Recipes: Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies

I had a couple of these cookies at a sugar talk that Donna Sonkin, one of my health coaching colleagues, gave last night. They’re a totally delicious, healthier version of a perennial favorite. Just remember that even though they are healthier, they are still a treat and should be consumed as such – i.e., don’t eat the whole batch in one sitting.
1 cup raisins (golden raisins produce a lighter-color cookie)
1 cup unsweetened apple juice
1/4 cup oil
1 cup oat flour or finely ground oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 malt-sweetened chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Soak the raisins in the juice overnight. The next day, puree them together in a blender, then add the oil and blend again briefly. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl, making sure to mix well. Add the raisin-juice mixture and stir just until mixed. Drop heaping teaspoonfuls of the batter onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

(From Ann-Louise Gittelman’s Get the Sugar Out)

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