Healthy Cookies?

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Oxymoron? Not anymore.

Brady and I have been doing a little workout program lately. It’s called P90X. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Or maybe you’re familiar with this guy:

Yeah, we hang out with Tony Horton every day now…on our TV or in the gym on a computer screen. And aside from learning how to “Bring It”… we’ve also had to learn how to put ourselves on a diet. We’ve been eating a lot more fresh veggies, a lot fewer processed foods, and a LOT less sugar. To paraphrase Tony himself: a good body is like a sports car, and sports cars have to run on good fuel. This “sports car fuel” approach has actually turned out to be quite rewarding. We’ve been forced to try new recipes and different methods of cooking that don’t involve oil or butter (yes, it is possible, and quite tasty). We’ve weaned ourselves from creamy, cheesy sauces, and opted for lighter, but equally flavorful choices (like pesto with chicken broth and lemon juice rather than olive oil). We’ve also been bypassing dessert more often. This one has bothered me.

You see, something in my culinary life has been missing over the past seven weeks. With our new, wholesome, no-sugar-added diet, I’ve been feeling trapped in a world of savory dishes. No desserts in the house. I haven’t been able to make cakes, cookies…not even so much as a pan of brownies! My poor oven has been feeling somewhat neglected, and I’ve been itching to BAKE something for WEEKS!

Today I finally snapped. I needed to bake something (what a strange urge to have…I’m sure Brady wishes I had it more often). I had enough restraint to prevent myself from making a chocolate cake. But I did find an amazing cookie recipe online. And get this: NO SUGAR ADDED! I even used applesauce instead of oil, so these little drops of heaven are fat-free too! Am I good or what? (Okay, I didn’t invent the recipe, but hey, I’m still new to this “baking healthy” thing.)

Here it is (I made some adaptations, the original one can be found here):

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies (with Honey)

Ingredients (this yields about 2 dozen cookies):

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed or diced

Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together. (Hint: when measuring out the honey, spray the measuring cup with oil or baking spray–your honey won’t stick…genius!).
  3. Mix the wet stuff with the dry stuff. If the mixture seems too wet (mine was for some reason), add a Tablespoon or so of flour.
  4. COOL the mix for 20 minutes in the fridge.
  5. Preheat the oven to 335 degrees (odd temperature, I know, but apparently honey burns more easily than sugar, so you have to cook it at a lower temperature).
  6. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto your baking sheet (I used a silicon baking mat to line mine…parchment paper works too).
  7. Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes or until golden on the bottom.

Ta-daaa!

As you can see, mine turned out very round and fluffy. The original recipe suggests pressing the dough balls down with a fork before they go in the oven, so they’re flatter. I think I might try that next time, but these are still A-mazing! Thanks to the folks at wholegraingourmet.com for posting something that gives hope to us newly reformed health-conscious bakers.