Monday, January 13, 2014

Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies

Like most people, one of my New Years Resolutions was to go back to eating clean, healthy, and losing the extra holiday pounds. It hasn't been rough getting back to clean eating... but getting the sugar out of my system and getting my sweet tooth under control has been quite difficult! Bottom line, I ate too many treats over the holidays. I still want to eat a little dessert at night (this will never change), so I decided to I needed to try a new dessert recipe that was lower in fat and calories and had healthy aspects to it. I came across this recipe for Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies while searching "healthy oatmeal cookies" on Pinterest.com.


There is NO butter, oil, or white sugar in this cookie!! On top of that, this cookie is packed full of zucchini and oatmeal, with just a bit of raisins and mini chocolate chips to give it some extra sweetness. The zucchini and applesauce (a healthy substitute for oil) make the cookie very moist and chewy! These cookies are delicious, guilt-free, and I am hooked...



Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies
recipe from twopeasandtheirpod.com
Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup applesauce
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup shredded zucchini
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine applesauce and brown sugar, mix until smooth. Add egg and vanilla extract. Next, add the shredded zucchini. Mix until combined.

4. Slowly add flour mixture until just combined. Stir in oats, raisins, and chocolate chips.

5. Drop cookie dough by heaping tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto prepared baking sheet.


6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or cookies are slightly golden around the edges and set. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks.



I will definitely be making these Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies again! They are so good! You could choose not to use the raisins and mini chocolate chips if you a want to cut the calories even more.

I love my desserts... and I love them even more when they are low fat, low calorie, guilt-free and made with healthy ingredients!

Enjoy!

Janel

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