vrijdag 22 november 2013

How to Make Oatmeal Cookies Healthier - Tips and Recipe (Kopie)

Even people who exercise regularly and eat healthy, sometimes want to treat themselves with a cookie or slice of cake. Having a cookie every now and then is not going to harm anyone, because healthy eating is about moderation and making responsible choices.

The most obvious choice is to make your own cookies and replace the “bad” and unpronounceable ingredients with healthier ones. Cookies are never going to be considered health food, but this doesn’t mean they HAVE to be full of trans fat and chemical additives.

Oatmeal cookies are probably the healthiest of all cookies because of the added fiber, minerals and vitamins that the oats bring to them. However, with a few simple changes you can make them even healthier and add them to your diet (in moderation).

Tips on How to Make Oatmeal Cookies Healthier
The main ingredients in most recipes are: sugar, butter, eggs, flour and oats. Modifications you can make:
•Use whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. Whole-wheat flour contains many more of the nutrients that get removed from all-purpose flour during milling. Whole-wheat flour will add even more dietary fiber to the cookies.
•Use olive oil instead of butter. Mediterranean bakers have used olive oil in cakes and cookies for centuries. This is definitely a healthier alternative to the butter, which is commonly regarded as a golden ticket to cardiovascular disease. The best olive oils for baking are the cold-pressed oils of virgin or extra-virgin grade because they do not have strong taste and aroma (brands such as Bertolli, Filippo Berrio and Carapelli). Olive oils also give cookies a light texture.
•Use natural brown sugar instead of white sugar. Make sure that the sugar you use is a natural brown sugar (also known as raw sugar) and not molasses-colored white sugar (often sold in the stores as brown sugar). The main health benefit is that natural brown sugar is processed the natural way and is free from any chemicals. Natural brawn sugar also contains a small amount of vitamins and minerals that you won’t find in white sugar. However, the amount is so small that unless you eat it in industrial quantities, you will see almost no difference in terms of health.

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
These oatmeal cookies are healthier than the originals, tasty, super easy to make and only take 12 minutes in the oven.

1 cup whole-wheat flour
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
60 ml (2 oz) Bertolli olive oil
1 large egg
1/2 cup natural brown sugar (Alternatively, you can use ¼ cup of brown sugar and 3 tablespoons honey)
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

1.In a medium bowl, mix together olive oil, egg, brown sugar, honey and cinnamon.
2.In a separate bowl, combine oats, whole-wheat flour and baking soda. Mix well.
3.Stir the dry ingredients into the olive oil mixture.
4.Roll cookie dough into balls, and place 2.5 cm (1 inch) apart on a baking paper. The dough will be a little bit sticky, so be sure to wet your hands before you roll it into balls.
5.Preheat the oven to 200°C (390°F).
6.Bake for 12 minutes (convection oven).
7.Do not bake for more than 12 min if you don’t like the texture of concrete cookies.
8.Let cool for 10 minutes, then store in an airtight container.

The recipe makes approximately 12-13 cookies (size as shown on the pictures).

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