Saturday, May 5, 2012

HEALTHY Chocolate Chip Cookies

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No you are not dreaming, you are actually about to read a recipe for nutritious and delicious chocolate chip cookiesNo lack of flavor or nutrition here.  These cookies are packed with the health benefits of flax seed, olive oil, and whole wheat.

There are a lot of "healthy" chocolate chip recipes that sub applesauce for the butter or oil, but the end result is pretty cakey.  I don't know about you, but I like my cookies chewy, ewwy, and gooey.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with using olive or coconut oil unless you are looking for a low calorie cookie.  I tried using half applesauce and half oil to find a happy medium and found that I liked the end texture.  If you want really ooey gooey non-cake like cookies, try using all olive or coconut oil. 
1 cup White whole wheat flour
1/4 cup Golden flax meal (ground flax seeds)
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking soda
Dash salt
2 tbsp Olive oil (coconut oil may work as well)
2 tbsp Applesauce (for less cakey cookies add another 2 tbsp oil)
1/3 cup Brown  sugar, unpacked
8 packets Stevia
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp Peanut butter extract (optional)
1/3 -1/2 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. In large bowl mix together the flour, flax, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. In another smaller bowl stir together the oil, applesauce, brown sugar, stevia, egg, and extracts.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined (do not over stir!). 
5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
6. Spoon onto a greased cookie sheet.
7. Bake for 7-10 minutes.
Makes about 17 cookies.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 86
Total Fat: 3.9 g
     Sat. Fat: 1.2 g
     Poly. Fat: 0.2 g
     Mono. Fat: 1.2 g
Cholesterol: 10.9 mg
Sodium: 67.8 mg
Potassium: 13.5 mg
Total Carbs: 11.1 g
     Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
     Sugars: 5.8 g
Protein: 1.8 g
Vitamin A: 0.4%
Vitamin C: 0%
Calcium: 0.8%
Iron: 3.6%

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