Healthy Recipes for Moms

Minimize your dinnertime craziness!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (or Raisin) Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp baking powder (no-sodium baking powder if you can find it)

5 tablespoons applesauce (drain some of the moisture out with some paper towels first)

2 large eggs

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour (or just use another cup of all-purpose if you don’t have whole wheat flour)

2 cups regular oats

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, or raisins to be healthier

Parchment paper (optional)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Beat the first 8 ingredients at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add flour and oats to mixture, and beat until blended. Stir in the raisins or chocolate chips. Drop by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets, coated with cooking spray (or use parchment paper instead of spraying). Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on pan for 3 minutes, then move the cookies to wire cooling racks. Makes 4 dozen. Store in airtight container.

Notes for moms:

1. Trader Joe’s makes the best semi-sweet chocolate chips for cookies. I don’t know what it is about these chips, but they are better than any others I have tried.

2. Did you know that baking soda and baking powder are loaded with sodium? Health food stores sell no-sodium baking powders, but I haven’t seen no-sodium baking soda.

3. I know this recipe doesn’t look very healthy, but I think the butter is about 1/2 of what a normal 48-cookie recipe would call for, and adding the whole wheat flour and oats helps too.

4. If you’ve never tried parchment paper for cookies, you might want to try it. It prevents sticking and burning, and given the lower fat of these cookies, it’s probably a good idea to use it.

This recipe is modified from Cooking Light 2000.

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November 21, 2007 - Posted by | Cookies | , , , , , ,

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