Thursday, January 24, 2013

Low Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


I’m not one for counting calories. To be honest, it makes me feel a bit dirty. (And not in the way I like). But I do love foods that focus on health instead of weight loss, and that’s exactly what these cookies do.



Using minimal butter, a banana, and reduced sugar, my family couldn’t tell these weren’t their usual decadent fare. I suspect the cookies could even be made more healthy with some whole wheat flour or maybe some sugar substitutions. But you know, everything in moderation.



Just don't be a jerk and add raisins to them. (I'm totally kidding - please do that to your friends and children. We all must go through the sadness and disappointment).






Low Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Skinny Taste

Ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unpacked brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large banana, mashed
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups quick oats
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350F, and prepare baking sheets with the usual suspects: parchment, grease, or a silicone baking mat.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars on medium. Add the egg, banana and vanilla and mix until things are a little bit fluffy and light.

Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, giving it a quick stir, then add the oats. Mix until well combined, and then gently fold in the chocolate chips.

Drop the batter about 1-2 tablespoons at a time onto the baking sheets, and press down slightly. Not like with peanut butter cookies, but give the damn things a tap or a thumb to the middle so they bake nice and even, okay?

This is the easy part: bake for 10-13 minutes, until they begin to turn a little golden brown. But don’t overcook them, lest you want hockey puck cookies.

8 comments:

  1. Hi~ I'd like to make these cookies tomorrow, but i have some questions. How many cookies did the recipe make? and do you think it would be okay to freeze some dough to bake another day? Thank you!

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    1. I got about two dozen out of it. And I haven't tried freezing the dough, but it usually works. :)

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  2. Wow! A low fat oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe! I’ve been craving for sweets lately but when I read the recent study that eating too much sweet can damage one’s brain cells. That’s why I decided to trim my sugar rush and turn to low fat foods like this one.

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  3. I made them this morning and turned out great. You can't taste the banana once they are cooked. It yielded 26 cookies and they are husband approved!

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  4. Hi Leanne, wow these cookies look amazing!

    May I ask: Why did you swap the applesauce (from skinny taste version) to a banana? Is there a specific reason? Does it improve the texture or so?

    Thanks :-)

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    1. Mainly convenience and personal preference. :) We always have an older banana or two hanging around the house (or freezer) but applesauce gets eaten right away. I also really like them in baking!

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  5. I just stumbled upon your blog and this amazing recipe !
    I made just a couple of adjustments:
    gluten free flour and oats; instead of the 1/4 c. of reg. sugar I subsituted unsweetened applesauce; added 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 T. instant coffee. Also: used dark chocolate squares that I rough chopped.

    An incredible recipe !!! Totally yummy. Will make these again for sure !!

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