Whether you are looking to adopt a nutrient-dense, plant-based diet or are just trying to find healthier alternatives to some of your favorite dishes, we have great recipes on our site to suit your tastes! Some of our recipes can look a little intimidating, though. That’s why we created a weekly segment called RecipEASY — to make healthy eating easier. We (Kate and Kayla) make a recipe from our site and break it down to give you helpful tips and modifications. Since neither of us are professional chefs, we are always looking for ways to simplify healthy recipes!
This week we made…
K2’s Awesome Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Today is National Cookie Day! Since we, Kate and Kayla (K2), already made our almond oat cookies, we decided to try our hand at creating a new cookie recipe. We took a traditional oatmeal raisin cookie recipe and modified it to be a healthier version -- and so K2’s Awesome Oatmeal Raisin Cookies were born!
Trial and error was definitely the theme for the day. We decided to substitute applesauce instead of butter, bananas instead of eggs, and dates instead of white and brown sugar. Because we used bananas instead of eggs, we reduced the amount of dates (sugar).
Here’s our ingredient list:
1 cup applesauce
1 cup dates
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp molasses
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins
½ cup chopped walnuts
Water, to adjust dough’s consistency
We also bought dark chocolate chips to make some chocolate chip oatmeal cookies!
First, we combined all the wet ingredients (applesauce, banana, vanilla, and molasses) and dates in the blender and blended until smooth.
Next, we mixed the dry ingredients (whole wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and rolled oats) in a separate bowl. We then added the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mixed them all together. We split the dough in half and added raisins to some and chocolate chips to the other half (we like variety).
At first, the dough was too dry so we added a bit of water until we achieved the right consistency. The last few batches of cookies definitely came out better!
Because we don’t have an actual oven at our office, we used the toaster oven to bake our cookies. Our toaster oven is a little unreliable so we varied between leaving the cookies in for between 8 to 10 minutes.
Overall, the cookies were pretty easy to make and were a hit. They are a great, healthy cookie option that are just sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth so you can enjoy Cookie Day without the guilt!