No Guilt Oatmeal Cookies

Something sweet is always in a corner of my mind and at the root of my growling stomach.  My other struggle is losing weight!  Cooking for myself and using fresh whole foods keeps me healthy however, portion control is a must.  I was inspired by my dear friend Lorraine to  go back to the Weight Watchers plan to control, not what but, how much I was eating.  My other issue is the processed so called low fat/diet items that line every grocer’s shelves.  I have issues when I look at the ingredients. Half the time I can not pronounce them nor do I recognize them!  There was only one decision to make, create my own low fat treat.  These cookies are delicious, dairy, gluten free and you will be familiar with all the ingredients!

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together

1 cup of gluten free flour  (I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Set aside 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats  (Bob’s Organic Gluten Free Rolled Oats)                                                                                                                  1/4 cup chopped walnuts and 3/4 cup raisins

In a large bowl whisk together:

1/2 cup sugar  (I like natural organic sugar)

1/2 cup organic brown sugar

Add to the sugar:

1 large egg

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup organic unsweetened applesauce

Whisk until well mixed and then add in the  dry ingredients. Whisk until well mixed; then add in the rolled oats, raisins and walnuts. Mix well and refrigerate for 15 minutes

Preheat oven to 350 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Once the dough is chilled drop generous tablespoons of dough about three inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 15 to 18 minutes switching baking sheets half way through the baking process.  Cookies will be lightly brown.  Cool slightly on baking sheet then remove and cool on a wire rack.  Makes about 30 cookies.  3 cookies are only 2 points!  Woo Hoo!!

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