If your senior loved one has a bit of a sweet tooth, we don’t have to tell you how difficult it can be to find sweet treats for seniors that are also healthy.
These cookies are baked with bittersweet chocolate, which is loaded with antioxidants and better for your senior loved one’s heart as well as waistline, as well as cherries, which boast serious anti-inflammatory properties and melatonin. Even better, these chocolate cherry cookies are only 94 calories apiece! When a dessert craving strikes, try this recipe for chocolate and cherry cookies, a favorite among the caregivers at Home Care Assistance of Tampa.
Chocolate and Cherries Cookies
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 ½ cup traditional rolled oats
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup cherries (halved or quartered)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
(Makes approximately 2 ½ dozen cookies)
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Next, combine both the all purpose flour and the whole wheat flour into a bowl. Then, add the rolled oats, baking soda and salt into the flour mixture. Stir this dry mix briskly with a whisk until well blended. Set aside.
Next, melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat and then remove from the stove. Add the brown sugar to the melted butter and mix until smooth. Add the sugar combination to the flour and beat at a medium speed using an electric mixer until well blended. Finally, add the vanilla and egg into the batter and gently fold in the cherries and chocolate with a spatula.
Lightly spray your cookie sheet with cooking spray and then, using a spoon, drop the batter approximately 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes and then pull the cookie sheet from the oven. Cool and enjoy!
Learn more about senior health by getting in touch with Home Care Assistance. As a leading provider of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and stroke care in Tampa, we make senior health and wellness our number one priority and work hard to change the way the world ages. Call us at (727) 330-7862 to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our friendly and trusted Care Managers.