In fact, my oatmeal cookies are almost too good-for-you to be called a “cookie.”
Whether you’re looking for healthy oatmeal raisin cookies, banana oatmeal cookies or even peanut butter oatmeal cookies, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how to make oatmeal cookies the healthy way.
How healthy? Every single ingredient in these cookies is good for you!
And research over the past 40 years shows that oat bran’s soluble fiber is one of the top five cholesterol lowering foods for a super healthy heart.
Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe
These tasty homemade oatmeal cookies aren’t just healthy; they’ll also give you a lasting sense of fullness and excellent energy. The easy recipe below makes 36 chewy oatmeal cookies with 73 calories for each cookie.
3 ripe bananas
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
A pinch of salt
2 tablespoons organic butter, melted
2 ½ cups rolled oats
1 Tablespoon oat bran
2 Tablespoons protein powder (casein, soy or whey)
1 cup chopped raisins,
½ cup broken almonds, pecans or walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Melt the butter on stove burner in a metal measuring cup. Mash the bananas in a large bowl.
3. Stir in applesauce, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, butter and eggs. When well mixed, stir in oat bran, protein powder, rolled oats, dried fruit and nuts.
4. Mix well and allow it to sit for 15 minutes, while oats absorb mixture.
5. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets with butter. Drop the cookie mixture onto the pans (18 cookies per sheet, totaling 36 cookies). Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cookies are brown on their bottoms.
Variation #1: Use dates, dried apples or dried apricots instead of raisins.
Variation #2: If you want a sweeter cookie, add several packets of stevia or some other non-caloric low-glycemic sweetener to the recipe.
Variation #3: For peanut butter oatmeal cookies, leave out the butter and nuts. Add ¾ cup chunky peanut butter to the mashed bananas and mix in thoroughly before adding the rest of the ingredients. Although these cookies don’t have a strong peanut butter flavor, they’re still delicious and nutritious. Makes 36 cookies with 86 calories for each cookie.
Whether you decide on raisin oatmeal cookies, apricot or peanut butter, these healthy oatmeal cookies make great healthy snacks and desserts.