When my mother baked oatmeal cookies, she made them with whichever brand of margarine happened to be on sale. Those cookies were a legend in our family. She had several varieties. Some were made with honey, while others used different sugars. Mom added various ingredients. She used candy chips, fruits, and nuts. Some cookies were chewy and others had a wonderful crispness.
With the research done on oils, particularly margarine that uses hydrogenated fats, there might be a better oil to use. Lately, there have been many articles about different types of oils. One oil that is being touted for its health benefits is coconut oil. There is actually very little empirical research that backs the claims for the miraculous properties of coconut oil. More research needs to be completed to justify the health claims. What we do know is that it is a medium chain saturated fat. While it raises the good cholesterol, it also raises the bad, however, it does this proportionately. So, it isn’t terrible to cook with. It makes superior baked products. Plus, it has a different taste from olive oil. There are many things that I love to cook with olive oil, desserts are not included on this list!
Healthy Oatmeal Cookies are a rich tasting cookie that is made from natural ingredients. There is quite a bit of fiber in these tasty bites! They are perfect to eat with a good sandwich meal.
These cookies can be a part of a healthy sandwich meal. It can be a meal on the run, with a sandwich, raw vegetable sticks, juice, and cookies. You may also make these a part of a more elegant and leisurely sandwich meal. Serve a sandwich with a salad, fruit, and cookies for dessert.
Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
1 cup coconut oil (I use Carrington Farms brand. It is unrefined and organic.)
¼ cup butter
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
¾ cup turbinado sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
¼ cup blue agave nectar
1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour (I use Wheat Montana brand.)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup raisins or you may use craisins
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Add the coconut oil and butter together with the brown sugar and turbinado sugar. Beat the mixture until it is well-combined. Mix in the vanilla, cinnamon, egg, and agave nectar. Beat this mixture until it is fluffy. Combine the flour, soda, and salt. Stir them into the shortening and egg mixture until they are just mixed. Add the oats, raisins, and walnuts. Stir them in until they are combined with the flour and wet ingredients.
If you want thicker cookies, chill the dough. Bake the dough for 9-10 minutes to get a chewy cookie. For thinner and crispier cookies, bake the dough without refrigerating it. For very crispy cookies the dough may be baked 11-12 minutes. Watch the cookies, so that they don’t get too brown.
Place cookie dough balls that are one-inch in diameter on a light colored cookie sheet. I use thin aluminum cookie sheets. Do not flatten the cookie balls; they will spread out as they bake. Bake the cookies in the oven for the time required to make your perfect cookies
After removing the cookies from the oven, let them stand on the cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes. Then, loosen or remove them using a spatula. You may put them on wire racks or leave the loosened cookies on the cookie sheets to cool. Let the cookies cool until they become firm. At this point, you may take them off the sheets without the cookies breaking. This recipe makes about 6 dozen cookies.
Sandwich Meals On-the-Go
*Ham Salad Sandwich–carrot sticks–Healthy Oatmeal Cookies–juice
*Vegan Tofu Salad Sandwich–celery sticks–Healthy Oatmeal Cookies–juice (If you are serving this cookie to somebody who has vegan dietary choices, omit the butter from the cookies and substitute all coconut oil.)
*Roast Beef Saucy Sandwich–cucumber rounds–Healthy Oatmeal Cookies–juice
Leisurely Sandwich Meals
*Double Cheese Grilled Turkey Sandwich Recipe–Broccoli Salad Side Dish–sliced pears–Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
*Italian Beef Burger Recipe–Easy Low Carb Spinach Salad–grapes--Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
*Easy Tostadas and Fresh Salsa Recipe–Marinated Vegetable Salad–tangerine or orange sections–Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
These cookies make a perfect ending to a delicious sandwich meal. Sometimes you want just a taste of dessert, while at other times, you might feel like indulging yourself. It is easy to control portions with Healthy Oatmeal Cookies. Eat one cookie or many!
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