Oh, the ubiquitous cookie. It comes in so many tasty forms. You may love a chunky peanut butter cookie or a spicy Snickerdoodle. Of course, a warm chocolate (or carob) chip can make people swoon. But it’s the oatmeal cookie that can fill your belly in times of stress. Accompanied with a cup of milk, a warm fire and great book, and you’ll find that your stress may melt away. Seriously, you just can’t go wrong unless you’re one of the few people who struggle with oatmeal sensitivity or allergy.

Oatmeal has so many benefits. It’s a good source of fiber. You can spice it up or simple it down with raisins, cranberries, bananas, chocolate chips, carob chips, your choice of nuts and more. If sugar is on your bad list, you can use applesauce instead. Here’s a recipe that you might enjoy!


1 1/4 cups quick oats
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
4 tablespoons unsalted butter — melted
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey

Optional Additions
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup well chopped raw walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup chocolate (or carob) chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • In a large bowl, mix oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the applesauce, butter, egg, vanilla, and honey. Mix until blended. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until combined.  Fold in the chocolate chips, raisins, and walnuts. Place in the refrigerator and let chill for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days.
  • Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. Using a spoon, create 1.5″ balls with the dough mixture. Place on baking sheet 1″ apart. Using the back of a spoon, gently flatten each cookie to about 3/4-inch thick.
  • Bake until golden and firm around the edges and set on top, about 9 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and then transfer to a cookie sheet to cool.