Monday, March 21, 2011


Let's face it, a chocolate cookie will never be as healthy a choice as broccoli, but sometimes you just need a little chocolate fix, and when you have a craving for a treat, these fit the bill (better than choosing Oreos). I have made thousands of chocolate chip cookies over the years and have tried every recipe, always looking for the perfect one, so I know my cookies pretty well. These are a healthier version of an old favorite. I cut back on the sugars, incorporated whole grains and increased the protein while still maintaining "cookie integrity". And I was able to use my favorite thing - quinoa!
3/4 cup quinoa flour (if you can't find it, use rolled oats blended in a food processor)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts (opt., but will add protein)

preheat oven to 350.
In medium bowl stir in flour, baking soda and salt.
Beat butter in a large bowl until fluffy. Add oil, sugars, egg and vanilla; beat until smooth and creamy.
Add the dry ingredients, beating on low speed until combined.
Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
Drop by heaping teaspoons, at least 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheets.
Flatten slightly.
Bake cookies until firm around the edges and golden on top.

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