Intro: Healthy Oat-Nut "Cookie" Bars
My roommate and I love cookies (who doesn't, really?), but we are both pretty health conscious, so we try to limit our cookie intake as much as possible. But why should we? Isn't it possible to make a good tasting, healthy cookie? Why can't they be so nutritious that it's okay to eat 6 in one sitting?
Well, here is my first shot at solving this truly devastating problem. Just a heads up, they came out more like bread then cookies, so if you want cookie cookies, I'd recommend adding more applesauce, and no almond milk or baking powder. However, if you want more of a desert bread, this recipe will do great:
2 cups Oat Flour (from either rolled oats or quick oats)
1 cup Quick-Cook Instant Oats
1 sprinkle Rolled Oats
2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
1 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
2/3 cup Chopped Walnuts
2/3 cup Unsweetened Dried Cranberries
2/3 cup Egg Whites
1 Tbs Baking Powder
1 sprinkle Cinnamon
Sweetener of your choice (I used 1/2 cup agave nectar)
Preheat oven to 375 F.
In a blender, food processor, or coffee grinder, make 2 cups of oat flour by grinding 2 cups of either rolled oats or quick cook oats. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all the oats and other dry ingredients and mix-ins. Add the applesauce and egg whites and mix by hand or with beaters until the batter is well combined. To reach desired consistency, add almond milk.
Spray a baking sheet with some cooking spray, and then poor out your batter on the sheet. Spread it around with a spoon so it's even.
Bake at 375 for 20 minutes, then immediately cut apart into 25 bars. Let the bars cool for 10 minutes before eating.
Eat as many as you want, cause these things are pretty healthy!
Serving Size: 1 cookie (or 6)
Sat. Fat .3g