The Tastiest Healthy Cookie You’ll Ever Eat

Recently I was pining for a treat where guilt would not be the main ingredient.  I started searching for a really good, healthy cookie recipe if such a thing existed.  I feel like I struck gold with this one.  It is loaded with whole grains, healthy fats, and proteins without the sugar and saturated fat.  The great thing about this recipe is the taste.   The second best thing is the versitility.  I’ll list the recipe and then give you some ideas for substitutions that might be able to tweak these cookies to your liking.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Hazlenuts
  • 1 1/2 Cups Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 1/3 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Ground Flax Meal
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Olive Oil
  • 2/3 Cup Blue Agave Nectar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Golden Raisins

Directions:

  1. Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or wax paper.
  2. Chop Hazelnuts in a food processor until fine.  Mix chopped Hazelnuts with Rolled Oats, Whole Wheat Flour, Flax Meal, Baking Soda, Salt and Cinnamon until thoroughly combined.
  3. Combine Peanut Butter, Olive Oil, Agave Nectar, Egg, and Vanilla Exract with  a mixer.
  4. Mix with Peanut Butter mixture with dry ingredients in a large bowl and fold in raisins.  (Dough will be very thick).
  5. Scoop heaping teaspoons of dough and form into balls.  Lay the dough balls onto the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and flatten the cookies with a spatula.  Allow to cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheets before moving to finish cooling on wire racks.

(Adapted from original recipe posted by IrisMac on allrecipes.com)

Here are some substitution ideas:  Swap/Add Dried Cherries and/or chocolate chips for the raisins.  Replace Olive Oil with Apple Sauce.  Substitute Honey for the Blue Agave Nectar.  Substitute Almond Butter for Peanut Butter.  Subsitute Any other type of nut for Hazelnuts.

Unfortunately, there is one problem that is common to all delicious cookies:  How do you keep from eating too many?  Another great thing about this recipe is that the dough freezes well.  After you form the balls of dough you can wrap them in wax paper and freezer them in a freezer bag.  Then defrost the dough as you want to bake them.

If you have a great healthy recipe I’d love to know about it and share it with other readers.  Please respond to this post and tell me how you like the recipe and any good changes you have made to make it even better.

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  1. MoniqueWS

    I love this recipe. I add cooked quinoa to it for added protein. I make these for a healthy snack for my swimmers to eat after swim practice.

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