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Sept. 22, 2011

By Ginger Isham


The following low-fat recipe for oatmeal applesauce cookies came from a dear friend a few weeks ago and I thought it was worth sharing because it is heart healthy and doesn’t contain any fat. I have made them numerous times and each time I marvel at how easy they are to make. I recently made them with one daughter’s homemade, unsweetened applesauce, another daughter’s gift of dried cranberries, and sprinkled them with natural sugar that was a gift from an older friend. I guess I could call them friendship cookies.



3 cups oatmeal (regular or quick)

1 cup whole-wheat flour (I add one or two tablespoons wheat germ sometimes)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup sugar (2/3 or 3/4 cup is enough)

1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla

2/3 cup dried cranberries, raisins or other dried fruit and/or chopped nuts

Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl. Stir in applesauce and vanilla. Mix well. Shape into walnut-size balls and place on oiled cookie sheet. Flatten a little with bottom of a small glass that is frequently dipped in sugar. You could press half a nut on top before baking if omitted from batter. Bake on 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Let set for 3 minutes before moving to rack to cool.



1 14-ounce jar of roasted red peppers, drained (I bought one large, whole pepper at local supermarket – surprised it cost me a little over $6!)

1 frozen whole-wheat pizza dough (thawed)

1 tablespoon corn meal

1/2 pound shredded smoked Gouda, or mozzarella or pizza mix cheese

1 medium zucchini (sliced thin)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (I use 1/2 teaspoon oregano and 1/2 teaspoon basil)

2 cloves of garlic (crushed)

Shape pizza dough into round circle on oiled pizza pan or baking sheet. Sprinkle with corn meal.  Dry the red pepper(s) and put in a food mill and blend until smooth. Spread this over the pizza dough. Sprinkle cheese all over. Place slices of zucchini in plastic bag with oil, garlic and seasonings. Shake well. Place slices on top of cheese. Bake on 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Delicious!


Note: You could combine summer squash and zucchini or use other veggies.

Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.


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