Healthier Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies that's made with whole wheat flour, oats, and a little butter. So good, you won't even believe it.
First, I want to start off by thanking those of you who left the sweetest comments on my last post. Every single comment put a smile on my face. Additionally, I want to thank all the readers of Honey, What’s Cooking for your continuous support.
As you all know I stepped aside from blogging for a much needed break from my life. These past few weeks have been a whirlwind due to unexpected family circumstances, and I had to shift my priorities slightly because family comes first.
So yes, the past few weeks were spent hanging out with my family… sometimes chatting up a storm, other times sitting in complete silence, sometimes I'd make myself useful by baking a cake for the ones dearest to me, and other times doing absolutely nothing. It truly amazes me how therapeutic hanging out with the ones you love can be, especially when life throws you curve balls when you least expect it.
Unfortunately, its during trying times like this which force me to sit back and reevaluate my life. That is, am I on the right path? Am I doing all the things I wanna do? What is my purpose in life? What's missing? I've stressed it many times before on my blog, and I’ll say it again, and that is to live life to the fullest doing things you love no matter how small or big they are. We all have different notions of what makes us happy and often times people say to enjoy the little things in life, and while I completely agree, I also believe it is also important to enjoy the bigger things in life - if they make you happy.
And I did just that once the dust sorta settled (and still continues to – FINGERS CROSSED), I decided to give myself a break from life and drift away from everything all too familiar. It was a much needed trip which involved great company, amazing food, shopping on Oxford street, and of course, strolling the charming streets of London, a city I adore! I needed to lose myself in a place that felt familiar, but wasn't quite home. I’ll save the rant for next week though.
For now, enjoy these delicious, moist, chewy, and healthier Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies that I made. Everyone loved them, and the best part is, they don’t taste reduced-fat whatsoever.
And once again, thank you ALL for your continuous support during my blogging break. Words cannot begin to express my gratitude towards all of you who follow Honey, What's Cooking. Truly appreciated!
NUTRITION: Whole Wheat Pastry Flour adds Protein and Fiber to these cookies. Oats help reduce cholesterol and are a good source of Protein and Fiber. Walnuts are an excellent source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Raisins are known to be an antioxidant rich fruit.
MODIFICATIONS I MADE:
- This is an original recipe I worked on after a few failures.
APPROXIMATE NUTRITION PER SERVING (yields 16 cookies)
- Calories: 101 cals
- Fat: 4.9 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.7 g
- Carbs: 15 g
- Protein: 1.6 g
- Fiber: 0.9 g
OATMEAL RAISIN WALNUT COOKIES (REDUCED FAT)
~ yields 16 cookies @ 375 degrees using a 9" x 13" baking tray
- Unsalted Butter - 3 tbsp
- White Sugar - 3 tbsp
- Brown Sugar - 3 tbsp
- Egg - ½ an egg (or 2 tbsp)
- Vanilla Extract - ¼ tsp
- Whole Wheat Pastry Flour - ⅓ cup
- Baking Soda - ¼ tsp
- Ground Cinnamon - ¼ tsp
- Salt - ⅛ tsp
- Oats - 1 cup
- Raisins - ⅓ cup
- Walnuts - ¼ cup (chopped)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cream the butter until light and fluffy.
3. Add the sugar and brown sugar.
4. Cream until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
5. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Cream until well incorporated.
6. Add the dry ingredients... flour, ground cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
7. Mix, but do not overmix.
8. Chop the walnuts and set the raisins aside.
9. Add the oats walnuts, and raisins.
10. Mix, but do not over mix.
11. Using a tablespoon measurement, add the cookie batter to the parchment paper.
12. Into the oven for 10 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE.
13. This is what you have. The cookies will bake up a little more once out of the oven.
14. So chewy and delicious!
OVERALL RATING: 5 / 5
Amazing cookies. Moist, chewy, and they don't taste reduced-fat at all. Totally worth giving these a try if you are health conscious.
TELL ME: What little or big things do you do for yourself to make YOU happy?
Welcome back 🙂
Well said, life is very fragile and it is important to live life to the fullest . By, the way oatmeal cookies look amazing. I def need to try that recipe JC
I used to postpone doing something or buying things in order to save up since I wasn't working & earning. And then realized how little I actually happily lived in the last 2 years by only stressing out.
So, these days, the little things I'm doing to make myself happy are: mani-pedi yesterday, shopping 2 days back, reflexology 4 days back, and spa most probably tomorrow. 😀
By the way welcome back, Nisha. Hope things are good. Cookies look good too. Very healthy indeed.
Have you read my mind?! I was literally about to google some recipes for healthier cookies, preferably made with oats... it must be telepathy!
These cookies look awesome! Would love to gobble up some of your yummy cookies, now.
@Nisha - I'm so glad to hear that. It's important to treat yourself every now and then, or every week (why not?) to the little things in life, even if you end up spending a little more. All things in moderation. Thank you!
@Sarah - Telepathy? It must be the London thing, I just came back from your land. Try these, you will love them.
Thanks guys! They are yummy!
Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe says
Ehi dear! I'm so happy you're finally back! These cookies look absolutely delicious and not to difficult to make at home...and, since I have an insane obsession for cookies, I'll try these out as soon as possible 🙂
Choc Chip Uru says
I cannot believe these are healthier my friend, they look utterly delicious 😀
AND WELCOME BACK!
Yay for being back! It really made me smile when I got a notification that you commented on my blog :)! Hope all is okay with you, Nisha...and you know I'm looking forward to hearing all about London! Also, good to see that your recipes and photos have only gotten better with time!!
These sound amazing!! I want them. Like, right now.
I am so glad that you are back! Missed you. 🙂
Welcome back. I hope you got your needed time off 🙂 These cookies sure looks good. Right up my alley!! How lucky that you were in London. I have not been there in years but hopefully will go soon and visit my sister 🙂
So glad that you are back! I hope that London was amazing and that you had a bunch of tea and scones for me. Can't wait to hear about it! In the meantime, these cookies look delicious...love that they aren't full of sugar and butter!
I'm so glad that you took a little time for yourself, doll -- though I've missed you! Hope you're doing a bit better. These cookies look DELECTABLE. I tend to, uh, eat to make myself happy. It's not a good thing.
YAY you're back! So glad to see it and this yummy recipe! Also, I love your perspective on being happy. I've been thinking about similar things lately as well...just haven't developed coherent thoughts 🙂
@Elisa - thanks girl. Let me know if you make them. 🙂
@Choc Chip Uru - they are delicious, and relatively "healthier," certainly not an everyday thing. 🙂
@Khushboo - thank you K. Means a lot. Will post London next week, hopefully! I'm sure you will be able to relate to every place I visited and ate at. Haha.
@Bonnie - thank you. Will need to check out your latest fashion stuff.
@eatGood4Life - thank you so much! At least you have your sister there, so really you have no excuse to not visit, free stay, but you do need to cross an ocean. 🙂
@Ameena - thanks girlfriend! Yes, I had scones and jam and clotted cream - YUM! I didn't go crazy though, unfortunately. I don't think I can do afternoon tea more than once a week or once in 2 weeks. It's just way too much sugar. Plus there are so many places to eat at, ya know! 🙂
@Josie - you are so sweet. I think we all do that.. eat to make ourselves happy. It's one of the best pleasures in life.
@Parita - yeah.. it's rare for me to have such deep thoughts. All things in moderation.
The Squishy Monster says
I'd say this is one stellar way to celebrate your return---naughty but nice...I love it!
Hi Honey, I plan to make this recipe for the holiday season. Ingredients say eggs - 1/2 cups. Do you mean 1 or 2 eggs?
@Anonymous - sorry about that. Should be 1/2 an egg, or 2 tbsp. Corrected. These cookies are awesome!!!