I’m a skeptic. So when I hear the words “healthy” and “cookie” together, I imagine biting into something that tastes like
particle board. Add “chocolate chip” to that equation and now you’ve really lost me. There is no possible way to preserve the
integrity of this sacred cookie while making it healthy without completely screwing it up. Or is there?
That was my stance, until I tried ourOatmeal
Chocolate Chip Cookie
. It’s downright delicious and has 66% less saturated fat than traditional recipes.
What are the secrets to a healthier chocolate chip cookie that still tastes amazing? Here they are:
1. Use healthier fats: Classic chocolate chip cookies are loaded with butter. And butter is
loaded with saturated fat (7 grams per tablespoon). But we all know butter is delicious. It imparts a rich, nutty taste
that’s not easily replaced without taking a hit in the flavor department. In our cookie, we replace some of the butter with
tahini—a sesame seed puree. It has less saturated fat (about 1 gram of saturated fat per tablespoon) than butter and adds
that subtle nutty flavor you may be missing.
2. Add oats: You may think that adding oats to a chocolate chip cookie is sacrilegious, but
oats add fiber (about 4 grams per cup) without imparting an off taste. Plus they add texture. This allows us to cut back on
the chocolate chips a little (which add calories and fat) without feeling like we’re missing out.
3. Add some whole-wheat flour:
The taste of whole-wheat flour can take some getting used to
and may make for a tougher cookie. But when it’s mixed with all-purpose flour, it’s more subtle and you still get an added
boost of fiber. Choosing whole-wheat pastry flour is an added benefit, since it has less gluten-forming potential than
regular whole-wheat flour, making for a more tender cookie. Run
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4. Add nuts: Although not always traditional, adding chopped nuts to chocolate chip cookies is
a great way to boost flavor, provide an added crunch and add additional healthy fats. Walnuts are the only nuts that offer a
significant amount of the omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA’s anti-inflammatory properties halt plaque buildup in
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