With a teenage boy, who has a voracious appetite, I have cookies baking in my oven at least a couple of times a week. While nothing will ever replace Chocolate Chip Cookies in his book, these are a close favorite. What I love… is that they are healthier whole grain oatmeal raisin cookies. He doesn’t know the difference… but I do.
Fiber is an essential ingredient to healthy and wholesome living. Everything just works better with fiber. You feel better, have more energy, and it helps keep hunger at bay. A trick I’ve long learned with the boy who stands a head taller than his father.
While it’s recommended that women get 25 grams of fiber per day and men get 38 grams, WebMD says most Americans only consume about 15 grams of fiber per day.
Obviously, the best way to incorporate fiber into our diets is through vegetables, beans, fruit, whole grains, and nuts.
But every little bit helps… even if it is in cookie form. And these are not only “healthier,” they are delicious… everything you hope for in an oatmeal raisin cookie. Add nuts if you like! I love pecans and walnuts… or both!
Healthier Whole Grain Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup stone ground whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
Cream the butter and sugars together until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Continue to beat until the mixture is fully incorporated.
Add both flours, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to the butter and egg mixture and mix well.
Stir in oats and raisins.
Drop scoops of cookie dough onto ungreased baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly on cookie sheet before removing to a rack to cool.