Then I researched what I could substitute to make them a tad 'healthier'. Here are Nikki's ingredients compared to my substitutions:
- 1 3/4 cup oats
- 1-1/2 cups flour --> sub'd 1 cup whole wheat flour & 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1 cup sugar --> sub'd 1/4 cup honey & 3 tbsp of white & brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt (I only added a few shakes)
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 cup shortening --> sub'd1/2 cup coconut oil (per this site, it said to use a bit less than the original ingredient call for when substituting...and learning LOTS about this oil's benefits here!)
- 2 mashed bananas
- 1 egg --> sub'd 1 tbsp flax-seed meal mixed with 3 tbsp water (stir & let sit for 2 min before mixing in with everything - got this idea from the package!)
I also added:
- 3 tbsp of mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tbsp Chia seeds (I've recently discovered that these are quite amazing little 'super' seeds!)
I have to say they came out amazing!!! They definitely taste 'healthy' but I just feel SO much better eating 2 or 3 when I've made the effort to substitute whatever I could for a better option. I need to get Stevia or a healthier sweetener in place of sugar though. They came out so moist and flavorful...this batch made 20 cookies.
I tried out the Recipe Analyzer (SO cool) at CalorieCount.About.com to get a better idea of calories - which I think I only reduced the original recipe by 12 calories or so, haha...check it out HERE:
Nikki's recipe also called for a frosting...though these are so moist I felt like they really didn't need it. But just to try something different, I found this recipe for a Greek yogurt 'frosting'.
It's not nearly as thick as a regular frosting, but adds a little something to these cookies! I didn't add it to them all, just mixed it up, put it into a Tupperware & have it in the fridge - that way we can only add it if we really want it!