Sunday, September 20, 2009

Low

I haven't had many opportunities to update because
  1. I haven't been physically well for the past few weeks due to various ailments
  2. Therefore, I couldn't bake often
  3. Also, I left the USB cable for my camera back at my SD apartment ninety miles away
  4. So I couldn't upload the few pictures I took of the few goodies I did bake
But then my brother came to the rescue with his camera that is three times the size of mine with three times the functions and took some pictures of the low fat chocolate chunk oatmeal nutcookies I made tonight.


Recipes that are low in fat aren't necessarily good for the body, I suppose, but they are indeed quite a bit healthier than those packed with butter. And since the members of my family always prefer the healthier, less sweet, less fattening versions of foods, I was eager to try my hand at this recipe.

Made with applesauce in place of butter, these cookies have an interesting texture; they are both chewy and soft with the occasional crunch from crushed nuts and little clusters of oats. The burst of flavor from the bits of chocolate doesn't hurt either.

I modified a recipe that I found at Baking Bites (I love this blog, and the blogger, Nicole, deserves many respects) to make the cookies "not too sweet" again for my parents. I am always fearful of the negative results that may come about after changing perfectly good recipes, but I plunge ahead anyway and hope for the best.

I hoped for the best this time too, and the recipe turned out fine. =) The low fat cookies received highly positive praises.

Low Fat Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Nut Cookies
1 cup all purpose flour (lightly spooned and swept)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp margarine
1/2 cup white sugar
6 tbsp brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup pecans, chopped mixed with 1/4 cup peanuts, chopped (I crushed them in a plastic bag with a rolling pin)
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugars.
  4. Beat in egg, applesauce, and vanilla extract.
  5. Stir in the flour mixture and oats until just combined.
  6. Drop tablespoonfuls of the dough onto the prepared baking sheet, flattening each cookie slightly.
  7. Sprinkle each cookie with 1/2 tsp of the mixed nuts, then press three or four chocolate chunks on top.
  8. Bake for about 10 min.
  9. Let cool on sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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