Guess what people? I finally made it into the kitchen and we had our Healthy Baking Cookie Party I followed Dena’s basic Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe – along with her adaptations and it was a GREAT success.
To be truthful, I had VERY low expectations. I’m used to “weird healthy foods” – sourdough breads, sheep / and goat cheese, weird raw vegetable concoctions – so when it came to “healthy baking” I wasn’t expecting much. Boy was I SURPRISED! These cookies came out GREAT!!!!! And don’t take my word for it! We took the cookies on the road and had them tested by 2 kids, 1 teenager and one mother in law – all came back with raving reviews!
Below is the recipe along with many pictures of the whole process.
Dena’s Recipe & Notes:
Here is the official guideline for subbing honey for sugar: To use honey in place of sugar, use 7/8 cup for every cup of sugar, and reduce the liquid in the recipe by 3 tablespoons. I don’t measure exactly I just eyeball it 🙂
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (adapted from The Kosher Palette)
1 c raisins
3/4 c margarine –> oil or butter
1 c brown sugar and 1/2 c sugar –> I’d do about 1 1/4 c honey. You could do 1.5 and it just may be a bit too sweet
1 large egg
2 tbs water
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 c flour (Duby used Almond Flour)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 cups oats
6 oz chocolate chips – I omitted and the cookies were still DELISH. the honey brings a really SWEET sweetness so you don’t really need the chocolate
preheat to 375 – bake 10 minutes (Duby: I found they needed a few more minutes) or until edges are light golden brown. bake using unbleached parchment paper (Duby: I didn’t have parchment paper so I just greased a regular cookie sheet)
When substituting, always check consistency and add a little extra binder, flour, oil, etc to adjust. Muffins, breads, and cookies require a thicker batter. Cakes would need a thinner batter. Think about when you’re making a Dunkin Heinz – what the consistency is like. Refer back to regular recipes you’ve made in the past to try to achieve similarities.)
Soooooo this was my very first experience using these kinds of ingredients. On one hand it was fun because we knew we couldn’t mess it up… but on the other hand, I didn’t know what to expect. Dena’s suggestion about consistency was EXCELLENT because in the end, the dough was VERY runny, so we added more flour to give it more cookie texture.
Working with the coconut oil was kind of funky (to say the least). The guy in the health food store told us that it’s more of a “shortening” feel versus oil. When I picked up the baked cookie, my fingers became oily so I’m not sure if that means I used too much of the oil.
Dena was also 100% right about the sweetness of the honey. Personally, I thought the cookies were extremely sweet and didn’t need the chocolate chips at ALL but the kids (and my mother in law) almost bit my head off when I suggested removing the chips from the recipe.
Mother In Law’s Know Best
My Mother in law did suggest cutting out a bit of the honey as it felt a bit much. I think I agree. The cookies smelled and tasted like a Rosh HaShana honey cake. (Not that its bad – just to give you an idea). She also said that had I not told her beforehand they were “healthy” cookies, she would never have known. Would she serve them to guests? Sure – just play with the recipe some more to get it just right.
My 4 year old brother in law seemed to enjoy the cookie … he had no idea it was a “healthy cookie” as did my 7 year old sister in law. However, she did NOT like the raisins and tried to pick them out.
My 17 year old sister in law was successful in picking out the raisins. (what’s with this family and their animosity towards raisins? :):)) but overall everyone gave them 2 thumbs up.
I noticed that I wasn’t able to eat more than two cookies as they were very filling. (The in laws also only had one or two.) Of course, my husband was able to eat about 5-6 throughout the evening. (You gotta love the guy )
There is one more thing I’d like to point out – and I think for many of us this is an issue.
Healthy baking (and cooking) does not come cheap. I am not the math wiz of the family – but just looking at the receipt from the store, it is obvious that a small batch of cookies is a LOT more expensive than cakes and cookies made from white flour and sugar. Something to keep in mind.
Duby’s bottom line:
Overall – HUGE success. Would I make them again? Definitely.
Would I make them ALL the time? No – I still maintain that honey juggles your blood sugar, and for me personally I don’t need the “nosh.” However, for a holiday, a Shabbos – I would DEFINITELY make them again. This is an excellent way for kids to have a treat – something special – without the sugar and white flour.
Thank you again Dena for the recipe and for the information!
Here are some pictures of our evening’s excitement.
PS – feel free to make fun of my 1930’s Oven. After you finish, you can send a check to the “buy Duby a normal oven that fits more than one cookie tray at a time fund.” Thank you.
Now to see if people actually like them!
They look happy to me!
as the famous Borat would say: “Great Success!!!”