Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (And Healthy, Too!)

 

So as I’ve mentioned, the hubs & I are trying to be good, food-wise.  However, it proves difficult a lot of the time because we’re pretty social creatures (in our circles, anyway—I know plenty folks that would consider us total introverts), which means that we always seem to be eating out at restaurants with friends or family, or on Date Nights.  And while I doubt that will change much in the next few months, we will be trying to make healthier choices & have healthier options around the house.

And here is one of my favorites.  It’s no secret that I have a sweet tooth (just look at my “tags” section—’chicken’ & ‘dessert’ are the two most common tags), so having some sort of sweet treat in the house is a necessity.  But sweets don’t have to be awful for you.

This recipe is based off my mom’s, with some changes to boost the health value.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat bran
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raisins

Directions:

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the first 6 ingredients together & stir, then add in the applesauce, syrup, sugar, eggs, and vanilla; beat well to combine.

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Then fold in the oats & raisins. (Note: you can also add in chopped pecans or walnuts, or swap the raisins for dried cranberries/cherries if you like—just note that adding nuts will change the calorie count a bit.)

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Drop by the spoonful onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, and bake for 12-15 minutes.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.

NutriFacts: (per cookie)

  • Calories 81
  •   Total Fat 0.8 g
  •   Saturated Fat 0.2 g
  •   Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
  •   Monounsaturated Fat 0.4 g
  •   Cholesterol 10.9 mg
  •   Sodium 95.9 mg
  •   Potassium 132.5 mg
  •   Total Carbohydrate 22.9 g
  •   Dietary Fiber 2.1 g (8.5%)
  •   Sugars 10.6 g
  •   Protein 1.8 g
  •   Magnesium 7.6 %
  •   Manganese 36.3 %
  •   Phosphorus 8.5 %
  •   Thiamin 10.2 %

2 comments:

  1. These look delicious! I love that they are a treat but still healthy :)

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