Sugar-free Butterless Oatmeal Cookies
Sugarless, butterless homemade oatmeal cookies are an excellent choice for breakfasts and snacks for both children and adults. They're quite versatile and pair up well with all kinds of foods.
Homemade sugar-free butterless oatmeal cookies are quite a treat in a time when most of the industrial ones found in supermarkets contain large amounts of sweeteners as well as trans fats and sodium.
So, preparing cookies at home allows you to substitute all the less healthy ingredients for others that are healthier from a nutritional point of view.
The Benefits of Oatmeal
Oatmeal is one of the most consumed grains in the world. Its high nutritional value makes it stand out above other grains since it contains more protein and fiber.
Among its many benefits, it’s important to highlight its benefits for:
Oatmeal is a great regulator of intestinal transit due to its high content of soluble and insoluble fiber. Its intake is recommended to relieve symptoms of gastritis, stomach acidity, and hemorrhoids. This is because it protects the digestive mucous membranes.
In addition, soluble fiber has a prebiotic action that favors the quality of the intestinal flora.
Regular consumption of oatmeal can contribute to a reduction of bile salts during digestion, favoring their elimination and the purification of the gall bladder. Thus, it prevents the formation of bile stones and colic.
The fiber contained in oatmeal reduces the absorption of cholesterol thanks to its dragging action. Therefore, it regulates cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
In addition, its low-fat content promotes proper cardiac function.
Recipes for Sugar-free Butterless Oatmeal Cookies
Here are two different recipes for sugar-free butterless oatmeal cookies. Note that the difference between them lies in the type of fruit used as a sweetener in lieu of refined sugar.
1. Oatmeal, Dates, and Apple Cookies
In this one, you’ll substitute sugar for dates and apples in order to add sweetness to your oatmeal cookies.
- 5 oz of oat flakes
- 5 oz of whole wheat flour
- 10 pitted dates
- 1 large ripe apple, grated
- A pinch of yeast
- 1/3 c. of olive oil or coconut oil
- Almonds for decoration, sliced
- To begin, preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Then, place the dates in a bowl with a little bit of hot water for about 15 minutes.
- Next, when the 15 minutes are up, blend the dates together with a couple of tablespoons of water until you get a smooth puree.
- After, add the oats, flour, yeast, olive or coconut oil, the apple, and the date puree in a bowl. It’s important to mix it well every time you add an ingredient.
- At this point, wet your hands and make little balls with the dough. Arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper, leaving about an inch of space between each portion.
- Then, place the chopped almonds over the cookies and bake them about 6-7 minutes or until golden brown.
- Finally, let them cool down on a rack until they’re crispier and ready to consume.
2. Oatmeal-Banana-Chocolate Cookies
This version of sugar-free oatmeal cookies only requires three ingredients, making it an easy, quick and appropriate recipe to make with children.
- 3 ripe bananas
- 3.5 oz of oats
- Dark chocolate (70% cocoa)
In addition, you can add dried fruits, seeds and nuts, keeping in mind that if you do then you should add more bananas so that the dough doesn’t get too dry.
- To begin, preheat the oven to 350°F
- Then, line a baking tray with parchment or wax paper.
- Next, in a bowl, with the help of a fork, mash the bananas to a puree. Then, add the oatmeal and mix well.
- Chop the chocolate and add it to the bowl.
- At this point, wet your hands and make little balls with the dough and then arrange them on the previously lined baking sheet. You can measure them with a spoon or a mold if you want them uniformed in size.
- Finally, bake for 15 minutes or until you notice that the cookies have turned golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let them cool down.
You can serve these cookies with yogurt, fresh cheese, a smoothie and a piece of fruit for either a healthy breakfast or a light and nutritious snack.