Monday, April 30, 2012

HEALTHY OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES {Sugar Free & Gluten-Free}

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You may have noticed I’ve been on a sugar-free kick lately. I’m not talking the artificial sweetener kind of sugar free, I’m talking about using natural sweetener. I’ve played around with various sweeteners such as agave, coconut sugar and date sugar, but it wasn’t until just recently that I’ve been using stevia in baked goods. I have had the impression for the past couple of years that I hated the bitter taste of stevia, but what I’ve learned is that there’s a BIG difference in flavor and aftertaste depending on the “brand” you buy. My impression two years ago was from the Sam’s Club brand. I did a little research from other blogs and many claimed the brand NuNaturals had the least bitter taste. Guess what? They were right! If you try hard to notice, you can detect a little different taste, but it’s not unpleasant. I gave one of these cookies to my sister, who had never heard a thing about stevia and said she couldn’t taste anything different. The sweetness is pretty concentrated, so you only have to use a little bit to get just enough sweetness in these cookies.
These are great for those times when you really want something sweet, but really shouldn’t because for the past several days, you’ve had dessert every night (yes, that would be me!) They would even make a great breakfast on the go! I added All-Bran to these to boost the fiber content, but to make them gluten-free, simply replace it with more oats.

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies {Sugar-Free & Gluten-Free}         makes 12-15 cookies
Recipe created by me

1/2 C. All-Bran Cereal (for gluten-free, substitute 1/2 C. oats)
1 1/2 C. Oats, divided use
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 Tbsp. Stevia
3 Tbsp. Ground Flax
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1/2 C. Unsweetened Applesauce
1 Tbsp. Molasses
1/4 C. Egg Beaters or 2 Egg Whites
Mix Ins: Raisins, Nuts, Chocolate Chips, etc.

Combine cereal and 1 C. of oats in a blender or food processor and grind until fine. Pour into a bowl and add remaining oats, salt, soda, stevia, flax and cinnamon and mix. In separate bowl, combine oil, applesauce, molasses and Egg Beaters. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients just until incorporated. Add raisins, nuts, etc. 
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly. They don't spread, so you can place them close together. Bake at 350 F. for 10 minutes. 








1 comment:

Dee said...

I am so happy to see more gluten free recipes! I just moved out to Utah, and just started my own food blog, so I am browsing other Utah food blogs! I am happy to see some other healthy cooking people in the community! Can't wait to see more!

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