Quest for A Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie

I’m on a quest to find a healthier version of a chocolate chip cookie.  I have my old favorites but we’re trying to cut down on sugar at home and at first I just stopped baking cookies altogether but I found I was really missing it.  Both the baking and having a once a day treat for the kids (and myself!)

I’ve tried two recipes so far and the first one was Healthy Oatmeal Cookies from Whole Grain Gourmet

Here’s the recipe:

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies (with Honey)
Ingredients:
Dry ingredients
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (a pinch more depending on the moisture of the mix)
  • 1 1/2 cups of Large Flake Rolled Oats (smaller flake is OK too)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg (optional)

Wet ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup oil (corn, grape seed or olive) * you can also use some applesauce to replace some of the oil if you wish*
  • 1 Tablespoon Molasses
  • 1 egg (beat with 1 Tbsp Water)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Yummy ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raisins (1 cup for my Dad’s batch)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (more for my Dad’s)!!

Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together. Hint: when measuring out the honey, spray the measuring cup with oil or baking spray–your honey won’t stick).
  3. Mix the wet stuff with the dry stuff. Add the raisins and walnuts and mix. If the mixture seems too wet, add a bit of flour. If it isn’t binding together very well, you may wish to add an egg white.
  4. COOL the mix for 20 minutes in the fridge.
  5. Preheat the oven to 335 degrees (lower temperature due to the honey in the recipe which will burn more easily).
  6. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto your baking sheet (I recommend lining the baking sheet with parchment paper). Press down with a fork to ensure even cooking.
  7. Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes or until golden on the bottom of the cookie. The cookies freeze very well and make a great snack! Enjoy.

And here is what I did differently:

-Instead of raisins I used chocolate chips.  I don’t like raisins myself and neither does hubs but everyone likes chocolate chips!
-I ended up having to add about 3/4 of a cup more flour than the recipe called for and I did add the extra egg white as suggested.
-I didn’t cool the dough (I actually totally missed that instruction) and they turned out fine but letting your cookie dough set always improves the flavour so next time I will.
-I used olive oil not grape seed oil.
-I only put in about 1/2 a tbsp of cinnamon but next time I’m gonna go ahead and add the whole tbsp.

I actually really liked these cookies.  They weren’t overly “healthy” tasting but the molasses flavour was a bit strong for me.  I think upping the cinnamon next time will help that.  The kids and hubs all liked them as well so that’s an extra bonus for me.  I froze some of them and thawed they were just as good so again, an extra bonus.

If you make these I’d love to know how they turned out and what you did differently and how it turned out!

One thought on “Quest for A Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie

  1. Kara

    Ive been baking a lot lately and I really like it but the problem is…then I eat cookies non stop. And Kelly doesn’t even get interested in baking so I eat it all myself!

    So my point is I’ve been totally thinking along the same lines – I’ll try this recipe this weekend and let you know how it goes!

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