Jan 18, 2012

healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

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I love oats.  They're pretty much my favorite grain.

(I know.  Most people don't have favorite grains. Or if they do, they don't talk about it, because people think they're crazy.  But it's true.  I'm unashamed to say that I, indeed, have a favorite grain.)

As warm oatmeal, cool overnight oats, in smoothies, in bars, in cookies...you can't go wrong with oats.  If you haven't learned to love them, you probably just haven't found the right recipes yet.  (Luckily, this streak is about to end.)

I had a hankering for baking tonight and once again, all I could think about was oats. 

I wanted to find a good oatmeal cookie recipe and I found a bunch that looked good, but were so unhealthy.  Finally, I came across this recipe.  Very little fat, less sugar than most, and best of all...loads of oats!

They turned out beautifully!  They're some of the best oatmeal cookies I've had (including all of the really unhealthy ones).  They're soft and chewy and surprisingly sweet with the chocolate chips.  Yum yum yum...

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe adapted from Baking Bites

-1 c flour
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-2 tbsp butter at room temperature
-1/3 c white sugar
-1/3 c brown sugar
-1 egg
-1/4 c unsweetened apple sauce
-1/2 tsp vanilla
-2 c quick cooking oats
-1 c chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  In a large bowl cream butter and sugars.  Beat in the egg, then applesauce and vanilla.  By hand, stir in the flour mixture and the oats.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.  Cook until edges are light brown.  Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before moving cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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