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Oatmeal Raisin Bites
This dessert will come in handy at Halloween
Serving size: one large cookie. Recipe makes 32 large cookies.
6 tablespoons butter, softened
6 tablespoons fat-free or light cream cheese
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup low-fat buttermilk
¼ cup egg substitute
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup unbleached flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
3 cups quick or old fashioned oats
1 cup raisins
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat two cookies sheets with canola cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat the butter with cream cheese. Beat in the sugars, buttermilk, egg substitute, maple syrup and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.
2. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; beat into the butter mixture, mixing well.
3. Still in the oats, raisins and nuts if desired, mixing well.
4. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls to form cookies and place 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. For flatter rather than rounded cookies, press each cookie mound down lightly with a spoon, spatula or your fingers.
5. Bake one cookie sheet at a time, in the upper third of the oven, for about 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove the cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Calories from fat 22 percent
Total fat 3 grams
Saturated fat: .4 grams
Cholesterol 5 milligrams
Sodium 36 milligrams
Carbohydrate 22 grams
Dietary fiber 1.2 grams
Protein 2 grams
E. Magee, Tell Me What to Eat if I have Diabetes. American Diabetes Association, Alexandria, The Career Press, Franklin, New Jersey, 1999.