Friday, January 20, 2012

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

            recipe from Rhonda of Shadow Jewels  /  post edited by Angela of Windy City Knits

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

In my quest to create recipes for healthier snacks, I have struggled with this one, probably my favorite snack of all.  I've tried many batches with different modifications, some better than others.  If you also long for crunchy, chocolatey goodness, but are tired of pre-packaged snacks full of high fructose corn syrup, too much salt, and even weirder stuff like sorbitan monostearate, this is the recipe for you.  Even my super picky health food freak of a husband goes for these (love you honey!).

1 cup soft butter
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 tsp vanilla

1-1/4 cups white wheat flour
1 cup almond meal
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

1 10oz bag dark chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup dried fruit

Cream the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla together.  Blend the dry ingredients, then stir into the butter mixture.  Add the chocolate, nuts and fruit and stir until well mixed.
Bake at 375* for about 10 minutes, just until the edges are starting to brown.

Easy peasy!  Now, I wouldn't go so far as to call these "healthy snacks", because they do have a lot of calories and you probably shouldn't eat a whole plate of them at once.  But they have a lot less sugar and salt, and way more fiber than packaged cookies.  If you are really brave, omit the salt completely and cut the sugar down to 1/2 cup.  There is plenty of sweetness in the chocolate and fruit.  If you can't find white wheat flour (I get mine at Trader Joe's), then use a mixture of whole wheat and plain white flour.  You can substitute wheat flour for the almond meal if you can't find that.
What are you waiting for? Mix up a batch and tell me what you think. I'd love to hear from you.

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