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Healthier Soft Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
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Healthier Soft Oatmeal Cookies

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"My family loves these oatmeal cookies, and with my made-over version, they are a great way to sneak extra fiber and grains into their diet! I reduce the sugar, add whole wheat, use rolled oats and add dates (for extra fiber!)"

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Beat butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Beat in vanilla extract. Combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a separate bowl; stir into butter mixture. Fold in oats and dates. Cover and chill dough for at least one hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease two baking sheets.
  3. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls and place 2 inches apart onto baking sheets. Flatten each cookie with a large fork.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until cookies are golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Jun 09, 2012

These are DELISH!!! I used 1/2 coconut oil, 1/2 unsweetened applesauce, and Stevia in place of sugar. I didn't use dates nor nuts----but some butterscotch chips I had left over. So yummy. I will make these again for sure.

Jun 08, 2012

These cookies were fabulous!! We used raisins instead of dates and did add some butterscotch chips. One word of sure to let the dough chill long enough. We formed the balls after only one hour of chilling and they got a bit sticky and gooey on our hands. We solved that my dipping our hands in flour before rolling each ball but chilling longer would have helped that. Can't wait to make them again and they are filling.

Sep 19, 2012

So here's what I did: 1) I added 1 cup of pecans to the mix 2) I did not chill the dough, just dropped it by teaspoonfuls onto the cookie sheet 3) Didn't press down the mounds of dough with a fork, just let them bake puffed up, and got a softer cookie Everything worked out just great!

Aug 01, 2013

I tried this recipe using 1/2 coconut oil and 1/2 natural peanut butter, then subbed out the white sugar for stevia, the white flour for coconut flour and the dates for mashed ripe banana. AMAZING!

Feb 08, 2013

I used "egg beaters" instead of the eggs. I also used "Smart Balance" 50/50 omega spread in place of butter. I used 1 c dark chocolate chips instead of the dates. And I didn't chill the dough, just dropped them by tablespoonful on the cookie sheet and didn't press them down. Baked them 8 minutes. They were absolutely great. Next time, I'll sub some of the butter for unsweetened applesauce, as others have suggested.

Jan 05, 2013

A perfectly dependable recipe, and I mean that in the nicest way! This recipe made a nice batch of great oatmeal cookies. Very sweet, especially with the dates, but the cookies turn out very nice so to alter the sugar, flour/ oat ingredients might change the integrity of the cookie. Love that it uses whole wheat flour. I used unsalted butter and am glad I did as the cookies are plenty salty. I will use this recipe again and play around with some of the other suggestions made by other reviewers. (coconut oil, flax seeds, etc.) to make them even 'healthier'.

Aug 13, 2012

soft and yummy even the next day!

Nov 21, 2013

My changes: 1/4 cup stevia in place of 1/2 cup white sugar 3/4 cup raw coconut crystals in place of brown sugar 2 cups of all-purpose flour in place of 1 all-purpose and 1 whole wheat. I just ran out of whole wheat or I would have used it m 1/2 cup simply smart omega-3 spread and 1/2 cup apple sauce in place of 1 cup of butter 2/3 cup dates in place of 1 cup dates 3/4 cup of raisins Came out great! Picky the kid (3 yrs) loves them!


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  • Calories
  • 209 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30.2 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 36 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 8.9 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 3.3 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 213 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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