Monday, August 09, 2010

Monday Made-It: Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies (well, mostly healthy) :)

CHOCOLATE!  I crave cake, not cookies.  But when chocolate is involved I'm always game.  I indulge in the sweet treat every now and then (on a daily basis ;) ).  As a matter of fact, I like chocolate so much that I try not to "have" it in our house.  The funny thing is that I still manage to find some somewhere--J's secret stash of oreo cookies works in a pinch, those M&M's we use as rewards for potty feats quickly disappear (and not from epically amazing bathroom action), and chocolate sauce mixed with peanut butter will definitely do the trick.

But here's a very favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe that I don't feel too guilty about eating. :)  Taken from Health Magazine's "America's Healthiest Superfood Combos" article.


Ingredients

6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Preparation
Preheat oven to 350°. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat, and add brown sugar; stir until smooth. Combine all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking soda, oats, and salt in a medium bowl. Combine butter mixture with the dry ingredients, and add egg and vanilla extract. Fold in walnuts and bittersweet chocolate. Mix well, and spoon by tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until tops are dry to the touch.

Dark chocolate, walnuts, whole wheat flour, and oats--superfood magic!  Add some milk and this could be an amazing breakfast!  Yum! :)

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