So you decided to change your lifestyle, lose some weight and eat healthier BUT you have a sweet tooth and you like your treats, what do you do?
These delicious low calorie caramel apple oatmeal cookies could well be the answer. At a mere 80 calories each they are not going to destroy your new lifestyle choice to a better you, I personally don’t believe in depravation, a little of what you fancy every now and then is good for the soul, just try and make sure it is only ‘a little’!
Oatmeal is well documented for its health benefits helping lower cholesterol, aid a low fat diet, whilst being high in fibre and B vitamins. Combine that with the dried apple and scrumptious caramel bits and you have a real treat to nibble on.
3 cups flour
3 cups rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup sugar <— This could be replaced with sugar alternative
1 1/2 cup brown sugar <— This could be replaced with sugar alternative
3/4 cup unsalted butter
4 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup chopped up dried apples
1 1/2 cup chopped caramel candies
Preheat the oven to 350°F
In a medium sized bowl combine the flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Get a large bowl and add the butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Cream together with an electric mixer.
Continue beating on medium speed. Add the vanilla and egg. Next, add in the flour and oat mixture 1/2 cup at a time.
Once everything is well mixed, grab a rubber spatula and use it to fold in the apples and caramel.
Line your baking pans with parchment paper (you don’t want to just grease them because the caramel will stick). Drop the dough onto the baking pan. Each cookie should be about two tablespoons of the dough. Make sure they’re around two inches apart. Flatten each cookie slightly with a glass.
Bake for 9 minutes. Cool on pan for 2 minutes and then let them cool completely on a wire rack. Be very careful about eating them while they’re hot because the caramel may burn you.
Note: Sugar alternative that I personally use are Xylitol and Stevia (Stevia is extremely sweet depending on your sweet tooth)