real food. real life.
I consider myself a pretty healthy eater. We eat mostly organic and local. I am super adamant that every meal have at least half a plate's worth of veggies/fruit. We have meatless meals quite often, and because of my dairy deal, we often eat vegan food and try lots of new veggies with our CSA. There hasn't been white or brown sugar in the house in years and stocking the cupboards with sweets is out of the question. I also have a crazy amount of will power, which means we totally stick to our meal planning and all that lovely stuff. I'm crazy headstrong when it comes to things I set my mind to. Eating healthy is just one of them. And boy do I take it seriously!
But, you know, sooner or later you're going to want cookies.
This week I wanted cookies
And not just regular cookies, I wanted chewy soft oatmeal raisin cookies. The kind that are normally made with copious amounts of butter and brown sugar.... yeah... problem there!
So, I tweaked a couple recipes to satisfy both my craving for something sweet and cookie-like and my desire for a somewhat healthier version without the dairy and refined sugar. After a few attempts, and some definite fails, I give you this recipe.
Sweetened with apple sauce and maple syrup, it has a good sweetness (add more if you want it sweeter) but soft centre to keep it chewy. My tip - don't let them bake too long. They will dry out! Also - try, if you have time, to soak your raisins in a bit of warm water for about 10-15 minutes before using. They will become juicier and not dry up your ingredients. Be sure to drain the water, of course.
Makes approximately 24 cookies
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups flour of choice
3 cups oats (rolled or quick-cook)
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup raisins (soaked, if possible - see note above)
What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit. Grease cookie sheets with a little oil or butter, whatever you have.
2. Mix eggs, applesauce, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla together in a large bowl.
3. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt together in another bowl. Then, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir to combine.
4. Lastly, add oatmeal to the mixture, followed by raisins. Fold mixture together until sticky and cookie-doughy :)
5. Drop rounded spoonfuls onto the greased cookie sheets. Press down a bit to flatten. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or when cookies are slightly browned. Remove and cool on wire rack. Store in an air-tight container to preserve chewiness!
We really cooked these things. From scratch. On weeknights. And we even had time to do the dishes.
They have real, simple ingredients that you'll find in your cupboards. They're healthy and delicious. No lies.
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