A Better Oatmeal Cookie

I've been making these healthier oatmeal cookies for years - honestly, my friends wouldn't come over to lift weights on Fridays if I didn't bribe them with these cookies and coffee afterwards. The secrets are in the substitutions - ground oats for white flour, Splenda for white sugar, and light butter for butter. I make a big batch and keep them frozen for when my sweet tooth hits!
Start by combining the oats with cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a food processor.
Process until you have a smooth oat flour texture, then set aside while you prepare the rest of the cookies. Bake the cookies on a Silpat liner for foolproof results.

Go ahead and indulge a little - these cookies are high in fiber, and low in fat and sugar!

Better Oatmeal Cookies
Yields about 4 dozen

2 cups oats, rolled (raw)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 cups light butter
1 1/2 cups sugar substitute (Splenda)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 cups oats, rolled (raw)
1 cup chocolate chips

Combine 2 cups oats with baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a food processor and process until finely ground. Combine butter, Splenda and brown sugar in a mixer and mix on high until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time mixing to incorporate, then slowly add ground oat mixture and whole wheat flour. Add remaining 3 cups oats and chocolate chips, mixing just to combine. Cover batter and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spoon rounded teaspoons of batter onto baking sheets lined with a silicone liner or parchment paper. Bake for 13 minutes. Let cool before handling. Cookies are best stored in the freezer


Mama Wheaton said...

I need to go and get a food processor, so many receipes are calling for them these days. the cookies look great.

Michele Morris said...

Unfortunately there's no way to finely grind the oats in this recipe without one. Look for the smaller 3-4 cup food processor if you need to conserve space - it will cover most all your needs!

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