Ander's Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

My downfall is sweets especially chocolate. If it's covered in chocolate, it seems to quietly speak to me in a tongue that only my stomach can understand. Knowing my downfall, I've substituted healthier alternatives into my baking. Baking has also given me a greater respect for skinny chefs; somehow when I bake, there's always more broken cookies than whole and the perfectionist in me can't serve cookie halves (so they find their way into my stomach). Oh well.

I had the opportunity to bake for my graduate class, I was excited to produce healthy cookies that tasted far from healthy. A few tweaks in the ingredients and I was able to create ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookies that wouldn't take tolls on waistlines.

What you'll need:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
1 cup whole-wheat flour
5 teaspoons water (to balance out whole-wheat flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon liquid Stevia (or 3/4 cup sugar)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large egg whites
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I used minis for a bigger chocolate punch)

Yields about 3 dozen (depending on cookie size) 
with less than 90 calories a cookie!

What to do:

Preheat oven to 350.
Add dry (minus chips) ingredients in a large bowl and wet ingredients in seperate large bowl.
Mix both bowls well.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet (add half, mix well, then add the rest).

Add chips!

Try not to eat all the dough (this is the toughest part).
Spoon (about an inch or two apart) onto a well-butter sprayed cookie pan lined with aluminum foil for easy clean up.

And bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool, pair with almond milk and enjoy!

I think they were a hit with my class (the 2 lone cookies were #proof of success). They couldn't believe they were healthy and I was proud to show how healthy can be delicious!

What healthy substitutes do you use while baking or cooking?


Anchor said...

If you are going to make these cookies healthy you need a healthy chocolate. The best I have found anywhere is Xocai Healthy Chocolate. It is loaded with all those great cocoa antioxidants that has been proven to benefit health in major ways. If interested take a look here. http://www.mychocolatevitamins.com

Anderson said...

I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the recommendation!


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