Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Amazingly Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

So I mentioned that we are on the look out for more healthier treats lately. Well, I did a big search today to try to find a recipe that my kids would eat for dinner today and I ran across a really neat online column that was written by the "Sneaky Chef." I say "was" because I think she's stopped writing it, but the articles & recipes are still available and she some great ideas for how to add nutrition into meals your kids will eat. That is something that I know I am constantly battling: Do I make meals that are only "adult-friendly" and expect my kids to eat them or do I make separate meals that cater to each person. Well I'm obviously not going for the latter option because that takes way to much time especially when there are multiple children involved with their own set of tastes and "icky" food lists. So I was hoping to find a happy medium where I could make meals that everyone likes....at least in my dreams...but I ran across this column and found a lot of great ideas. So I'm happy about that and as an added bonus I found this amazing recipe for chocolate chip cookies that I tried. They were sooo good! My kids and I gobbled them up and if you look at the ingredients they are surprisingly healthy - Beans? Oats? Wheat Flour? Wheat Germ? In cookies? Wow! And they're not your normal "healthy cookies" that taste like "healthy cookies". They are actually really good. Not as sweet as a normal cookie, but that is exactly what I am looking for. Something that still satisfies a "sweet tooth" but doesn't send the kids up to the moon on a rocket ship. ;) Anyway, hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Here's what my bean puree looked like, in case you were wondering like I was what it was supposed to be like. I used garbanzo beans because it's the only can of white beans I had and my pressure cooker was occupied at the moment. And no, there is no "bean" taste to the cookies. They taste just like cookies, imagine that! :)


Tauna Chisholm said...

I love to use bean purees for a fat substitute! I use them in place of the oil when I make cake mixes so that I can pretend that it is healthy!

Heather said...

Hi Tauna! Thanks for your comment. Brandon mentioned that you do all kinds of amazing things with your cooking! I'd love to get your ideas! That is so cool!

Heather said...

Oh I just remembered something funny about these cookies - C.G. was licking the cookie dough and then saw the bean puree. He had no idea what it was, but he stuck his finger in to try it. He actually really liked it and kept eating it...I can't get him to eat beans, but bean puree...sure! As long as it looks enough like cookie dough to think (and hope) it might be.

The one problem I have with these cookies is that they are kind of dry by day 2 and 3...so don't make too many of them - it would be better to freeze the leftover dough and cook some more another day.

Heather said...

What a great recipe. I have not been really successful with the bean purees but I will have to try it again. I am having a link party and I would love it if you would link up. http://cookingwithmyfoodstorage.blogspot.com/2011/02/cookies-from-food-storage-link-party.html

Anonymous said...

I would like to make these but the link is not working anymore. Anyone has a recipe??
Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

I would love to make these for my kids but the link is wrong sends me to Education.com.

can someone help??


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