Healthy… Cookies?

Yup, that’s right… I made “healthy” cookies.  Who knew such a thing existed?!  I was sitting on the couch watching TV and working on the computer and suddenly wanted a cookie, but didn’t want to blow a whole bunch of “bad” calories on my craving.  Food.com came through with a Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie and it’s actually good.  Definitely wouldn’t take care of a chocolate chip cookie fix, but I liked them just fine and they do fulfill my sweets craving. 🙂

HEALTHY OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES

  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 c. oats (instant worked fine)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1 T. molasses or dark Karo syrup
  • 1 egg + 1 T. water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. raisins

Combine dry ingredients and set aside.  Whisk wet ingredients together and fold in dry ingredients.  Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.  Preheat oven to 335 degrees.  Drop batter by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets and bake for 10 -15 minutes.

I made bigger cookies (got 15 out of the recipe) and each one has about 175 calories.  Take 15×175 and you get 2,625 calories in the recipe.  If you make smaller cookies, divide 2,625 by how many cookies you get out of your recipe and that’s your number of calories per cookie.

While the calorie count may be a little high still, keep in mind that you’re using a monounsaturated fat (olive oil) instead of a polyunsaturated fat (vegetable oil) and since there is no white sugar or flour, you’re also only consuming complex carbs (unprocessed and ultimately, healthier, since processing removes vitamins and minerals).

Let me know what you think.  Enjoy!!! 🙂

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