My New Favorite Cookie: Healthier Oatmeal Fig Cookies
Hi, guys! I hope everyone’s week is going smoothly, so far. I have such a treat for y’all today and I’m sharing these soft chewy scrumptious Healthier Oatmeal Fig Cookies for Fit Tip Tuesday, proving that you can totally make dessert healthy, but tasty too. The dried figs in these cookies make them taste so sweet and decadent, while adding plenty of antioxidants and a host of other nutrients. These Healthier Oatmeal Fig Cookies taste like dessert, but are totally healthy enough to have for breakfast. Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please!
Dried figs have more fiber per serving than any other fruit, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Figs are a great source of Vitamin K and Potassium and a good source of Calcium and Magnesium. They also contain an antioxidant called phenols, which may lower your risk for heart disease and cancer by preventing cell damage by dangerous free radicals. If you don’t have dried figs on hand, though, feel free to use dates, raisins or dried apricots instead. I also think that these would be great with added chopped nuts or even some mini chocolate chips thrown in. How’s that for decadence? 🙂
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats use gluten-free as needed
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup finely chopped dried figs I used Organic Made in Nature Golden Delicious Calimyrna figs from Costco
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup maple syrup honey would work too
- 2 tablespoon applesauce
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil melted (other oils or butter would also work)
- 1/2 cup almond meal/flour (I used store-bought but you can make your own almond flour, by grinding raw almonds into a flour either in a food processor or high-speed blender.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and prepare baking sheet with parchment paper, cooking spray or Silpat mat.
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl, then toss in dried figs.
Lightly beat 2 eggs in a medium bowl and then stir in all other wet ingredients. I quickly stir in melted coconut oil and then quickly stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. This is to limit the coconut oil from hardening.
Batter will be very moist. Stir in almond flour.
Drop spoonfuls of batter on baking sheet. Cookies will not spread, so shape them however you want before baking.
Bake for about 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack.
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Something to think about…..
Do you love figs as much as I do? Have you ever used figs in a recipe?
What is your favorite “healthy” dessert that tastes decadent too?
Do you have a Fit Tip today? Do share!
Make your Tuesday terrific!!!