oatmeal raisin cookies are like the ugly stepchild of cookies; always taking the back seat to the beloved chocolate chip cookie.
i never thought i would see the day when i admit to loving oatmeal raisin cookies, but ever since having one from tim horton’s a couple years ago, i’ve been hooked.
as good as the tim’s cookies are, i know they are loaded with a ton of sugar. since i’m always looking for a healthier way to make the foods i love, yesterday i decided to try out a sugar-free oatmeal raisin cookie recipe and was more than happy with the result.
not only are these cookies filling, they are the perfect thing to grab when you are craving something sweet, without putting yourself in a sugar coma. like i mentioned in this post, i’ve given up chocolate, chips, and cupcakes for lent, so a batch of these are exactly what i need right about now.
ingredients (serves 2 dozen):
1 cup raisins
1 peeled & grated apple
1 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup applesauce
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1&1/2 cup cooking oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
**1 tablespoon maple syrup (if desired)
**(i decided not to add any sugar or sugar substitutes, but if you feel like you need to add a little sugar kick to these cookies, try adding 1 tablespoon of maple syrup to sweeten them up).
- in a medium saucepan, combine raisins, apples, and water. bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes. remove from heat and stir in butter and applecause. set aside to cool.
- in a medium bowl, stir together the flour and baking soda. stir in vanilla, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple mixture. fold in the oats.
- cover bowl with lid/aluminum foil and leave in freezer while preheating over.
- preheat oven to 350 degrees. grease cookie sheet.
- once oven is preheated, remove bowl from freezer and drop rounded spoonfuls of mixture onto prepared cookie sheet.
- bake for 8 to 10 minutes. allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
don’t forget to follow me on twitter & facebook: @thefitpalette
“no one is born a great cook. one learns by doing.”