26 January 2010

Good For You Banana Oatmeal Cookies

I realize that I have sort of gone off tangent, I mean originally this blog was to be all things cookie but I realized too late and yet all too quickly after undergoing this project that I just like more things than cookies. For example, this week I had gotten it in my head to do all things muffins but then I went and caught a bug someplace and have been like a zombie for half the week. I am on my way to recovering but alas this week is half way over so maybe next week.

But I did manage to make these cookies. I started with a recipe out of the Taste of Home Cookbook and decided to add a few spices and make it a 'good for you' cookie. The result was 4 dozen cookies that adults and kids alike could enjoy without worrying about the waistline. Not too much anyways.

These cookies were definitely more of the cake-like variety than the chewy variety but if you're looking for flavorful and healthy dare I recommend you look no further.

Good For You Banana Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup applesauce (I use Mott's unsweetened)
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup eggbeaters (or 2 large eggs)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 mashed bananas (the riper, the better)
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1.) Preheat oven to 350 *F. Grease cookie sheets with Baker's Joy or your choice of cooking spray.
2.) Cream applesauce, butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggbeaters and vanilla. In separate bowl combine flours, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Slowly add to creamed mixture. Stir in bananas, oats, chips, and walnuts.
3.) Bake on greased cookie sheets 10 minutes. Remove immediately to wire racks to cool.

Yields 4 dozen cookies approximately.

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