I admit, I have a serious sweet tooth-and yet I know that this has to be kept under some control. Lately I've been having an insane craving for oatmeal cookies, but a lot of recipes for oatmeal cookies call for at least two sticks of butter. Believe me I'm a fan of butter, but I like to spread out my butter/oil consumption through out the day-and not be done with it in just a couple of bites. So this morning after dropping the kids off at school I got in the kitchen to do some experimenting.
My goal was to make a good oatmeal cookie, with less fat but that also had a bit of a nutritional punch. Basically I took a standard cookie recipe and made appropriate substitutions.
Another goal I wanted with this recipe was to use less flour. I replaced some of the flour with super fine grated coconut (pictured above) and I also added flax seeds. When the cookies came out of the oven I couldn't resist and had to try one right away. Being very hot, the texture reminded me of small oatmeal cakes, but as they cooled a nice slight crunch developed. After school the kids ate them and then asked for more-which I see as a good indication that I'll be making these again (and maybe I'll try a few more tweaks, you know me :)
here's the recipe~
1 cup of super, super fine coconut
1 and 3/4 cups of old fashioned oats
3/4 cups of sugar (I used a combo sucanat and raw sugar)
1/4 cup of flour
2 tsp of baking powder (next time I'll reduce this to 1 tsp)
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 cup of golden flax seeds
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
4 tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons of peanut butter (or any nut butter)
1/4 cup of applesauce
1 tsp of vanilla
Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
Beat eggs and stir in cooled melted butter, peanut butter, applesauce, sugar and vanilla-combine until well mixed. In another bowl place dry ingredients and combine very well also. Take mixed dry ingredients and add gradually to the egg/butter/sugar mixture. Stir all ingredients together. Spoon drop cookies on cookie sheet bake for 10-15 minutes (when tops are a bit golden) at 350 degrees.
(I also think adding raisins, or some other dried fruit would be great, but my youngest has thing about cooked raisins).