I’m really excited about these because they were a baking experiment that worked…well! They have a few touches to “health-ify” them, including walnuts. Did you know that walnuts are a good source of linolenic acid? Now, what the heck is linolenic acid? It is a omega 3, or “healthy fat.” More specifically, it is an essential fatty acid. That means you must consume it because your body needs it for good health and can not produce it.
Now keep in mind, these are cookies. Just because I’m a dietetics student that doesn’t mean this recipe gives you a free pass to eat 15 cookies, please! They still have sugar and they still have butter, but I’m happy that my applesauce trick worked on them because it could at least significantly cut back on the butter.
Chocolate Chip Walnut Oatmeal Cookies
Makes: 25-30 cookies (depending on size)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tbsp. butter, unsalted
2.5 tbsp. unsweetened apple sauce
1.5 tsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine flours with next 4 ingredients (through salt), stirring with a whisk.
- Place sugars, butter and apple sauce in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add vanilla and egg, beat until blended. Gradually add flour mixture, beating at low speed until combined.
- Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop dough by tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.