My husband was on the prowl for a healthier bite of something sweet and I ran across this recipe taken from Martha Stewart a few years ago.
Oatmeal = fiber, that's a good thing.
Raisins = a fruit serving, that's another good thing.
Also, I could easily replace the whole egg with a liquid egg substitute.
The result was a nice, chunky little cookie that makes you feel it's okay to indulge your sweet tooth a little.
Preparation is very easy, requiring only a couple of bowls and spoons and no need to haul out the mixer.
Healthy-er Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg (or 1/4 cup egg substitute)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup golden raisins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together both flours and baking powder and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, egg and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture.
Add oats and raisins, mixing until well blended.
Drop by well-rounded tablespoon onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. These cookies do not spread very much when baking, so I used the side of a spoon to flatten slightly.
Bake 15 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield about two dozen cookies ... well, at least I started with two dozen. Somebody has to do the sampling.
Then husband said, "Maybe you could make these even healthier by using applesauce instead of oil." I've made that swap before usually with good results, so I thought I would give it a try.
I strongly advise against that substitution.
That is, unless you enjoy nibbling on a cookie that bounces back against your teeth when you bite. The longer they sit, the more bouncing action you get ... kind of like I would imagine biting into a half-baked wafer of silly putty.
Stick with the original recipe, or do the egg swap if you like. Either way you should end up with a healthy enough cookie with a great sweet and fruity flavor.
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