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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Healthy Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies


Oh. my. gosh.

You guys, these cookies are just too darn delicious to be "healthy." I know what you're thinking. Healthy twists on dessert don't usually present a lot of finger-licking goodness in the taste test department, but these cookies are the ultimate exception.


Can we talk about their gooey texture, packed perfectly with the flavors of nutty oats, walnuts and whole wheat, rich dark chocolate, and bright, fruity craisins? Not to mention, you're experiencing all of this amazingness for about 100 calories per cookie.

No, I'm not kidding.


I know whole wheat flour isn't a standard pantry staple, but you can pick up a bag of it for about the same price as regular all-purpose flour at almost any grocery story. And, just think of all the delectable whole-wheat-flour based treats you can create with your new fancy bag of way-better-for-you flour?! The possibilities are seriously endless.

Or, you could just whip up like a bajillion of these cookies. I wouldn't count that outside the realm of possibility. They're that good.

Seriously. Go pick up some whole wheat flour, warm up your oven, rev your mixer and pour yourself a nice tall glass of milk. Prepare to be astounded by the magic of (gasp! dare I say it...) healthy baking. :)

Healthy Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
6 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup craisins

Directions:
Heat oven to 375°. In a bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda and cinnamon. 
In another bowl, cream butter and sugars until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth. 
Blend flour mixture into butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips, walnuts and craisins. 
Drop 20 dough balls (1 tbsp each) onto 2 ungreased cookie sheets, 2 inches apart. 
Bake until golden brown, about 9 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool on sheets 3 minutes, then transfer to foil to cool fully.
(~100 calories per cookie, 6g fat (3 g saturated), 11g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g protein)
Recipe adapted from self.com
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