Healthy Chocolate Chip- Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Ten in 10 Healthy Challenge.

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Healthy Chocolate Chip- Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 12 min

Why deny yourself sweet treats when you can have a cookie as good as this... guilt-free?

Ingredients:

6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup finely chopped, pitted dates
3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease baking sheets (or line w/ parchment or silpat mats).

2. Place butter in a medium, microwave-safe bowl. Melt in microwave, just until completely melted. Remove from microwave and add brown sugar. Stir until smooth.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together oats, flours, baking soda & salt. Stir into butter sugar mixture along with egg, vanilla and dates. Fold in chopped chocolate and mix well.

4. Drop Tablespoonfuls of the cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until they appear to be set and not gooey in the middles.

Tips:

*FYI- I *hate* dates, and I loved these cookies. If the dates are chopped finely, you really can't detect them in the cookies at all. You'll sometimes find them in containers in the produce section but they're also available in the dried fruits section and are packaged just like dried cranberries.
*There's a good reason for using chopped chocolate over chocolate chips in this recipe. If you use chopped chocolate, the little shards of chocolate get more spread out in the cookies and therefore get more of a chocolate flavor in each cookie. You can certainly sub chocolate chips, but I'd recommend using the mini chocolate chips to get the same spread-out chocolate effect.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1 cookie
Calories per serving: 99
Fat per serving: 2g
Fiber per serving: 1.25g
Protein per serving: 1.5g
Cholesterol per serving: 13mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 16.5g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 2 Old Points Program: 2.5

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from Health)