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Oatmeal Cookie Treat Balls for your Chickens

As I was getting out the ingredients to make my favorite oatmeal cookies the other day in preparation for my father-in-law's weekend visit, I thought - the chickens really would like these.

Oats, walnuts, raisins...some of their favorite treats.  But of course some of the other ingredients aren't so good for them, so after baking up a batch of my signature Blueberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies, I set about creating a  healthy version for the chickens.

I substituted honey (which has great health benefits) for the sugars, omitted the salt, and substituted a combination of wheat flour, wheat germ and cornmeal for the white flour.


The result baked up nicely and actually tasted pretty good ! But the real test came when I served up the girls a batch.  However, as usual, they are forgiving critics and as you can see, they loved them !

So next time you bake oatmeal cookies, why not whip up a batch for your chickens!

Oatmeal Treat Balls

(makes 14 generously-sized balls) 

Ingredients

1/2 Cup coconut oil 
1/4 Cup honey 
2 Eggs 
1/2 Cup whole wheat flour 
1/2 Cup wheat germ 
1/2 Cup cornmeal 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
3 Cups old-fashioned oats 
1 Cup raisins 
1/2 Cup chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  

In bowl of a stand mixer, beat oil and honey until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time. Combine flour, wheat germ, cornmeal, baking soda and cinnamon and add slowly on low speed until incorporated.

Drop dough onto ungreased cookie sheet using an ice cream scoop.Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown.

Cool on cookie sheet for a minute or two and then remove to wire rack to cool completely.Serve as an occasional treat.These will freeze wonderfully also, so put any extras in the freezer for later.






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