Cookie recipe with all the right ingredients.
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds; 1/2 cup raw sesame seeds; 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds; 2 Tablespoons flax seeds; 2 cups oats; 1 cup chocolate chips; 1 tsp. salt; 1 cup raisins; 1 cup canola oil; 1 tsp. baking powder; 1 cup honey; 4 cups flour.
Toast pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and flax seeds in skillet. Let cool. In a large bowl, mix flour, oats, salt, baking powder, raisins and chocolate chips. Add cooled seeds. Mix together oil and honey and add to dry ingredients. Add water for a moist, stiff dough. Watch for clumps of dry ingredients while mixing.
Shape cookies in a 1/4 cup measuring cup and place onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 14 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool and serve.
If you would like to talk more about what you might add or subtract in your parenting efforts, give me a call at The Parenting Place – 784-8125. Your questions and concerns are always welcomed and taken seriously.