Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.
My son and I really enjoy making cookies together. In fact, we made two batches of cookies yesterday using the same bowl. First, we made our no-bake peanut butter cookies, and then we made our waffle iron spice cookies. Yum! I'm glad we had them because we took both batches with us yesterday on our trip to the Royal Gorge Railway. For my birthday weekend, my husband booked us a trip to ride on a train for the day.
Obviously, it was more for our two boys—but isn't everything when you're a parent. These cookies made for the perfect treat on the road, and for the rest of our fun-filled day. They were packed with tons of great ingredients, were filling, and somehow tasted exactly right for our adventure. It looks like I'm going to have to make some more if we're going to have any to munch on this week.
With two small kids at home and a business to run, I'm all about quick and easy recipes with little to no mess, especially if they are great on the go. I wouldn't normally encourage giving out cookies as snacks for your kids, but I don't make normal cookies, either. All of our creations here at the house are delicious and nutritious. I don't have to worry about my kids eating too many, or filling up on empty calories. In fact, I can feel good about these cookies, knowing that my kids are getting good ingredients, and if anything, a nice dose of protein to keep them going strong until we can get a good meal again. Of course, we took apples, carrots, and peppers, too, but they don't hold up quite as well all day long in the car.
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About 12 cookies
- 1 egg
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- In a medium mixing bowl, add one egg.
- Measure out and melt your honey and peanut butter in the microwave.
- Then add them to your bowl and mix.
- Now add in all of your spices and mix.
- Finally, add in your flour. Stir until combined.
- Portion out your batter into each side of your waffle iron for individual cookies.
- Cook until browned. Mine was 1 1/2 lights.
Amazing Health Benefits of Spices
I think you'd be surprised at the amazing health benefits of using organic spices in your foods, and these cookies use a wide spectrum of them, contributing to all of the great flavors and nutrition. Check out the powerhouses of nutrition you can find in each of these great spices:
- Cinnamon lowers blood sugar and has a powerful anti-diabetic effect. It also has potent antioxidant activity, helping to fight inflammation and lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.
- Ginger helps to treat nausea and has anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps with pain management.
- Nutmeg helps prevent cavities by reducing plaque formation by 50 percent and eradicating cavity-producing microbes in your mouth. It is also rich in protective anti-inflammatory compounds that can lower your risk of cancer by stifling tumor growth.
- Cloves are high in antioxidants and are known for supporting liver health and helping to stabilize blood sugar levels. The eugenol found in cloves has also been shown to have anti-cancer properties.
- Allspice, a traditional medicine, is used to relieve digestive complaints, notably intestinal gas, abdominal pain, and indigestion. It also possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting, sedative, antiseptic, antiviral and anti-fungal properties.
- Vanilla has a number of important benefits, including its ability to treat acne, improve hair growth, speed healing, reduce inflammation, prevent chronic diseases, protect the heart, and much more.
With this much nutrition in every delicious bite, these are almost irresistible to make every day of the week.
A Prized Snack
Suffice to say, these were the prized snack on our trip across Colorado yesterday. After being in the sun, and drinking lots of water, eating lots of carrots and apples, and riding in the car, these were a really special treat for all of us. And the best part is, it will only take me another 5–10 minutes or so to whip up another batch of hot and crispy waffle iron cookies for my family.
We can enjoy them tonight while my toddler runs through the nightly sprinklers before bed. They'll be just the treat to fill our bellies and leave a good taste in our mouths before bed tonight.
© 2018 Victoria Van Ness
Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on August 15, 2018:
You should give it some exercise with these very easy to make, but delicious cookies!
Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on August 14, 2018:
Nice! You'll be grateful you got one!
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 14, 2018:
Very cool and super healthy from what I see. Next stop for me is a waffle iron.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 14, 2018:
These cookies sound wonderful. I never thought of making cookies in my waffle iron, but I love the spices so I might give it a try. When my 3 boys were young I was given a waffle iron for Christmas, which obviously delighted them more than it did me. It is well used, but it still works. Thanks for this recipe.