Saturday, April 14, 2012
Money Saving Homemade Almost Kashi Whole Grain Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
A Bacon Time reader by the name of Lorie Krajewski recently emailed me with a challenge. She wanted to know if I could come up with a recipe similar to Kashi's Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Soft-Baked Cookies. She personally loves the cookies, but at around 50 cents a piece, she was hoping to find a more affordable way to satisfy her craving for the wholegrain treat. I think I came up with a recipe that is very similar tasting to the Kashi cookies.
The good news is that my homemade whole grain cookies cost almost half the price of the store bought cookies. When I gave a blind taste test to my husband and two boys, the homemade cookies were a unanimous favorite.
Kashi's cookies cost me in the store $3.99 for a box of 8 cookies (that's about 50 cents a piece). Calculating the percentage of each item used that I purchased to make the cookies, I made 30 servings for about $8.37, making each of my similar treats only 28 cents each. Note I purchased all of my ingredients for the cookies at Walmart.
Nutrition wise, my cookies are packed full of whole grains, like Kashi. My cookies did end up being more calories then the Kashi brand, Kashi's are 130 calories a cookie, mine were about 193 per a cookie. I think my cookies might have been a little bigger. I also used a greater percentage of nuts I am guessing then they did, adding more protein and calories to mine. As a hypoglycemic, I was happy with the added protein. TIP If you wanted to reduce the calories, you could simply add less nuts and a more oats.
2 Cups of Unsifted (but not packed) All Natural Whole Wheat Flower
1 1/2 Cups of 100% Whole Grain Quick Oats
1 (12 ounce bag) of chocolate morsels
2 large eggs
1 (9 ounce can) mixed nuts, chopped finely
4 ounces of Unsweetened Apple Sauce
1/2 cup honey
5 Tbs Canola Oil
3 Tbs of unsalted butter, at room temperature
10 small packets of Truvia natural sweetener (or 20 teaspoons of sugar)
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract (I used Imitation Vanilla)
1 Tsp Salt
Very Simple recipe, all you need to do is mix all of your ingedients together until well combined. Then bake your cookies at 375 F degrees for 14 to 15 minutes.
I really think my cookies taste better then Kashi cookies, but then fresh baked cookies are always hard to beat.
I hope everyone including Lorie enjoys this recipe. If you try it and compare it to the Kashi cookies I would love to hear what you think in a comment below.