Secretly Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on December 28, 2011

Chocolate chip cookies are my weakness.

It’s not one of those indulgences where if I get my fill once in a while, I’m satisfied – it’s one of those “if-there’s-a-chocolate-chip-cookie-around-I-will-eat-it” weakness.

Especially warm, gooey, freshly made chocolate chip cookies with caramel ice cream on top. I’m sitting on my couch salivating just thinking about it.

Chocolate chip cookies are always better at night, as a satisfying end to a long day. I used to eat 2 mini cookies every night for dessert when I was in high school, without fail. Perhaps it’s less of a weakness and more of an addiction πŸ™‚

And during the holidays, cookies and chocolate abound; although I’m surprised that this holiday I haven’t received any chocolate chip cookies among the many varieties that have ended up at my doorstep. Which is why, as I was thinking about (and craving) some cookies tonight, I decided to post this recipe for secretly healthy chocolate chip cookies.

Why are these somewhat healthy, even though they are cookies? Because they have an added punch of protein and fiber, with the addition of lentil flour into the cookies! Keep in mind, they still have plenty of butter and sugar, so it’s not like they’re super healthy or lacking in that ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie essence, but they do have a bit more nutrition to make it slightly less of a guilty pleasure.

This recipe comes courtesy of theΒ USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council, who contacted me with the idea of adding lentil flour into cookie dough to amp up the protein & fiber in traditional cookie recipes. I thought it was brilliant – since you won’t be able to taste the lentil flour, but you do get the nutritional benefits by sneaking it into this recipe!

The Ingredients

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup lentil flourΒ (mixes best at room temperature, not cold)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, softened (note – the 1 cup of butter is a lot, but among the serving size – 60 cookies, it amounts to only about 15 calories of butter per cookie)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 3/4 cups chocolate chips (you can change this up and add peanut butter or butterscotch chips if you like!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
The Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flours, salt and baking soda in a small bowl.
  3. Beat butter, sugars and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until creamy.
  4. Add eggs and syrup, beating well.
  5. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  7. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets.
  8. Bake 9 – 11 minutes or until brown.

Hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I did – and now I’m off to the kitchen to warm up a cookie and pour myself a big glass of milk!

 

Secretly Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 60 cookies (5 dozen)

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Calories per serving: 106

Fat per serving: 5.9g

Nutritional Info Per Serving (per cookie): 106 Calories, 5.9g Fat, 42.9mg Sodium, 14g Carbs, 0.5g Fiber, 10.5g Sugar, 1.2g Protein

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup lentil flour (mixes best at room temperature, not cold)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, softened (note - the 1 cup of butter is a lot, but among the serving size - 60 cookies, it amounts to only about 15 calories of butter per cookie)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 3/4 cups chocolate chips (you can change this up and add peanut butter or butterscotch chips if you like!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flours, salt and baking soda in a small bowl.
  3. Beat butter, sugars and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until creamy.
  4. Add eggs and syrup, beating well.
  5. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  7. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets.
  8. Bake 9 – 11 minutes or until brown.
http://pickyeaterblog.com/secretly-healthy-chocolate-chip-cookies/

 

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Soursop and Cancer December 28, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Thanks I’m definitely gonna be trying this for New Years πŸ™‚

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Awesome! Hope you enjoy them! πŸ™‚

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jeanette December 28, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I’ve got some lentil flour in my pantry, but hadn’t thought about using it in cookies. Such an interesting idea – will have to try it next time I make cookies.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Yeah I thought it was a really cool use for lentil flour too! Let me know how you like it!

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RavieNomNoms December 29, 2011 at 7:39 am

Lentil flour huh? I am intrigued!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 29, 2011 at 11:37 am

I know! I was surprised it worked so well too. Hope you enjoy it!

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The Healthy Hostess December 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm

These look fabulous! Wish I could stop over for some! We should be out to Cali in April so I would love to get together then! Happy New Year!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Oh yay!! Let’s definitely get together when you’re here in April – can’t wait to see you, happy new year! πŸ™‚

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Lemon December 30, 2011 at 9:56 am

Your cookies look so lovely, yummy. I also very much like your beautiful photos.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 31, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Thank you so much!

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Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies January 2, 2012 at 12:13 am

Healthy and still delicious looking? Sounds good to me. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I’d love it if you’d stop by and link your cookies up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/12/sweets-for-saturday-50.html

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Thanks! Just stopped by your blog and joined the link party πŸ™‚ Thanks for including me!

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Valerie March 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm

These look delicious! Where do I get lentil flour? I looked for it in the bulk bins at whole foods but was unable to find it. Thanks!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 31, 2012 at 10:00 am

You can get it at any Indian store – it’s usually called something like “urad dal flour” – or you can buy it online like on this website – but I’m sure there are plenty of other online options too! Hope that helps!

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