Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Recipe Box - Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

In the spirit of the holidays, I tried out a recipe from and edited it to adhere to my level of crunchiness and based on what ingredients I had around the house. Feel free to make your own version!


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup applesauce 
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 2 organic, cage-free eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups spelt flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • handful dark chocolate chips
The substitutions I made were:
-Switched out half the butter for applesauce
-Switched out white sugar for organic cane sugar
-Switched out regular eggs for organic, cage-free eggs (I promise, you will notice a difference in taste with "clean" eggs!)
-Switched out white flour for spelt which has more protein, less carbohydrates in it
-Switched out semi-sweet chocolate chips with dark chocolate chips (Semi-sweet chocolate has from 40% to 60% cocoa; dark chocolate has from 60% to 90% cocoa. The greater the amount of cocoa and the less processed it is, the greater the effects from your health, physical and mental.)
-Switched the quick-cook oats to rolled oats. (An added benefit for nursing moms since rolled oats helps keep your milk supply up!)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, applesauce, and cane sugar until smooth. Beat in organic eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine the spelt flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in the quick oats, walnuts, and dark chocolate chips. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. For an added holiday effect, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Enjoy and happy holidays!

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