Healthy oatmeal cookies – aren’t all oatmeal cookies healthy by virtue of the oatmeal? Ah… no.
Or maybe you’re thinking…isn’t a cookie NOT supposed to be healthy? Well, to be truthful, these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies would qualify as “healthier”, probably more than truly healthy. And let me tell you why that’s okay.
A cookie is a treat. Repeat. A TREAT. (MY) Definition of a treat? An occasional food that delights your taste buds with something you don’t normally eat much of, if any at all. Okay, it’s a kinda clunky definition, but you get what I mean, right? Bottom line, I don’t live on cookies, and neither should you (or your kids).
BUT, when I do eat a treat, I like to make it myself so I can control just how healthy it’ll be, and so I can keep out the biggest nutritional offenders that are often a huge part of commercially made treats (think high fructose corn syrup, margarine or shortening (trans-fat city!), butter, oil, chemical preservatives, artificial colors and a whole host of other crap).
- ½ cup almond butter
- ½ to ⅔ cup brown sugar (I prefer the ½ cup)
- ¼ cup applesauce
- 1 t vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup oat flour
- ⅓ cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ¼ t baking soda
- ¼ t baking powder
- ¼ t salt
- 1 cup rolled oats (not instant or quick cooking)
- ½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place almond butter, applesauce, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and use a whisk to combine well.
- Add the oat flour, wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a large spoon, mix until just combined.
- Add the rolled oats and chocolate chips and mix to combine. The batter will be very stiff.
- Scoop heaping tablespoons onto a parchment covered or lightly sprayed baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly with wet fingers. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes, until they are golden brown. Remove from oven, let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
So why are these healthy oatmeal cookies? Regular cookies are typically made with a lot of butter or oil, tons of sugar, and white flour. In this healthier oatmeal cookie recipe, almond butter and applesauce replace the oil or butter. Not only does this drastically reduce the fat content, but you also get the added fiber, vitamins and minerals instead of empty pure fat calories. Oat flour and whole wheat pastry flour provide more nutrition (and again, fiber) than refined white flour. And although there is refined sugar in this recipe, it is less than typical amounts. Of course, replacing the chocolate chips with raisins makes these healthier, so do that if you like (be sure to add 1/2 t cinnamon if you do).
So while these aren’t healthy enough to be eating for dinner, they are a reasonably healthy treat when your sweet tooth is calling. They’re so good you’ll want to eat them all, but please, just one!!