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Sub In Coconut … (oil)
One of the Hardest parts for me, in cooking healthier, has always been my desire to eat like like Mario Batali
The man loves food, and he loves the real ingredients that make it up. However, pretty frequently, those real ingredients are conspiring to clog my arteries, swell my waist, and make a sham out of the “healthful eating” that our family deserves. However, as I’ve found that supplementing, nay fortifying, a recipe is both rewarding to do and to share. People ask, “what is that? Jim never has a second cookie at home.”
Most of the trades are pretty simple, and done at a 1:1 ratio. My personal favorite is substituting coconut oil for butter. It works in just about anything. Coconut oil has a high smoke point, the same as peanut oil. Plus, it’s the current miracle food. I’ve used the stuff as diaper cream, no lie. It actually worked really well but you have to be very conscious of double dipping. It’s shelf stable, melts easily, and is dirt cheap at Trader Joe’s. It also makes the kitchen smell exotic.
1. Instead of Butter Use the same amount of coconut oil.
Here’s the pictured recipe. It’s based on the Oatmeal Cookies Recipe from Better Homes and Garden, but tweaked to fit what we’re looking for:
- ¾ C Coconut Oil, Room Temperature
- 1½ C Light Brown Sugar, Lightly Packed
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- ¼ tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp ground cloves (optional)
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1¼ C Whole Wheat Flour
- ½ C Oat Flour
- 2 C Rolled Oats (Old Fashioned)
- ½ C Raisins
- ½ C Chopped Pecans
- ½ C Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Cream the coconut oil, sugar, Baking Powder, Baking Soda and Cinnamon (and possibly cloves) in an electric mixer. maybe creaming isn't the right word without butter... Smash? Forcibly distribute?
- Add the Eggs and Vanilla, scrape down the sides and mix at a medium pace it to incorporate.
- Add half the whole wheat flour and the oat flour. Run the mixer on slow speed and slowly add the rest of the flour.
- Turn off the mixer before sampling.
- Add the Rolled Oats, Raisins, Pecans, and Chips. Fold It like you've got 3-8 offsuit. That's a poker reference. You Should fold if you have 3-8 off suit, unless its free to see the flop.
- Bake 8-10 minutes @ 375 Deg or 8-10 minutes @350 Convection (My Preference)