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Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

June 30, 2010 by Melanie Zook

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies, you ask?  Don’t get me wrong.  These are still cookies & best enjoyed as an occasional indulgence.  But the added nutrition from the whole wheat flour, walnuts, oats, and dark chocolate chips certainly doesn’t hurt.  Even a portion of the butter is substituted with applesauce (& see the Variations, below, for even more healthy options).




Try replacing all of the butter with ½ cup pureed pumpkin + ¼ cup organic (so non-GMO) canola oil. While I’m not against butter, a little extra vitamin A + fiber (+ omega-3s from the canola oil) gives them a nutrient-rich boost. I needed to add a bit more whole wheat flour (about ½ cup), but they turned out great. There was a slight pumpkin flavor, but it combined well with the oatmeal, walnuts & chocolate.

You could omit the white sugar, especially if using applesauce & pureed pumpkin, and adding dried fruit.

And/or skip the chocolate altogether (gasp!) and substitute a mix of dried cranberries, raisins & golden raisins.

If you give these a try, and find an additional way to tweak them to make them healthier, boost their nutrition, etc., do tell!