Okay, it’s not until tomorrow, but how could I resist national oatmeal cookie day?! Coincidentally, it’s also national raisin day so you might want to toss some raisins into those cookies.
You might be wondering what I, a dietitian, am doing promoting national oatmeal cookie day. For one, us dietitians are not actually the food police, contrary to popular belief. We also enjoy cookies and so far as cookies go, oatmeal can be one of the healthier options. Oats are a good source of fibre, 2.1 grams per 20 gram serving. They also have a fair amount of protein (3.38 grams).
If you want to make your favourite oatmeal cookies healthier, try making some substitutions. Replace each egg with one tablespoon of ground flax combined with three tablespoons of warm water. Replace butter with a combination of apple sauce or mashed banana and vegetable oil. You can even try sneaking in some pureed lentils to replace some of the fat! I know it sounds kind of gross but if you’ve ever tried this it actually works, no one would guess the secret ingredient. Just don’t go eating half the batch because they’re “healthy”.