If there is anything I’ve learned about leading a healthy lifestyle, it’s this:
Not everything you put into your body has to be 100% “healthy.”
You must treat yourself, because life is short and dessert is joyful.
So, along these lines, I’ve been experimenting with recipes – particularly, taking traditionally “unhealthy” recipes and attempting to “healthify” them by substituting or adding ingredients.
Tonight, the task was cookies.
I took the Original Nestle Tollhouse Cookie recipe and made it my own with a few simple substitutions:
I traded the white flour for whole wheat and added some oats (more fiber! more protein!).
I swapped some of the sugar for applesauce (YES to naturally occurring sugars).
I switched half of the butter with coconut oil (I just really like coco oil. I have no real excuse).
And, guess what?
The result was
awesome amazing STELLAR. These cookies are crispy on the bottom, chewy-gooey in the center, and delightfully nutty in the loveliest of ways. Just see for yourself:
The best part?
That’s right – jammed with fiber, as well as heart-healthy nutty fats.
Let’s saunter right ahead to the recipe, shall we?
“Healthified” Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
(makes about 2 dozen bits of heaven... er... cookies)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup unsalted, REAL butter (1/2 stick), melted
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup sugar of choice
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used slivered almonds)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix whole wheat flour, oats, baking soda, and salt.
- In a large bowl, using a fork, mix melted butter, coconut oil, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Once those are mixed, add applesauce and egg and mix thoroughly.
- Slowly add whole wheat mixture to liquid mixture, mixing as you go (again, fork works super well, because who honestly has time to clean whisks? Nobody, what’s who).
- Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
- Drop onto a greased baking sheet in spoonfuls or balls.
- Cook for 10 minutes, and allow to cool on the pan.
Let me know in the comments how your cookies turn out!
Happy baking. 🙂