Cookies, Bars, and other Sweet Things

An Oatmeal Raisin Cookie of My Own

I am probably a little nutty (just ask my boyfriend) but oatmeal raisin cookies are to me what Oreos are to many, many other people. They are my absolute favorite cookie. Because of this, I am somewhat of an oatmeal raisin snob. DO NOT EVER ask me to eat a prepackaged one. Only homemade, and hopefully right out of the oven warm, will do. So I was feeling like Betty Crocker the other night, and decided to see if could create my own semi-healthy version so that I don’t feel so bad about eating them all myself. They actually turned out quite good, and I got the seal approval from a baker friend, so I can share the recipe with all of you.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Splenda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (I’m always a little more heavy handed with the cinnamon than I say)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line/grease cookie sheet. Mix softened butter and sugars together. Add in egg and vanilla and mix well. Mix in all spices and baking powder until well blended and mostly smooth. Add in flours slowly, mixing well. Gently fold in raisins and oats. Spoon cookie batter onto sheet, pressing down slightly on each cookie. Bake for approximately 11 minutes.

*Should make about 20 cookies depending on how big your spoonfuls are, and how much batter you eat while prepping!

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Kinda Chewy Granola Bars

I’m currently on a “make everything healthier” kick just to see how creative I can get. Today I decided to make my own granola bars using little sugar or butter. I also was looking to cut down on fat, so i used applesauce and I’m pretty happy with the results. Most bars I have seen use honey and/or peanut butter to help bind them, so this is definitely a bit out of the box, but good nonetheless.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Quick Oats
  • 14oz. can Fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or you could add any other dried fruit)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 9×13 glass baking dish with tin foil. (I also sprayed with Pam)

Here’s the real easy part- mix all of the ingredients together in one big bowl. I started using a spoon to mix…just use your bare hands. It makes life so much simpler. Once everything is mixed together well, spread evenly into pan. Flatten with spatula.

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Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool and then cut into bars.

They’re kinda chewy, so my bars didn’t hold together like what you expect in a packaged granola bar. But remember, it’s not all about looks…Enjoy!!

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One of my favorites…Pumpkin Cookies

(I LOVE ALL THINGS PUMPKIN, ALL THE TIME)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt ( I usually don’t measure this and just sprinkle a little)
  • 6 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. Splenda (yes, I use splenda and if that freaks you out then just choose a different sugar substitute.)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 Tbsp. almond milk
  • 4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine all dry ingredients and then add in the wet. Spoon onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Easy! Delicious! And not terrible for you!

Original recipe can be found at http://www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com (I have changed some of the ingredients and portions in the recipe to suit me better)


Healthy-er Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 6 Tbsp. granulated Splenda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (or white, or any other flavor you like)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup reduced sugar almond milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease/line a cookie sheet (I use tin foil and Pam Spray). Mix all dry ingredients together. Add in vanilla extract and coconut oil and start stirring slowly. Mix in almond milk in increments until your mixture becomes a dough ball. Form smaller balls out of the large one and place evenly on cookie sheet. Should make 15-20 cookies depending on the size you make each one. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown. The cookies don’t flatten out, so they may still appear undone. Let cool and enjoy!

Estimated macros: 9c/4f/1.5p per cookie (based on 20 cookie batch)

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