9.26.2013

Apple-Oatmeal Cookies - NO Sugar and NO Butter


Apple-oatmeal cookies are soft, chewy cookies that are loaded with rolled oats, apples and bittersweet chocolate chips instead of raisins.  While the original recipe calls for a lot of sugar and butter, I opted for NO sugar and NO butter. Therefore, I can have two cookies per day, guilt-free!


My parents came down to stay with us for a few weeks.  Our sweet Dad, who is a Diabetic type 2, is having a difficult time getting his sugar levels down (not even his meds work).  His sugar levels have been very high lately and that frustrates him to say the least.  He can't seem to get it down where it should be, around 100 is ideally, but it's always up around 150 or more. Yikes!


Every time they come down, basically I take charge cooking for them both. I put Dad on a strict sugar-free diet and insist that he walks at least 30 minutes every day.  He LOVES his milk in the mornings, so I decided to switch his milk (which has 12g of sugar) to Almond milk with has 0g of sugar, along with other changes in his diet.  And in a few days, I got his sugar level down to 108. A Miracle!

It's a tough job- but someone gotta do it! But I don't mind, they are both adorable!


Dad loves these cookies, the bittersweet chocolate chips (which contains less sugar than semi-sweet) adds more than just flavor, they add some antioxidants in there as well.  They turned out really good!  Better than I imagined.  I enjoy having 2 cookies with my coffee, and best of all, Dad does too!

Baking tip: Check cookies while baking to make sure they are not getting overdone on the bottoms, especially if using a dark colored baking sheet. Dark cookie sheets absorb more heat and tend to burn cookies before baking is complete.


Apple-Oatmeal Cookies
  • 1+1/2 cups quick rolled oats ( I used Quacker Oats)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1+1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup finely chopped apple ( Fuji, Delicious, or Granny Smith)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used canola)
  • 1/3 cup Almond milk
  • 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips ( I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine oats, both flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir to combine.

Add and stir in the apples, egg, honey, oil and milk.  Mix to form a smooth batter.
Lastly, stir in the chocolate chips until well combined.

Drop by teaspoon onto a cookie baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden.  Remove and transfer to a cooking rack.


Yields: 3 dozen





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11 comments:

  1. Oh delish my friends. I love the tart apples against the sweet rich chocolate. I know my kids would go crazy for these babies! Also thanks for the comment on liking my new site. I dont think I have ever told you guys this but I do web design ( for past 2 years). If you ever need any work I would be glad to help ya'll out:)))) Have a great week!

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  2. All I need is a big glass of milk and I'm in heaven.

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  3. Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorite cookies. I don't make them too often because they kids are not big fans which is a bummer, but I need to make these. I love the addition of bittersweet chips and the exclusion of raisins. I prefer chocolate in my cookie :) I love that you take care of your dad and he lets you. It's really sweet :) xoxo, Jackie

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    1. Jackie, you have to try these for the kids, I am not crazy for oatmeal myself, but the chocolate adds a whole new dimension of flavor to them and it may change your mind about them. Let us know!

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  4. These Apple-Oatmeal Cookies look amazing. I know my kids would love them for breakfast. :) Apples and oats are good for breakfast, right? These should be as I love that you didn't add any sugar in them. ;) Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Hi Amy! and yes you're right! They are perfect for breakfast, which is what I grab with my coffee in the morning and our the door I go! Thanks so much!

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  5. first of all, congratulations for helping lower your dad's sugar level! these are great looking cookies---love that you omitted the sugar. the apples, honey, and bittersweet chocolate should add enough sweetness.

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    1. HI Nancy- Thank you! I don't eat a lot of sugar and so they were perfect and enough sweetness for me and for my Dad. BTW The first batch was a flop - because they were too bland. I realized it needed something more, chocolate! - then I was able to post it. :)

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  6. These are reminding me how good they were, and I need to try them .

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  7. Look at you getting your dad back to good health!! That is really pretty awesome.

    And so are these cookies. The chocolate chips and apple combo would have me eating one after every meal!

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