Healthy-ish because the recipe is reasonably healthy (as far as cookies go) but if you're anything like Our Little Family, you'll eat them all within 24 hours and that, my friends, is not healthy. Everything in moderation, right? If we had any left, I'd snap a photo for you. But the fact that there aren't any left should be reason enough for you to run and make some right now!
The recipe I used was based on this one from Whole Foods. If you look at their recipe, ignore all the silly reader comments about using fake eggs and fake butter. Bleh. That is ridiculous. Real food, people. Not something made in a lab. Unless you're allergic, I guess...
Without further ado, here is your no-mixer-required healthy-ish oatmeal cookie recipe.
Healthy-ish Oatmeal Cookies
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon molasses (if you don't have molasses, use brown sugar instead of regular sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter, softened (maybe use 1/3 cup if you skipped the molasses)
1 cup finely chopped pitted prunes
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour, white flour, or regular whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (or semi-sweet if you can't handle the bitter goodness)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or pan liners or, alternatively, grease with butter or spray.
Combine sugar, molasses, vanilla, baking soda, and butter. Add chopped prunes and walnuts, stir until combined. Stir in oats, flour, and salt. Once all ingredients are well-combined, fold in chocolate chips.
Drop by spoonful onto prepared baking sheets. Bake until cooked through and golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
Makes 3 dozen cookies.