Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (using applesauce)

This is a guest blog post submitted by Carpe Diem Nutrition Dietetic Intern, Emily Bumgarner.

I definitely have a sweet tooth and my favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin. Oatmeal is a wonderful food alone or used in recipes. It is a slow-digesting, complex carbohydrate, which helps to keep you full for a long time. Incorporating oats into your diet can help with digestive health and may also help to lower cholesterol levels. Oatmeal raisin cookies are a fun way to include oats, but most traditional recipes use a fair amount of fat and sugar. I wanted to try to make a cookie that was a tad healthier than the average cookie. I experimented with replacing the butter and oil in this recipe with unsweetened applesauce, to decrease the amount of fat in the recipe. I found that unsweetened applesauce can be used in place of butter in a 1:1 ratio, meaning use the same measurements. I tasted the unsweetened applesauce before I used it in the cookie recipe and surprisingly it tasted like regular applesauce. Sweetened applesauce has extra sugar added, while unsweetened applesauce only has the natural sugar found in the apples. I also replaced the all-purpose flour with whole-wheat flour, which provided an additional source of fiber. The cookies turned out great and tasted just like the usual oatmeal raisin cookies with butter! I would advise others to try cooking substitutes. It is fun to see how the product will turn out and sometimes it tastes even better than the original! My cookies tasted great and the nutrition facts were even better.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (using applesauce)
Serves: 20 cookies
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups oats
  • ½ cup raisins
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat together applesauce and sugars until creamy.
  3. Add egg and vanilla; beat well.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; mix well.
  5. Stir in oats and raisins; mix well.
  6. Drop cookies onto cookie sheet that is lightly coated with non-stick spray.
  7. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie Calories: 82 Fat: 0.8 g Saturated fat: 0.2 g Unsaturated fat: 0.4 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 18 g Sugar: 9.6 g Sodium: 64 mg Fiber: 1.3 g Protein: 1.8 g Cholesterol: 9.3 g