Friday, October 17, 2008

Low Fat Pineapple Oatmeal Cookies

Have you heard people tell you that bananas are fattening,I cannot count the number of times I have heard this particular statement from different sources.For some people,this myth is so deeply ingrained that no amount of convincing helps change their minds.Fact is that any weight gain simply happens when the overall calories consumed in a day is higher than the calories burned that day.

Here are some facts about bananas, an average medium sized banana is only about 105 calories and bananas are a good source of fiber, magnesium, and potassium, all of which can help manage blood pressure. They're also a good source of vitamin B6, which helps boost your immune system. And think about it, it is definitely far healthier to snack on bananas than say a bag of chips which for an ounce has about 150 calories  or a large glazed doughnut which has about 299 calories. For more about calories in some of the snacks we consume check out this  website

Coming to a recipe completely unrelated to bananas, here is the recipe of  pineapple oatmeal cookies. I had a can of crushed pineapple that I had opened and wanted to use it up soon. I have been wanting to try making pineapple cookies for quite some time now and after looking around for recipes I did not find any that appealed to me.So I decided to make up the recipe as I went along to make this cookie. The cookies turned out soft and chewy and mildly sweet and made an excellent low fat guilt free snack.



Ingredients and Method to make Low fat Pineapple Oatmeal cookies

1/4 C Whole wheat flour
2 C 1 minute oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp brown sugar

1/3 cup egg whites (equivalent to whites from 2 eggs as per the carton)
1/4 C oil
3 tbsp agave nectar
1/4 C honey

1/2 C raisins
3/4 C crushed pineapple with juice (no sugar added )

Preheat oven to 350 deg F

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and keep aside

In a large bowl, mix well all the dry ingredients, items 1 through 7

In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites lightly, add oil, honey and agave nectar and mix well.

Fold in the egg and oil mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Add raisins and pineapple with juice and mix well.

Keep this mixture aside for about 20 to 25 minutes until the oats become a little softer and the moisture is absorbed.

Drop spoonfuls of this mixture on the cookie sheet about an inch apart and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until it turns brown.

Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

Yields about 20 medium sized cookies


Notes:

Instead of the whole wheat flour you can easily substitute all purpose flour.




This is my entry into Original Recipe Event  being hosted by Lore

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50 comments :

anudivya said...

So, I can eat as many bananas as I want??? Yay! Had two already today, and before I die of an overdose of bananas, let me tell you these cookies are sooo good!

Sireesha said...

Cookies look healthy and yummy...

mitr_bayarea said...

pineapple addition to these cookies is a great idea.

Malar Gandhi said...

Hi Usha, recipe sounds very healthy to me!

srikars kitchen said...

wow...looks delicious..... nice entry..

Gita's Kitchen said...

Pineapples in cookies, sounds so yummy. Nice to know that we have the same tastes :)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

pineapple cookies.. sounds delicious.whatever u try, it turns out great.. i can see that in the pics :)

Saju said...

thanks for the recipe, I am making the cookies tomorrow.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This sound to be healthy. Looks so good. YUM! Nice recipe...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

an award is waiting for u

Viki Xavier. said...

Hi Usha, Thanks for visiting me .I like your views on banana. This is what i have been telling everyone around me. Moreover the potassium content in Banana is very high and it helps to relieve muscle cramps in leg.
Your cookies are lovely.Totally your blog is wonderful.Good job done.
Regards, viki.

aTxVegn said...

You are so right about bananas. Aren't they completely fat free?!!

The cookies look delicious. I love how moist and chewy they look!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Thanx for sharing the info and cookie looks nice!

Sagari said...

adding pineapple to cookies is a great idea ,nice recipe usha

rekhas kitchen said...

nice info about Banana usha I hate people who says about food dont eat that that will hormfull for you and all If you are having in a balance nothing will be harmfull for you and comming to Banana that is one of my fav fruit and it's good for digetion also my grand father use to have every day 1 Banana in the night and he died at 98 without any col. prob. ok Iam stoping here mmmm pineapple and oats in cookies intresting i will give this recipe to my sis.

Cham said...

Pineapple is great flavor, love the way they came out.

Laavanya said...

I know! It always surprises me when I hear that.. I love pineapples never thought of making cookies with them - fab idea.

Lore said...

Just hand me a couple of these cookies and I'll start think I'm on a distant exotic beach. They sound delicious and thanks for shariong them with Original Recipes!

Jaishree said...

Cookies look healthy and yummy..This sound to be healthy.Thanks for sharing usha..

Adlak's tiny world said...

Nice entry with good info of Bananas. yr cookies are so crispy and yummy. Y dont u be my neighbour yar. Missing all d stuffs.

U have something in myblog pls check out.

Uma said...

the cookies look so good Usha! yummy.

n33ma said...

Pretty cookies.....healthy too

Curry Leaf said...

Love the cookies-I love anything with pineapple

Bharti said...

LOL, yes I get annoyed when people say bananas are fattening.
Hello..compared to what???
The pineapple cookies sound unique.

Priti said...

Cookies looking pretty and yum....and that's some nice info abt banana ;)

Dershana said...

The cookies look perfect. Wish you were somewhere close by so that I could coax you into giving up a few :-(

Shreya said...

hi, lovely cookies... I really thought that bananas were fattening too! thanks for the info, and grt entry..

*Priscilla* said...

those cookies look soo good. thanks for the comment on my blog!!

sowmya said...

Another beautiful cookie recipe from you..Adding pineapple in cookies is something vey new ..

cooker said...

Amazing innovative cookies.

Vaishali said...

Hi Usha, those are beautiful cookies. To answer your query on the banana oat scones, I used whole wheat pastry flour. I almost never bake sweet baked goods with regular whole wheat because I find it too dense, although you seem to have done a great job using it in these cookies.

Pam said...

I love finding healthy cookie recipes that are full of flavor. I can't wait to try these.

Maria said...

I have never used pineapple in my cookies! These look great.

raaji said...

vow pineapple cookies!!!!!!!
Can u send me them?????
i would love to taste them.....

Pearlsofeast said...

Oh they sound great Usha,U mentioned that they are soft and chewy but try dried pineapple bits, they are good too.Love the ingredients.

Divya Vikram said...

They look too good..Pineapple n oatmeal sounds likea good combo..

eatme_delicious said...

Mmm I love cookies and I love that these are a healthier version!

Usha said...

Thanks Divya..don't overdo the bananas...:-)


Sireesha, Mitr and Malar, Thanks:-)

Usha said...

SriPriya, Gita and Mahimaa, Thanks so much :-)


Saju, Thanks for visiting, hope you like it as much as I did :-)


Thanks Sukanya..

Mahimaa Thanks for the award...

Usha said...

Hey Viki..thanks for visiting hope to see you here again...


Hey Atxvegn..yes they are....


Sagari and Raks...Thanks :-)

Usha said...

Hey Rekha Thanks do let me know if your sis tries it...


Cham, Laavanya and Lore thanks for visiting...


Jaishree nice to see you here...

Usha said...

Adlaks thanks so much for the award..


Uma, N33ma, curryleaf thanks for dropping by...

Usha said...

Bharti..I agree I hope more people realize that bananas are so healthy and stop avoiding this great fruit...


Priti and Dershana..Thanks so much for dropping by...



Shreya thanks..hope you enjoy this fruit in the future :-)

Usha said...

Priscilla, Sowmya and Cooker thanks for visiting...


Vaishali, thanks for your comment and for replying to my question, the only reason the wheat flour worked in this case is because I used so little of it....

Pam and Maria, Thanks for dropping by...

Usha said...

Thanks Raaji...


Hey Pearls of East, thanks I loved your tip of using dried pineapple bits...will try this sometime..


Divya and Eat me Delicious thanks for visiting :-)

Kavitha said...

Hi usha! wonderful! i was surprised to see too many recipes in your blog. wow! one day is not enough to go thru. How come yar, so patiently you have did this?? Really amazing.Pineapple cookies recipe is really useful for me, as i like, sorry sorry, love cookies. That too low fat cookies, i'm happy. I'l try in my home. you can also view my blog and post ur suggestions. Visit me at http://kaviskaimanam.blogspot.com/.

Shella said...

these look really yumm and to think of it that they are so healthy too....cant miss giving a try to these

Michelle said...

I know I'm coming to the game late, but I need to share some well deserved kudos :) Since my dad loves oatmeal raisin cookies and pineapple separately, I figured this would be a perfect blend of both for his birthday. Besides using all purpose flour instead of wheat flour, I followed the recipe exactly and the cookies turned out sturdy, but soft, moist, and overall a huge hit with the entire family. Thank you! I'm looking forward to trying out the rest of your recipes!

Usha said...

Thanks Kavitha !

Thanks Shella !

Usha said...

Thanks Michelle, I am so glad that you and your family liked the cookies !

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