I made this healthy chocolate chip cookies recipe so I could finally feel good about eating my favorite treat complete with natural sweeteners and no oil.
Can Chocolate Chip Cookies be Healthy?
Though a bit of a health nut, I’ve always had a weakness for a delicious homemade chocolate chip cookie. It never helped when Betsy would bake her delicious batches of traditional cookies.
I love her cookies but didn’t love the guilty feeling of eating all the unhealthy ingredients. Also, I wanted to find that perfect chocolate chip cookie that is delicious and healthful. I knew that making a healthful cookie wouldn’t give us the same type of taste, but was confident I could create something that could still satisfy our sweet tooth! So one rainy day I set out to create the perfect healthful chocolate chip cookie recipe.
As a result, I’m happy to report that my commitment paid off! We now enjoy this dessert masterpiece not only after meals but also as a snack and even as an occasional quick breakfast. The recipe freezes well, in fact, I prefer them frozen so we usually freeze half for me and refrigerate Betsy’s half (although they don’t need to be refrigerated). Finally, we’re happy to share our delicious discovery with you!
The Ultimate Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce (learn how to make your own)
- ½ stick butter (best from pasture-raised cows, learn how to make butter here)
- ¾ cup raw honey (buy raw, unfiltered honey here)
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract (learn how to make your own)
- 1 egg (local, free-range are best)
- 1 egg white (local, free-range)
- 1 ½ cups organic white wheat flour (we use this flour)
- 1 cup organic whole rolled oats (I do not use quick oats, so I roughly chop these oats in a food processor before adding to other ingredients) – (buy organic rolled oats here)
- ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg (find organic ground nutmeg here)
- ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon (find organic ground cinnamon here)
- 1 tsp. baking soda (find our favorite baking soda here)
- 1 tsp. sea salt (buy real sea salt here)
- ¾ of a 12 oz. package of dark chocolate chips (we like these dark chocolate chips or these soy-free chips)
- ⅔ cup chopped walnuts (buy organic nuts here)
- ½ cup chopped dried cranberries (find naturally sweetened organic dried cranberries here)
Preheat oven to 350°. In a mixing bowl, combine all the wet ingredients (I partially soften the butter first, just be careful not to melt it too much). Stir them together with a wooden spoon. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet, stirring thoroughly to combine. Add any desired finishing touches. Place cookies on baking sheet and bake for 12 – 14 minutes, depending on your oven and how well done you like your cookies. Enjoy fresh out of the oven, or frozen and thawed for a few minutes.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Options
Don’t like some of the above ingredients? Add whatever you have a taste for here and substitute it for the finishing touches above. Here are some ideas for additional ingredients:
- 2 mashed bananas (If you use bananas only use ½ cup of applesauce)
- 1 cup toasted coconut flakes (find organic coconut flakes here)
- ½ cup chopped raisins (find organic raisins here)
Note: Remember, these healthy chocolate chip cookies freeze well, can be eaten as a breakfast meal, and are a great healthy treat for any time of day. These are more bread-like and soft than traditional chocolate chip cookies, and will not get stale if left at room temperature for a few days. Enjoy!