Easy Heart Healthy – Diabetes Friendly Recipes – Moist and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
There are cookies you can buy in stores that may satisfy the needs of diabetics, but they are likely not good choices for a heart healthy diet. These oatmeal cookies are low in sodium, very low in fat and sugar; and very tasty. They contain ingredients that are reportedly heart healthy and diabetic friendly. Among the most notable ingredients are oatmeal, whole wheat flour and cinnamon.
Unlike most homemade cookies, these are better the second day. They have a cake-like texture and, when kept in an airtight container overnight, become very moist and chewy.
Ingredients (makes 3-4 dozen depending on size):
1 Cup Applesauce (reduced sugar or no sugar added)
3 Tbsp Smart Balance Margarine with Olive Oil – room temperature (don’t use a butter blend)
1/2 Cup Firmly Packed Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1/4 Cup Splenda Granulated Sugar Blend
1/2 Cup Egg Beaters
1 tsp Vanilla
1½ Cups Whole Wheat Flour (we use King Arthur brand)
1 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Cinnamon
3 cup Quaker Quick Oats – uncooked
Optional: 1 cup chopped pecans, or 1½ cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
Heat your oven to 350 F.
Beat together sugar blends, applesauce, margarine until creamy.
Add Egg Beaters and vanilla; beat well.
Add combined flour, baking soda and cinnamon; mix well.
Stir in optional pecans or chocolate chips.
Stir in oats; mix well making sure all oatmeal is moistened.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Shape dropped cookies with a fork, smoothing the edges and patting down the center – this is the secret to making sure the centers are done & the edges are not overdone. Cookies should be about 1/ 4 inch thick before baking.
Bake 11 minutes. Timing is crucial as overbaking causes the cookies to become hard.
Cool for about a minute on the cookie sheet; remove to waxed paper to cool completely (about 15 minutes).
Store the cookies in an air tight container to preserve moisture.
Nutrition per cookie (if you make 3.5 dozen):
Calories 58, Fat 1/2 g (sat fat less than 1/10 g), Cholesterol 0 g, Carbs 12 g, Sodium 10 mg, Potassium 2 mg, Sugar 4 g, Fiber less than 1 g, Protein 2 g. This nutrition information does not include the optional ingredients. Be sure to add in the information for the nuts or chocolate chips if you use them. These cookies are delicious with or without the nuts and/or chocolate!
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My husband, who has been a diabetic for many years, had a near-fatal heart attack in December 2009 – just before Christmas. We had to change everything about how we live and what we eat every day. He is not overweight, he is not sedentary, and he is a Type 2 Diabetic. His parents were diabetic, all four grandparents were diabetic, his brothers are diabetic – his genetics were definitely against him. Keeping that diabetes under control proved difficult – the additives in most processed foods made it nearly impossible. We thought that keeping his “sugar” under 200 was enough – that was flawed thinking as was proved by that near-fatal heart attack. So, we researched, read labels and taught ourselves what to buy, and, more importantly what not to buy.
Some easy, uncomplicated rules to help:
Ninety percent of your shopping cart should be filled with items sold on the edges of the supermarket – don’t browse the aisles. Go down them only for things on your list – this limits my temptations, and will help you too!
No trans-fats, no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated anything. If those words are on the label, drop it like it’s on fire!
No need to read everything on the label, just scan it. Make sure sugar is not the first ingredient; avoid the word “syrup” as often as possible.
Avoid, or eat sparingly, palm or palm kernel oils – they are saturated, as are the fats in most meats. Palm oil is usually found in that creamy, chocolate candy many of us love.
Have beef or pork only once a week and in a very small, very lean portion. Eat chicken or turkey instead – white meat, please.
Eat fish twice a week and eat one meatless meal each week.
Be healthy, enjoy and come back often for more recipes and tips!
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