Keep Your Holiday Baking Light


Replace the sugar and fat with healthier, low calorie options, such as the substitutions in this recipe:

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies:

·         Cooking spray
·         ½ cup Splenda brown sugar
·         ½ cup canola oil
·         1 egg
·         1 teaspoon vanilla
·         2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
·         1 cup whole wheat flour
·         2 cups old fashioned, rolled oats
·         ¼ cup milled flax seed
·         1½ teaspoons cinnamon
·         ½ teaspoon baking soda
·         ½ teaspoon salt
·         ½ cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.   Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.  In a medium bowl, mix together brown sugar and oil.  Add egg and vanilla, and beat until smooth.  Add bananas and beat well.  In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, flax seed, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.  Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and pour in egg mixture.  Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until batter is incorporated.  Stir in cranberries.  Scoop cookies into heaping 2-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden on bottom.

American Diabetes Association

Colleen Forrest, RDN, LDN
Spectrum Health Services, Inc.