“Healthified” Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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.”

And this:

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:

chocolatechipcookies
*salivates* *falls in love* *leaves husband and becomes famous for marrying a cookie*

The best part?

jammed

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)
Ingredients:
  • 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)
Steps:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix whole wheat flour, oats, baking soda, and salt.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  6. Drop onto a greased baking sheet in spoonfuls or balls.
  7. Cook for 10 minutes, and allow to cool on the pan.

Step 8 (optional): Revel in the glory of the chocolate chip cookie you have just created. Dance. Sing. Celebrate.
Step 8 (optional): Revel in the glory of the chocolate chip cookie you have just created. Dance. Sing. Celebrate.

Let me know in the comments how your cookies turn out!

Happy baking. 🙂

kelsieesther

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