Wednesday, January 26, 2011

An Oatmeal Treat that's Healthy and Sweet

Nosh N' Nutrition readers, in my last post I mentioned starting another blog about my adventures in "do-it-yourself" projects and home decor crafts. Well I did it. My new blog is up and running. Although there is only one lonely post so far, I would love for you to check out Crafty Couture and let me know what you think. With this blog as well, I love getting feedback from my readers so comments are always welcome.

Cookies are generally recognized as a fat laden baked treat. A common misconception is that a cookie loaded with oats and raisins is more healthy than a chocolate chip or sugar cookie. While the oats and raisins are not the problem, oatmeal raisin cookies contain the same amount of fat and sugar as other cookies. In an attempt for a big, soft, chewy cookie with lower fat and calories, I decided to whip up a batch of Hungry Girl's Oatmeal Raisin Softies. This recipe uses light butter, applesauce, and egg beaters to create significantly lower stats. Not only are the nutrition facts impressive, but the flavor and texture are equally as great. Often, a cookie deemed "healthy" or "only 100 calories" can be advertised in that way because of the tiny size or portion. I just can't justify 100 calories for a quarter-sized treat. These cookies are large and soft and chewy. They are also filling as each cookie contains 2g of fiber. This would be a great addition to your kids lunch box. Let them help bake the cookies to be a part of part of making a tasty, nutritious treat.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
from Hungry Girl
serves 12

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups regular oats
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed)
1/4 cup Splenda (or Truvia)
1/4 cup light butter
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup egg beaters
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, Splenda, butter, applesauce, egg beaters, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly with a wire whisk.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until completely mixed and smooth.
  4. Add oats and raisins and mix until are thoroughly coated with the batter.
  5. Spoon batter onto baking sheet in evenly spaced mounds. Using the back of the spoon, flatten batter into circles about 3 1/2" wide.
  6. Bake for 12-13 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cookie comes out clean.
Nutrition: 125 calories, 24g carbohydrate, 3g protein, 3g fat, 2g fiber, 2 weight watchers points

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1 comments:

Show Me Mama said...

Wow, that looks yummy. I have to try this out since I love, love oatmeal. Thanks for sharing this healthy snack. I am your new follower as well. You can visit me at http://showmemama.com. Make sure you leave a comment so I know you visited.

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