This Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe Will Satisfy Your Cravings

Scoot over low-fat frozen yogurt, there’s another diet-friendly dessert in town. When you’re craving something sweet, treat your tastebuds to this healthy oatmeal cookie recipe.

Listen up, cookie monsters. Just because you’re watching what you eat doesn’t mean the occasional treat is off limits. This healthy oatmeal cookie recipe is here to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping your goals on track.

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  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup pitted dried plums, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Step 1: Prep for Baking

Preheat the oven to 350°. Then, lightly grease a baking sheet.

Editor’s Tip: Don’t want to add any more fat to these cookies? Instead of greasing the pan, use a sheet of parchment paper. Your cookies will still come off with ease, and you’ll save a few calories in the process!

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Step 2: Soak the Fruit

In a small bowl, combine the hot water and flaxseed. Then, in a large bowl, combine the plums, dates and raisins. Cover with boiling water. Let both the flaxseed and plum mixtures stand for 10 minutes.

Step 3: Combine Wet Ingredients

While the fruit is soaking, prepare the wet ingredients. Cream together the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Then, beat in the applesauce, maple syrup and orange zest.

Step 4: Mix Dry Ingredients

In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Combine the oats, flours, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves.

Step 5: Finish Dough

To finish the dough, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. Then, drain the fruit mixture. Stir the fruits along with the flaxseed mixture into the dough.

Step 6: Form and Bake

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. Place mounds about two inches apart. Bake for 8-11 minutes or until set. Cool cookies for 2 minutes before removing them from pans and placing on wire racks.

Are oatmeal cookies healthier than chocolate chip cookies?

Yes—An oatmeal cookie is healthier than one loaded with chocolate chunks and candies. But that being said, it’s still a cookie. Oatmeal cookies can provide a little fiber boost—and when dotted with raisins—a little iron, too. However, most traditional recipes still contain plenty of sugar, butter and unhealthy ingredients. So go ahead and pick up an oatmeal cookie for a treat, but don’t consider it a health food.

How do you make old-fashioned oatmeal cookies?

Grandma always made the best desserts. And these old-fashioned oatmeal cookies are no exception. Chock full of raisins and walnuts, they’re a hearty, vintage treat that will still be appreciated today. The secret is to use old-fashioned ingredients, like shortening, to get a classic taste.

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Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.