I love oatmeal cookies – even the ones with raisins, although chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are probably my favorite. I just love the hearty, oat flavor from the oatmeal. Unfortunately, I was running low on oatmeal, so I replaced some of the oatmeal with wheat bran. And since I was changing everything else around, I thought I’d use spelt flour instead of my usual white whole wheat. The results? Possibly my favorite oatmeal chocolate chip cookies ever! They were very tasty and ended up being pretty healthy too with only 200 calories per (very large) cookie. Unfortunately (or fortunately) they were so good that I ended up eating two! Oh well =). If you’re an oatmeal cookie fan, you should give this recipe a try. Enjoy!

Spelt Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup spelt flour
1 cup unprocessed wheat bran
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup special dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In bowl of stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in applesauce, egg, and vanilla.
3. In separate bowl, combine oats, flour, wheat bran, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine. On low speed, gradually add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Scoop dough on baking sheets using a #20 scoop (6 cookies per baking sheet). Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown but centers are not completely set. Yield: 12 large cookies.

Nutritional info (per cookie): 201 calories; 7.6 g fat; 30.8 g carbohydrates; 3.4 g fiber; 3.4 g protein.

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