Saturday, February 9, 2013

Secretly Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know what you're thinking, how in the world could this be true? A healthy cookie that actually tastes good?! My whole life is a lie!
NO! Calm down, take a deep breath and listen closely. It is possible, just keep an open mind and come with me...shhh

I have been racking my brain trying to figure out a recipe for cookies without breaking my new getting ready for summer "diet" and I finally have come to the conclusion that a compromise must be made. In this recipe I still use a bit of butter, sugar and flour (you can sub these out for "healthy" butter, splenda and whole wheat flour but they will not taste as good I assure you) sometimes you just gotta stick with the not so healthy basics. However, by adding these indulgent ingredients with ground flax, egg whites, dark chocolate chips, and butter beans (yes, I said butter beans) you can easily bump up the fiber, protein, and even antioxidants on these sweet treats.

Secretly Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

(makes about 24 cookies)

1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter (or light margarine)
2 egg whites
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 (15 oz.) can of butter beans (or chickpeas)
2 cups dark chocolate chips
2 cups flour
2 TBP ground flax seed
1/2 quick cook oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F coat cookie sheet with nonstick spray.

2.Beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy

3.Beat in egg whites and vanilla, then add beans and chocolate chips.

4.Add flour, oats, salt, baking soda and flax seed and mix on medium speed until ingredients are incorporated.

5.Drop my rounded tablespoonful onto baking sheep and press down on each cookie lightly with a wet palm of your hand.

6.Bake 11-13 min, or until golden brown in color.

These cookies have a cake-like fluffy texture and they are VERY addicting (I had five of them for lunch one day). Needless to say, you've been warned.

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