Happy Tuesday evening everyone.
I had a pretty productive day today. I got to work at 7:10 this morning. I am sparing you the boring photos of my food today – but here is a quick run down:
8AM. Bagel thin with one tablespoon of peanut butter
10:30 AM Kashi granola bar (I think I had to eat for a second time this morning because I went running last night and went to bed hungry)
12:00 a slow 25 minute walk with Katherine
12:35 Lunch. Another salad and a half of a turkey sandwich.
1:40 PM A small sliver of chocolate birthday cake. We were celebrating Katherine’s birthday a couple of days early at work today.
3:50 PM a granny smith apple
5PM I arrived at the gym. 35 minutes on the elliptical machine.
5:45 East Side Market to pick up three ingredients for the Healthy Oatmeal Cookies I decided to make for work tomorrow. I needed whole wheat flour, vanilla and apple sauce.
6:25 PM I arrived home and went right into the kitchen to start the cookies.
I made small cookies so that if someone only wanted a small amount of a treat, they could have one cookie.
I used teaspoons to measure out the cookies instead of my normal cookie scoop.
Mom was the official taste tester. I eventually had half of a cookie after they were all out of the oven. We made about 25 little cookies. I hope my friends at work like them tomorrow. They definitely taste a little bit like “healthy cookies” but I think that is ok. I would much rather have a healthy cookie and not feel overly guilty about it if you have more than one.
Here is the recipe for Healthy Oatmeal Cookies – adapted from this recipe.
Healthy Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Raisins
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (at room temperature)
1/4 cup apple sauce
2 tablespoons of skim or 1% milk
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup white flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt (I used a little less)
1 cup + two tablespoons oats
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a large bowl cream together sugar and butter with electric mixer. Mix until well blended, about two minutes.
3. Add egg to butter and sugar mixture, mix well to incorporate. Add vanilla. About 1 minute. Add apple sauce and milk. Scrape down bow, mix for one minute until ingredients are well incorporated.
4. Gradually add flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Be careful to only mix batter until dry ingredients are incorporated. (Once the flour is added you do not want to over mix and activate gluten or else your baked goods will be left overly chewy!)
5. Once flour and other dry ingredients are added in, with a spatula stir in raisins and chocolate chips.
6. Using teaspoons, measure out batter on a non stick cookie sheet (or use a baking mat like I do!) about two inches apart.
7. Bake for 10 – 11 minutes until lightly brown (I always check the bottoms of the cookies)
8. Place paper towel on a wire rack and let the cookies cool.