So lately I have been craving sweets like mad, as evident by my last two Sunday recipes – Greek Yogurt Cookie Dough and Strawberries & Cream Protein Muffins, but work hard to try and find healthy alternatives to reign in the cravings. (Alternatives which do not include eating an entire jar of PB&Co. White Chocolate Wonderful at 10pm when your AC breaks, it is suddenly 84 degrees in your house, and you have a mental breakdown about how much it will cost to fix.) Recently I have been seeing recipes all over the blogosphere for oat based cookies with no added sugar or butter. I decided to try them myself and see how they turned out.
Skinny Oatmeal Raisin Cooks Ingredients:
– 1/2 cup oats
– 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
– 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
– 1/8 cup raisinsSkinny Oatmeal Raisin Cooks Directions:
– preheat oven to 350 degrees
– spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray
– mix all 4 ingredients together
– spoon into 8 tablespoon size dough balls
(The dough will be a different consistency, no sugar, butter, etc. – don’t worry – just go for it.)
– bake 15 minutes (Cookies will brown slightly as seen below on the right.)
These cookies were super easy to make, probably 20 minutes from the time I walked into the kitchen until the time they came out of my oven, perfect for when I get a sudden dessert craving. On top of that the ingredients are things I usually have in the house so I wouldn’t have to run out to get anything. I was surprised that I really enjoyed them because after seeing the way the “dough” looked I was skeptical.
Also, the calorie count rocks! Only 34 calories per cookie and if worse comes to worse and you eat the whole plate (I am sure that will happen to me at least once) you only had 268 calories of applesauce, oats, and raisins. Way better than eating a whole bag of normal cookies!
On top of that this recipe would be so easy to modify.
Want plain oatmeal cookies? Take out the raisins and they ring in at 25 calories a cookie.
Love chocolate? Add 1/8 cup of chocolate chips along with the raisins and they are still only 54 calories a cookie.
Want peanut butter cookies? Love coconut? Dried cherries? You could toss anything in.
These don’t taste like my mom’s Outstanding Oatmeal Cookies. They have a very different consistency almost a bit muffin like.
However, let’s be real without the sugar and butter you can’t expect these to taste exactly like real cookies. You can eat them, satisfy your sweet tooth, enjoy them because they are still tasty, and not feel guilty about it.
Have you ever tried faux cookies like these? Would you?
Find other quick and easy, yet great tasting sweet/dessert recipes I created here:
No Bake Energy Bites
Easy Baked Cinnamon Apples
Greek Yogurt Cookie Dough
Skinny Chocolate Covered Banana Muffins
Skinny Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Strawberries & Cream Protein Muffins