Helping families eat healthier for less

Helping families eat healthier for less

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sweetpotato Oatmeal Cookies Sure to Please

I received free samples of California sweetpotatoes mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Sweetpotato Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Sweetpotato Oatmeal Cookies

Although I now live in the Northeast, I grew up in California. I never knew California grew sweetpotatoes. So, I was excited when I learned of the sweetpotato recipe contest by the California Sweetpotato Council.

I learned that California sweetpotatoes prefer to use one word (not sweet potatoes) to differentiate themselves from other sweet potatoes. As part of this contest, I was sent a box of sweetpotatoes that I have to tell you were the most beautiful sweetpotatoes I have ever seen. They were clean, had no scars or scratches and came in three beautiful colors, orange, tan, and red (see below). Here is a brief description of the three varieties:

     • Orange (Covington): rose colored skin and super sweet orange flesh; a favorite for mashing or roasting.
     • Tan (O’Henry): has a pale copper skin and white flesh; ideal for soups and stews.
     • Red (Diane): has red skin and deep orange flesh; perfect for sweetpotato fries or to add color to dishes.


California Sweetpotatoes are Colorful and Beautiful

I learned that California sweetpotatoes are grown in soft sand and are hand sorted to minimize scarring and scratching, resulting in a better looking sweetpotato (a huge difference from the typical sweet potatoes I see in my local supermarket). One medium California sweetpotato provides 105 calories, 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, a good source of vitamin C, and more than a day’s worth of vitamin A.

Many people mistakenly think sweetpotatoes are yams. Sweetpotatoes are sweet and moist. In contrast, yams are dry and starchy and, surprisingly, are not readily available in this country. Adding to the confusion over whether it is a sweetpotato or yam, there are varieties of yams called sweet potatoes. Also just to be clear, sweetpotatoes are not members of the white potato family.

For this contest, I experimented with several recipes. I made some hash brown sweetpotato patties using shredded sweetpotatoes, onion and egg. I thought about making sweetpotato mini donuts. Or a breakfast burrito with shredded sweetpotatoes, egg, and cheese. Or, cut them into them slices, season them, and bake them for chips. Sweetpotatoes are so versatile. They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, or dessert.

But I finally decided to make an oatmeal cookie, to see if I could substitute mashed cooked sweetpotato for applesauce in recipes. It works. Many recipes seem to suggest using applesauce to cut down or eliminate some of the butter or fat in recipes. Well, now it appears that pureed sweetpotatoes work in much the same way as applesauce. These oatmeal cookies are loaded with good nutrition. One cookie provides 141 calories, 2 grams each of fiber and protein, and an excellent source of vitamin A. Here is the complete recipe. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sweetpotato Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1-1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup mashed cooked California Sweetpotato
4 Tbsp unsalted stick butter-margarine blend, melted
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

 In medium mixing bowl, wish together oats, flour, baking soda and powder, cinnamon, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, combine sweetpotato, butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix to combine. Stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir just until blended. Gently stir in raisins, nuts, and chocolate chips.

Drop dough by heaping tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto prepared baking sheets. Flatten cookies with hand or back of large spoon. Bake cookies until golden brown and just set, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack and let cool completely.

Makes 20 cookies.

Nutrition Information per Cookie: 141 calories, 5 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 12 mg cholesterol, 2 g dietary fiber, 2 g protein, and 78 mg sodium. One cookie provides an excellent source of vitamin A.

Cost per Cookie: $0.19 Pricing Note: all ingredients were at “regular” prices.

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Be sure to check out these other sweetpotato-inspired recipes from fellow Recipe Reduxers.

16 comments:

  1. Ooh I'm intrigued to try subbing in mashed sweetpotatoes in this recipe and other baked goods - thanks for sharing your cookie success!

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    1. Yes, I'm excited about substituting mashed sweetpotatoes in other baked goods. They had a natural sweet flavor.

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  2. Sweetpotatoes and oatmeal sound very good to me in a cookie. Must try, Barb!

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    1. Oatmeal cookies are one of my all-time favorite cookies. Now, with sweetpotatoes in them, they are even more nutritious.

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  3. I am a BIG fan of vegetable purees as a substitute for fats in baked goods. Your use of the California sweetpotato in oatmeal cookies sounds like a match made in heaven.

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    1. Thanks, Diane, for your comment. I agree, sweetpotatoes are a good option in baked cookies, as well as so many other dishes and recipes.

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  4. Love that you used mashed sweetpotatoes in place of applesauce. What variety of California sweetpotatoes did you use for the mash?

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    1. Hi, Jessica: I used the tan (O'Henry) variety but I think you could use any of them.

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  5. What sweetpotato did you use for this? OHenry? Sounds like a great swap for lots of baked goods.

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    1. Hi, Alex. Yes, it was the O'Henry, but I think you could use any of the three varieties. Will have to do some more baking and testing in the coming months to find out for sure.

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  6. How creative to add the sweetpotatoes to a cookie! We always have a ton of oats on hand because we get them in our CSA. This will be a great healthy option for a fun treat to make with my daughters.

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    1. I also belong to a CSA, but we only get veggies. Would love it if it also included healthy grains. I eat oatmeal most mornings. Bet I could add cooked sweetpotatoes to my morning hot cereal.

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  7. I really like this idea of sweet potato and oatmeal. I think I'll try yours and do some more experimenting too.

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    1. Please get back to me if your experimenting yields some great tasting results.

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  8. Yum! I like all your sweetpotato ideas...but glad you stuck with this one!

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    1. Since I still have a couple of sweetpotatoes in my pantry, plan to try a few other recipes with them. I love their versatility.

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