cookies, can they be healthy? i think so.
i love sweets, it is a weakness i embrace. it simply means to
a. work by butt off at the gym
b. find alternative forms of sweetness that isn't all that bad for you
on Friday i had a few extra hours in the morning that I'd thought i would put to good use.
cookies were on the agenda and i was on a mission to make a slightly healthier cookie.
whole wheat pastry flour, agave, chia seeds and soy yogurt are the healthy players in this recipe. they are mixed into a batter with a few other essential ingredients then dropped on a parchment lined baking sheet by the tablespoon.
wanna' know the best part of making vegan cookies - eating the uncooked batter
the cookies bake up to resemble more of a cake like cookie - this i attribute to the fact that you won't find any vegan butter or oil in this recipe. for a more traditional type crispy cookie i may try adding a bit of coconut oil to the mix in the place of the cold water.
Justin knew that morning I was making cookies - he , however expected to find traditional crispy , chewy cookies waiting for him when he came home at lunch time.
the good news - he did love this healthier version. it made him feel even better after eating 5 of the cookies that they are healthier than your typical cookie (lets get real though, he still would have eaten 5 cookies healthy or not)
double dutch dark cocoa and vegan white chocolate chips make your taste buds dance after each bite
served with a nice cold glass of almond milk these cookies would be a perfect afternoon snack for your kids- big and small.
a cookie that you can feel good about making and going back for seconds.
make a batch today for the ones you love or for the office - but don't give away your secret that these are healthy until after the plate of cookies has gone empty.
Chocolate Chia Cookies
makes 16 cookies
you will need:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup double dutch dark cocoa
1/2 cup plain soy yogurt
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup agave
1/4 cup cold water
1/3 cup walnuts
1/2 cup vegan white chocolate chips
preheat oven to 350*
in a medium bowl sift AP flour through dark cocoa - set aside
in a small bowl whisk soy yogurt through cold water
add wet to dry and stir well. mix in walnuts and vegan white chocolate chips
on a parchment lined baking sheet drop by the round tablespoon
bake for 12 - 14 minutes, when the tops are lightly tapped they spring back
remove from oven and allow to cool with the cookies still on the pan over a cooling rack for 3 minutes - transfer cookies from the pan to cooking rack.
repeat until all cookies are baked - or bake 2 sheets at a time rotating pans half way through baking.