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Author Notes: I've always loved walnuts, so imagine my thrill when they started making the list of so-called superfoods! This recipe was inspired by Rivka's (www.notderbypie.com) Thick, Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, my go-to recipe for chewy oatmeal cookies (although I can't stop playing around with it...) I've always thought they were good for breakfast (oatmeal in a cookie), so I played around with the recipe to include the list du jour of "healthy" ingredients, and created sort of a mashup between a muffin and a cookie. (mookie? cuffin? Could this be the next cronut? You be the judge.) —drbabs
Makes about 20
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 TB chia seeds
- 6 TB (3/4 stick) butter
- 1/2 cup, packed light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1 heaping tablespoon natural cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup golden raisins (or other dried fruit)
- Stir the chia seeds into the applesauce and set aside. Place liners into 2 12-cup muffin tins.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, kosher salt, cinnamon, allspice and cocoa powder.
- In a large mixing bowl (or stand mixer), cream together the butter and brown sugar till light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla. Blend till smooth. Blend in the applesauce-chia mixture. Stir in the flour mixture till completely blended with no raw flour visible. Fold in the oats, walnuts and raisins.
- Using a medium sized cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 tablespoons), scoop the dough and roll it between your hand into balls. Place the balls into the muffin cups (or into a ziplock freezer bag if you don't want to make all the treats at once). Freeze the dough either in the bag or in the muffin tins for about an hour.
- Heat the oven to 350. Bake treats 10 minutes, then reverse the pans and bake for another 10-15 minutes. When finished, they will be dry on the surface, and a toothpick inserted in the center will come out without crumbs.
- Remove the treats from the pans and cool them on a wire rack.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Breakfast Baked Good
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Walnuts