Monday, February 05, 2007

Yummy, healthy oatmeal cookies

Oatmeal Cookies With Cherries
Prevention’s The Sugar Solution Cookbook Copyright 2006

1 cup whole grain pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 large egg I had to use a jumbo egg since that's all I had
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
¾ cup dried cherries I only had a small bit of dried cherries so I cut them in half.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat 2 large baking sheets with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar and granulated sugar, applesauce, oil, egg and vanilla. Stir until well-blended. Add the flour mixture and stir until combined. Stir in the oats and cherries.

Drop the batter by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2” apart, onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand on the baking sheets for 2 minutes before removing to a rack to cool completely.

Makes 30. Per cookie: 43 cal, 1 g pro, 7 g carbs, 1 g fat, 5 mg chol, 80 mg sodium, 1 g fiber

I like to have a somewhat healthy baked good on hand every week and this week I chose this recipe. It's from Prevention's Sugar Solution Cookbook. I also have the book this cookbook is a companion to but I haven't gotten around to reading it, to be honest. I believe it's similar to the GI Diet but I'm not 100% sure. All I know if both my husband and I have family with Type II Diabetes so make it a point to pick up cookbooks that deal with blood sugar issues.

These cookies were delicious. I really liked the flavor and the texture. They spread quite a bit, turning out very flat and they were somehow both chewy and crunchy at the same time. I didn't have many dried cherries so I cut them up so there were just small bits of cherries in these, which I actually think is better since dried cherries (at least the ones I had) can be quite tart and I prefer that tartness in smaller bites.

My son is feeling better today but it was a long weekend. If I had a nickel for everytime I heard 'I need a huggie' or 'My boogers fall out my nose' (translation: I need a tissue), I could quit my day job and blog full-time without ads. Hopefully I'll get to the cookbook drawing sometime today.

Blast From The Past: Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies from April 2006. Another thin, delicious cookie.

Question of the Day: Does anyone close to you have Type II diabetes?


Lawn Mower Queen said...

Do I count? If I don't count then my mom and dad are both type II as well as my dad's twin brother.

Mine would go away if I would lose some weight. Biiiiiiiiig IF.

Your cookies look delicious! I love anything with cherries.

Randi said...

I have it!! It really sucks. I've finally gotten by blood sugars under control. When I was in law school, I was in major denial about having diabetes. I'd come home from work at noon, eat lunch( not watching my carbs) and then crash because I hate too many carbs. Id sleep for 2hrs. I felt horrible.

DancesInGarden said...

Add me to the list, as well as my father. I used to think I got only the bad genetic material from both parents, then realized that I would have been up the crick no matter what half I got from whom.

Poor, poor DD. She is gonna be in the same boat LOL.

Heather said...

Well, now I have another kind of flour to buy! These cookies look great and just want I need for my weight loss efforts. I will tell you the calorie count on these beat many of the store cookies and these look great!!

Both my mother's parents had diabetes.

Gramma Kathie said...

I don't have diabetes, but my husband has to avoid sugar for another health problem. We have discovered (and been experimenting with) can find it in health food store. It measures and sweetens just like sugar, but has fewer calories and more importantly a very low glycemic index. I would think it would be worth checking into for diabetics! It works great for baking! I'm going to try Xylitol in this recipe.....I'll let you know how it works! Thanks for the recipe!

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Unknown said...

At midnight, I decided to do impromptu baking and went on the search for a healthy oatmeal cookie. This came up and I'm so glad I tried it; the taste is delicious with the vanilla and cinnamon and the dough is substantial with the oats and wheat.

I didn't have baking powder, so I used more baking soda and a bit of buttermilk per the online suggestion of a baking power replacement. They didn't flatten out and become crisp like the picture at all [mainly because of this replacement], but these delightful mounds are a great treat and a keeper!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this recipe. I just tried it (I couldn't find pastry flour, so I used King Arthur whole grain wheat)...they are good! They are hearty yet still sweet enough to be cookies. Wooo!

Nichole Worthy said...

I added a lot more applesauce, substituted the sugar for Splenda, and used cranberries and baked it in a pan. DELICIOUS!!!!

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