Thanks for the kind introduction Beth!
I first made these cookies a few years ago when I was in the middle of a health-kick and wanted something sweet after dinner. I found the recipe for low-fat oatmeal raisin cookies on allrecipes.com - they contain no oil and no eggs, but the addition of applesauce keeps them moist all the same! They come out a little more cakey than traditional oatmeal-raisin cookies, and make a very hearty snack while still keeping fat to a minimum. In the past, I’ve made them larger and called them Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Bars – a great grab-and-go breakfast. The original recipe calls for plain applesauce, but I usually use cinnamon applesauce because that’s what we usually have on hand. If you choose to add walnuts, I suggest toasting them first – 10 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees will bring out some extra nutty taste.
Low-Fat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup cinnamon applesauce
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F ( 175 degrees C ). Grease a cookie sheet.
In a medium bowl, stir together the brown sugar, white sugar, and applesauce. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon; stir into the applesauce mixture. Add the rolled oats, raisins and chopped nuts (if desired); stir until combined.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool slightly before removing from the baking sheet.