You probably get bombarded with lies on this subject every day: "Don't worry, it's healthy but you still feel satisfied." "Tastes just like the real thing!" "Your kids will never know the difference if you substitute spinach for sugar." But the fact is, most diet desserts suck. And they will ultimately lead to a breakdown during which you will shovel too many un-diet desserts into your deprived piehole at one sitting.
All that said, PLEASE GIVE THESE COOKIES A CHANCE.
I know they sound like the Valium-fueled concoction of a 1970s ex-hippie supermom, but THEY REALLY DO TASTE GOOD. And if you are among my many vegetarian readers, you're sure to appreciate the extra protein that comes from combining lentils with oatmeal.
I adapted this recipe from the one underneath the lid of the Quaker Oats canister. The original is called Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, a longtime favorite in my house. In addition to subbing lentils for 1/3 of the oats, I threw in some dried ginger and cloves, which I thought would complement the other flavors nicely and help disguise the lentils. And of course, you can use anything you'd like in place of the raisins. This time I went half and half with golden raisins and chocolate chips. On my list to try are dried apricot chunks, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, and candied ginger (preferably chocolate-covered).
2 sticks butter (salted if desired), softened
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. dried ginger
1/8 tsp. dried cloves
1/2 tsp salt
2 c. oats (I used Quaker)
1 c. cooked lentils
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. golden raisins
Heat the oven to 350.
Beat butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt in a separate bowl, then incorporate this mixture into the wet ingredients.
Stir in oats and lentils.
Stir in chocolate chips and raisins.
Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 10-12 minutes at 350. Makes 4 dozen.
Beat the eggs. Whip the cream. Show no mercy.