Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Oatmeal-Raisin Bizookies

It seems "sugar-free", completely and totally may not be everyone's thing.  The cookies I made last week might not be sweet enough for some people... but I find after a workout, they're great!  So, along the same thread, I'm offering another sugar-free cookie, but one that tastes a little less obviously like the sugar's missing.  This cookie has the taste of a morning oatmeal.  And really it should, it uses oat flour! 

Oat flour is easy -- just grind the oats in your clean, dry food processor until they're ground enough to look like fine flour.  Pour it out, measure to make sure you have enough, and use as you would 'normal' wheat flour. I had considered skipping the step to soak the raisins, but I'm glad I didn't.  Next time I plan to soak them for longer, to really soften them up.

Again, if the recipe isn't sweet enough for you, consider adding more dried fruits: dried cherries or cranberries might work well.  Try it out.  There's nothing to lose but the sugar.

Oatmeal-Raisin Bizookies
Makes: about 18 cookies

1 1/4 cup oat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 Tbsp coconut oil, solid
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins, soaked
1/4 cup raisin-soaking water, reserved

Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine the dry ingredients.Mix the applesauce, water, and raisins and stir into dry ingredients.  Loosely stir in the coconut oil, leaving some small chunks.

Scoop or roll the dough into 1-inch balls.  Place on lined baking sheet.

Bake cookies for 10 minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Source: Spoonful of Sugar Free.

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