Ingrid Hoffmann's Better By Half Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Chef and author Ingrid Hoffman shows that you can enjoy your favorite summertime recipes in a guilt-free way. How? Replace unhealthy ingredients with nutritious alternatives. For a dessert that you can enjoy without ruining your diet, replace half the sugar in the traditional recipe with applesauce.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (no instant)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, semi-sweet

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350degF. In a mixer, add the applesauce and the sugar, and mix until creamy. Add the egg, vanilla, honey and olive oil and mix well.

In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Slowly add the oat mixture to the applesauce mixture and mix just until combined. Add the dark chocolate chips, and mix.

Using a regular teaspoon, drop teaspoonfuls of cookie dough onto parchment lined baking sheets, leaving at least 2-inches between cookies. Bake until brown and crispy around the edges, about 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on wire racks.