Saturday, February 16, 2008

Moving Away from Processed Foods

As Jinxy and I mentioned yesterday, Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma has caused us to take a hard look at what and how we are eating. YES, we are guilty of enjoying our processed foods - a double-edged sword that both makes us less healthy and also adds to the strain on our environment. So, we are trying to change that. We have been breaking out the bread maker and also making some yummy cookies. These taste better than anything at the store, are quick to make and are fairly healthy (considering they ARE cookies!)

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/4 cup applesauce
2 Tbsp. butter
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup quick cooking oats
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips or crushed dark chocolate bar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together applesauce, butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a separate mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir flour mixture into first mixture and mix well. Then stir in oats, followed by the chocolate. Place rounded tsp-full 2 inches apart on an Exopat baking mats on a cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes.

You can bake these directly on the cookie sheets, but I love using the Exopat mats because they don't stick AT ALL and the clean-up is super easy. Once you take off the cookies you just shake it clean and store it away. They're also guaranteed to last up to 3,000 bakings. Click on the picture for more info.
Matfer 11.75x16.5-in. Exopat Baking Mat

This recipe is featured in Fifth Edition “Heavenly” Healthy Recipe Blog Carnival. Check out some more great recipes there!


  1. How many cookies does it make? Thanks!

  2. It makes about 2 dozen cookies, but I tend to make them a little bit bigger and then it is about 18-20.

  3. I used Splenda and an egg white instead of the whole egg, and just added a bit more applesauce, then threw in a few crushed walnuts... Holy freaking delicious. My husband and I ate half of the batch before they made it onto a plate. These are stupid delicious. At about 40 calories a pop you can't beat it.


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