I. Need. A. Cookie. NOW.
Don’t lie- you’ve been there. Everybody has experienced that kind of a day. The kind where you want to grab a package of E.L. Fudge double-stuffed cookies on the way home and just sit on the couch, watching old Grey’s Anatomy re-runs, while you eat 4/5’s of the package. Not that I’ve ever done that.
I’m trying to stay away from packaged “junk-food,” rationalizing that if I reeeeally want something badly enough, I should have to make it myself. Especially when you can substitute some healthier items… flax seed or applesauce for oil, whole wheat flour instead of bleached, natural sugar cane instead of white sugar.
These are pretty dang good for “diet” healthy cookies, except for one point: they’re fugly. Seriously. Once you get past that, they’re great! I looooove the dark chocolate chips, and the fact that the sucanat and vanilla combined make them taste a bit like cookie dough.
CE oatmeal chocolate chip cookies [aka Fugly Cookies]
adapted from The Cleaning Eating Mama
Note: This is clearly irrational, but there is something … pretentious?… in my mind about writing “organic” in front of every.single.ingredient. Use organic when you can, as much as you can, for a plethora of reasons. But if you can’t afford or find organic honey or oats or whatever, this recipe will still go on. :)
Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, add applesauce and sugar and mix until creamy. Add egg, vanilla, honey and oil. Mix well.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Slowly add the dry to wet, mixing until moist. Mix in the oats, and if needed, add more oats or flour to get your preferred consistency. Add the chocolate chips at the end.
Drop by spoonfuls onto a parchment paper-lined cooking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
Serves: About 2 dozen cookies (if you don’t eat any batter! I got 22 cookies :)
And finally, the most impressive part of this cookie- the nutrition information:
only 85 calories and 2.5 g. fat, with 2.5 g. protein,18 g. carbs, and 2 g. dietary fiber per cookie!
YES! You can have your cookie without falling off the bandwagon!