Hungry Girl Goes… In Search of Guilt-Free Cookies!
Good news! I've got some no-guilt cookie finds — yay!!!!
Quaker Crunchy Oat Granola Cookies and Soft Baked Cookies
Whether you crave giant soft cookies or smaller crunchy ones, Quaker's got 'em! The popular oat company has been around for more than 130 years, but believe it or not, it wasn't until this past year that it started churning out oatmeal cookies. The large Soft Baked Cookies are individually wrapped, which makes it easier to stop after one. And the small Crunchy Oat ones come in portioned-out packs. Cookie-rific!
Each serving (1 soft cookie or a package of 4 crunchy cookies) has 160 - 180 calories, 6 - 8g fat, 25 - 27g carbs, 4g fiber, 2 - 3g protein, and a PointsPlus® value of 4 - 5.
Nabisco 100 Cal Cookie Packs
Back in the day, these cookies set a serious trend in motion with the 100-calorie-pack snack craze, and I'm glad to say they're still going strong! The Oreo and Chips Ahoy! Thin Crisps are small wafers that taste like their full-fat cookie counterparts — perfect right out of the bag as a mini sweet snack. Or crush 'em up and add to a cup of low-fat or fat-free yogurt, a sugar-free pudding snack... even oatmeal! Nabisco also makes 100-calorie packs of Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookie Crisps, which are a little more dense and super delicious.
Each pack has 100 calories, 2 - 3g fat, 16 - 19g carbs, 0 - 1g fiber, 1g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 3.
Corazonas Oatmeal Squares
With these tasty oat treats, you can have cookies for breakfast and feel good about it! Each square is dense and chewy... somewhere in between a soft cookie and a chewy granola bar. And the flavor options rock — Chocolate Brownie & Almonds, Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Peanut Butter and more. Plus, they've got protein and fiber to keep you feeling satisfied. Dessert? Breakfast? Snack time? Yup!!!
Each square has 180 - 200 calories, 4.5 - 9g fat, 25 - 29g carbs, 5 - 6g fiber, 6g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 4 - 5.
Breyers Blasts! (Cookie Varieties)
This stuff is almost too good to be true — ice cream with chunks of cookies AND reasonable stats. It isn't marketed as light on the packaging, but the nutrition panel tells a different story. (That's why you always have to check those labels!) There's chocolate chip ice cream with Chips Ahoy! or Mrs. Field's cookie dough, plus five varieties with Oreo cookies. Fair warning: You'll want to portion out a serving. It's amazing how quickly a few spoonfuls can become half a container!
Each 1/2-cup serving has 120 - 140 calories, 4 - 5g fat, 20 - 23g carbs, 0 - <1g fiber, 2g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 3 - 4.
HG Recipe! Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Softies
My softies are like cookie-muffin hybrids, but with way more impressive stats. Chewy, soft, and 100 percent guilt-free!
1/4 cup brown sugar (not packed)
2 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated), or HG Alternative*
2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread, room temperature
2 tbsp. no-sugar-added applesauce
2 tbsp. fat-free liquid egg substitute
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
3 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
In a medium bowl, thoroughly whisk brown sugar, Splenda, butter, applesauce, egg substitute and vanilla extract.
Add flour, baking powder and salt, and stir until smooth. Fold in oats and chocolate chips.
Spoon batter onto the sheet in 6 evenly spaced mounds. Use the back of a spoon to spread and flatten into 3-inch circles.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a softie comes out clean, about 10 minutes. Enjoy!
MAKES 6 SERVINGS
Each serving (1/6th of recipe, 1 softie) has 143 calories, 4.5g fat, 23g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 3g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 4.
*HG Alternative: If you like, replace the Splenda in this recipe with an equal amount of granulated white sugar. Then each softie will have 157 calories, 27g carbs, and a PointsPlus value of 4.
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