I love the look on people’s faces whenever they see freshly baked cookies. No words, no smiles, just a gimme gimme gimme look, also known as the get in my belly look. I’ve kind of prided myself on perfecting my chocolate chip cookie and sugar cookie recipes, but haven’t made them in years since I’ve tried to eat healthier. Back to the recipe after the jump.
This week my Magnolia Story book came in the mail! I flipped. I’m almost done reading it, and a few chapters in I’d already cried twice. I freaked out about it so much my bookish husband was considering reading it. Joanna and Chip so delve into their personal lives that it really hit a nerve with me. They talk about all of the circumstances that helped them discover who they were created to be… To stop acting or being afraid of the future, and to trust in each other and in Jesus. I loved all of their stories about how things would seemingly go all wrong, like going to jail, but if those events hadn’t transpired, they wouldn’t have Magnolia Homes or their hit show Fixer Upper. I love this verse, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
I decided to get back at it after taking a bit of a break in the cookie baking department, and I’m so glad I did! The downfall is that every time I go into the kitchen to grab a notepad or a glass of water, I, in auto mode, grab a cookie, go back down to sit, and then remember why I got up in the first place. Thankfully, I made each cookie quite small for this very reason!
I seriously adapted this cookie recipe and made it my own, as it incorporates really healthy ingredients like flax, applesauce, oats, and raisins. This recipe is great for Type 1 diabetics, or yuan qi deficient persons. It’s a denser cookie, but I dare say you will enjoy.
**Baking notes: I decided to top these cookies with frosting because 1) I love frosting 2) the cookies turned out very healthy-tasting if you catch my drift. Some people don’t mind that, but I knew that would tip my husband off and he’d cry foul, so I added the frosting. I got my Miss Jones organic frosting at Sprout’s Market on sale for 2/$7. It’s a great tasting frosting, you’d never know it was healthier than a normal store-bought one. Looking at the ingredients in Miss Jones, here’s a similar recipe, except they use agave syrup, tapioca syrup, and palm oil. Actually, I probably could have saved $2 just making the frosting myself.
If you don’t want the frosting but still want a regular-tasting cookie, my tip is to replace the applesauce with brown sugar if you want it to taste like a regular sugary cookie.
Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies– good for diabetics
- 1 cup room temperature Earth Balance “butter” (or if you don’t care, use regular butter)
- 1 1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
- 2 flax eggs, omitting 4 Tbs. water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon honey or lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (or use gluten-free flour if desired)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup raisins
- Miss Jones organic vanilla frosting, or Pamela’s frosting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Make your flax eggs. In a medium bowl, cream together the Earth Balance and apple sauce until smooth. Stir in the flax eggs, vanilla and lemon juice. Sift together the flour, baking soda and cinnamon, gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Finally, stir in the rolled oats and raisins.
- Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto unprepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies start to brown. I like to flatten the cookies with the back of a spatula when done. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.
- When cool, spread frosting on each cookie. Place rack in fridge to allow frosting to harden. Refrigerate to store.