Thursday, May 3, 2012

Health...ier Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today my 3 year old and I made up a "healthier" cookie recipe. I know, I know - there isn't any seaweed or acai berries or whatever - it could be healthier - but this is a step UP from regular chocolate chip cookies, and doesn't contain anything you can't get from your own pantry or a regular grocery store. They are also not the prettiest cookies ever, but these cakey little goodies satisfied our sweet tooth and will work great as a wholesome after school snack for the kiddies! They kind of taste like muffins...but a cookie...and let's face it - calling something a "cookie" gives us a little leverage in getting our kids to eat it, right?

I just caught my little helper trying to sneak another one off the counter, actually...

Healthier Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 c. unsweetened applesauce (you want relatively thick applesauce that will round up on a spoon...if its too thin, you'll have melty cookies)
3/4 c. raw honey, soft or melted (but not hot)
1-2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 T. plain Greek yogurt
2 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. chocolate chips (pulse in a food processor until the chips are broken up, but not mush)

Mix together the applesauce, honey, vanilla and yogurt in a bowl. Mix the flour, salt and soda together in a separate bowl and then add to the applesauce mixture until blended. Don't over mix. Your batter should be thick and keep its shape. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon full onto a cookie sheet, a couple inches apart.

Bake at 375 for 10 minutes (your oven may need a minute or two less or more) until light brown and firm. Remove from cookie sheet and cool on wire rack. Depending on how much dough you eat (no eggs! Eat your heart out!), this is approx. 2 dozen-ish cookies.

I am not a food scientist, so I will just say: results may vary...if they don't turn out, sorry ;)

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