1/2 c. butter (I know, against the rules)
1/2 c. applesauce
1 c. sweetener - I used 1/2 c. honey and 1/2 c. agave
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 to 2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp Real salt
3 to 4 c. (rolled) oats
[1 c. chocolate chips, raisins, craisins, nuts, etc.]
Preheat the oven to 325. In large bowl, cream together butter (softened), applesauce and honey/agave. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix in oats. I put a range for the whole wheat flour and the oats because the first time I made this recipe, I followed the first number listed and they were definitely not thick enough for cookies. Follow the first number and then add flour and oats at the end as needed. Add any extras. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto cookie sheets. Flatten with fingers. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes before transferring.
Note: My kids never get cookies. They loved these. I also made them for my Webelos who LOVED them! After they ate the first one, I told them there wasn't any sugar in them and they thought that was the coolest thing ever. Also, I made them with chocolate chips and they later told me that they would have been better with raisins. Kids are amazing!