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Gourmet Harvest International Recipe Of The Month – New Year’s Resolution Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

This is a delicious treat that we know you will enjoy. Many people have New Year resolutions to eat healthier. That can be tough to do when it comes to desserts. So we looked for a recipe that met three criteria; healthy, easy and great taste. We found it from our friends over at Delish.comThe recipe is by Jiuxing June Xie from their Test Kitchen. She always has some great ideas.

They tested lots of versions to finally get it right and we are certain you will enjoy this delicious treat. First understand what they did to make it healthy.  They used applesauce to decrease the sugar and butter in the recipe. The extra benefits of this addition is that it cuts out fat and increases moisture.  The cookie is loaded with oats and uses a small amount of whole-wheat flour. Throw in some dark chocolate chunks and tart dried cherries and you have a masterpiece. 

INGREDIENTS
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
large egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate, plus more for topping
 
Makes: 1 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time : 30 minutes
INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

2. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla, and applesauce until combined. Mix in flour mixture until just combined.

3. Using a large cooking scoop, arrange balls of dough on prepared baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Gently flatten each ball slightly.

4. Bake until golden around edges, about 12 minutes.

We think you will love these New Year’s Resolution Healthy Oatmeal Cookies. Use your imagination and change it up some or better yet make several batches. Substitute different dried fruits, add some healthy nuts or seeds and you will have a seemingly endless supply of your new, healthy, high-fiber, cholesterol lowering treat. For a full selection of all kinds of recipes to help you achieve you New Year’s health goals visit Delish.com. The link will take you straight to their Healthy section.

Check back with us for more Recipes and Quick Tips For Baking each month.

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