Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Healthy Cookie Diet

Have you heard of the Cookie Diet?
I would love to know how a plan like that would work. If I could eat cookies all the time and lose weight, that would be glorious.....

Recently, my daughter was working on a Girl Scout Project for a healthy snack. Since she adores cookies, I said "Why not try to make a super healthy lowfat cookie, like they advertise on TV". Together we came up with a delicious alternative, somewhat like a granola bar. The taste testers at the meeting, were not as thrilled as I was of course. They don't count their calories like the older generation does. They did admit to them being tasty, but nothing they would go to the trouble of baking. They prefer their OREOS, after all!

If your looking for a LowFat Diet Cookie, Give these a try!


HEALTHY OATMEAL COOKIES
Ingredients:
Dry ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups of Large Flake Rolled Oats (smaller flake is ok too)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp of Flaxseed
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg (optional)
Wet ingredients
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup applesauce
1 Tablespoon Molasses
1 egg (beat with 1 Tbsp Water)
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts


Preparation:
**In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
**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).
**Mix the wet stuff with the dry stuff. Add the raisins and walnuts and mix. If the mixture seems too wet, add a bit of flour. If it isn't binding together very well, you may wish to add an egg white.
**COOL the mix for 20 minutes in the fridge.
**Preheat the oven to 335 degrees (lower temperature due to the honey in the recipe which will burn more easily).
**Drop by teaspoonfuls onto your baking sheet (I recommend lining the baking sheet with parchment paper). Press down with a fork to ensure even cooking.
**Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes or until golden on the bottom of the cookie. The cookies freeze very well and make a great snack! Enjoy.

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