Craving for Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Even though I’m a chocoholic at heart and have a sweet tooth, I have cut down on my sugar intake greatly (through eating chocolates and baked goods) in the past 6 months.  After I began seeing my naturopathic doctor, I am now more aware of the importance of eating right, and how it is connected to my overall health and wellness.  Healthy eating is truly a reflection on how you feel.  In the past 6 months, at the advice of my naturopathic doctor, I have reduced sugar and dairy from my diet, and increased my fruit and vegetable consumption.  I also tried my best to cut down on eating processed food.  The wondrous discovery from eating healthier is that I find my energy level has increased and I no longer feel bloated or sluggish anymore!

However, about 2 months ago, I had this craving for my favourite chocolate chip cookies.  I knew clearly that I shouldn’t buy them from a package as I used to, since it’s processed food, and the thought of eating homemade chocolate chip cookies made from butter and white/brown sugar seemed unappetizing.  Suddenly, I was inspired to google and see if there was such a thing as a healthy homemade chocolate chip cookie out there!  To my joy, I found this website (see below), and realized that I can eat my chocolate chip cookie without feeling yucky.  After experimenting with and baking a successful batch of cookies, using healthier ingredient substitutions, I learned that “balance” is the key to sweetness in life, even when it pertains to baking and eating!

Below you will find my version of healthy chocolate chip cookies, inspired by http://www.eatingwell.com/healthy_cooking/healthy_cooking_101_basics_techniques/kitchen_tips_techniques/how_to_make_chocolate_chip_cookies_healthier.  It is a very big hit with my health-conscious family!

VIOLET’S HEALTHY OATMEAL PEANUT BUTTER WALNUT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

My Version of Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Makes: 24 cookies

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: about 1 hour

Special Note: This version tastes less sweet than the classic chocolate chip cookie, but still tastes delicious with a nutty flavour, and is a healthy source of fiber, protein, omega-3, and calcium!

Ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats (I like using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats)

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup tahini

2 tablespoons organic creamy peanut butter (replaces butter)

2/3 cup manuka honey (replaces sugar)

1 large egg

1 large egg white

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

½  cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

½ cup chopped walnuts

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. Mix oats, whole-wheat flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Blend tahini and peanut butter in a large bowl with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add manuka honey, and continue mixing until well combined.
  5. Beat in egg, then egg white, and then vanilla.
  6. Stir in the oat mixture until just moistened.
  7. Finally, stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  8. With damp hands, roll 1 tablespoon of the batter into a ball, place it on the baking sheet and flatten it to about 1/2 inch thick; don’t let the sides crack.  Continue until batter is gone, spacing the flattened balls 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake the cookies for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Let the cookies cool completely or if you can’t resist the freshly baked cookies while it’s still warm, wait about 10-15 minutes to eat it.  Bon appétit!!

What is your version of the healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie?  I would love to hear from you and try out your recipe!

Thanks & Love, Violet

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