Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Whole Wheat Dried Fruit and Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

3 WWPP Posted by 9 years ago 14 Comments

This cookie recipe is a variation of my Chocolate Oatmeal Walnut Cookies. They are made exactly the same with just a few tweaks to change up the flavor a bit. I also lowered the sugar to 1/2 cup to cut back on the calories a bit. It worked! They are perfectly sweetened and these guys are now under 50 calories a cookie AND they are made with such good stuff! I’m such a fan of getting some nutritional value from my treats. It makes me feel good, especially when the toddler enjoys them too. :) Whole Wheat Dried Fruit and Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 cup whole wheat white flour (120g)
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (80g)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar (105g)
  • 1 tbsp molasses (20g)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 oz fat free cream cheese
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (30g)
  • 1/3 raisins or dried fruit chopped (I used a combo of cherries & blueberries)

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Place the sugar, butter, molasses and cream cheese in a bowl and beat with a mixer at medium-high speed until well blended. Add vanilla and egg beat again until blended finishing the wet ingredients.

Gradually add the flour/oats mixture to the wet ingredients, beating at low speed just until combined. Once all the dry ingredients are incorporated stir in walnuts and dried fruit. Click here to watch a video of the toddler and I making a similar cookie.

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets sprayed with non-stick cooking spray or lined with parchment paper. The dough will be sticky, try to flatten a bit as the dough will not melt as much as traditional cookies. Makes 36 cookies (3 dozen).

Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned. Cool on the cookie sheet for about 2 minutes before enjoying the warm cookie! :)

To make more festive or involve the kids more, add sprinkles to the top just before baking!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
18 2 Cookies
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
96 3g 1g old: 2 new: 3
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
7g 1g 16g 3g

See other recipes using: butter, cream cheese, molasses, oatmeal, raisins, walnuts, whole wheat flour

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    December 22, 2008

    Wow, that is awesome! Thanks for sharing. I was looking for a good hearty healthy cookie recipe!


    December 22, 2008

    Mmmmm... anything with molasses in it has GOT to be good :)


    December 23, 2008

    love cookies!!!!!!!!!! they sound and look good. will print out and make soon. Merry Christmas to you, your toddler and hubby. Happy cooking!! karen

    Krista S.

    December 23, 2008

    Well we loved the chocolate version, so I'm sure these will be a hit, too! Thanks, Roni.


    December 24, 2008

    Roni - These look great but I have a question. Can I use regular sugar? Thanks!


    December 24, 2008

    Sure! :)


    December 24, 2008

    Excellent recipe , let's make link exchange, please contact me via provided email ! Thanks .


    December 25, 2008

    Roni, those cookies look delicious!! I definitely want to give them a try! Thanks for continuing to be so inventive! I love your recipes!! :)


    January 19, 2009

    Do you think I can skip out on the cream cheese? I don't like cream cheese and never have it on hand.


    January 20, 2009

    Kaman - That's a tought one as the Cream Cheese is really replacing the butter. If you take that away you really have nothing to "cream" for the cookies. That being said, it's worth a try! I'm one for experiments in the kitchen. :)


    April 19, 2009

    hey roni- making these right now and I realized at the end you don't ever say to add the molasses. at least that I can see. :) I added it at the very end. 5 min and counting... 4.... 3... ~Lisa


    April 20, 2009

    Gosh I have a habit of doing that! You should add it with the butter and sugar. I edited the recipe. :) Thanks!


    November 26, 2014

    I like to add wheat germ and flax powder (might try chia seeds) to some recipes (mostly baked goods). How do you suggest modifying the recipe when adding dry ingredients like those?


    December 1, 2014

    If it's chia, I'd just add at the very end. Not sure about Wheat Germ, I never used it. Flax acts like an oil, I'd just add a little without modifying.