Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are a healthy dessert when you modify the sugar you use. I substitute some stevia powder for the Florida crystals sugar ingredient below.
By using healthy alternatives, you can enjoy eating things that many people avoid when they are trying to lose weight or maintain their weight. You can also teach your children, family members & friends that having a healthy diet is not bland or boring.
If you want to increase the protein you get in your diet, add some vegan raw protein powder to the dry ingredients. Oatmeal has some protein itself and is a healthy source of fiber also.
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 Cup hot water and 2 Tbsp ground flax seed. Set aside.
1/2 cup Earth balance, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup natural sugar, Florida Crystals
1 cup regular rolled oatmeal
1 cup chopped chocolate
1 cup raisins
1 Tbsp Orange zest
Preheat oven to 350
Mix all the dry ingredients together.
Mix all the wet ingredients together until smooth.
Add the flax seed and water, mix until smooth.
Combined the wet and dry ingredients together well.
Add the oatmeal, white chocolate,raisins and stir gently.
On a greased cookie sheet, form cookies about 3 inches across and 1/2 inch high. I just press them onto the pan with my fingers.
Bake in the oven for 12 minutes. Do not over-cook. they will appear to be under-cooked, but as they cool, they will tighten up into a chewy cookie.
Allow to cool.
yield: 16 cookies
Recipe from Chef Mark Anthony