Who doesn’t LOVE chocolate chip cookies?? Well I LOVE them and I am sure you do too! BUT we all know they aren’t good for our waistlines if they are made the traditional way (lots of sugar and butter) but I did some surfing on the net and found 3 simple recipes to make healthier versions of cookies. No matter what ingredients you make your cookies with you should still limit the number of cookies you eat! A calorie is a calorie after all but you can get more bang for your buck with these healthy alternatives!
First I found a recipe for Almond Butter Chocolate Chip cookies! What I like about these is that there are only 6 ingredients, 2 steps and 20 minutes to make two dozen cookies that are no-flour, no-dairy, and low-sugar!
1 cup unsalted almond butter, stirred well
3/4 cup Sucanat (found in the organic section of grocery store or in the health food store)
1 large egg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 oz dark chocolate (70% cocoa or greater), broken into small pieces
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, stir together first 5 ingredients until blended. Stir in chocolate.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and let cool for 15 more minutes.
Nutrients per cookie: Calories: 110, Total Fat: 8 g, Sat. Fat: 1.5 g, Carbs: 10 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugars: 7 g, Protein: 2 g, Sodium: 55 mg, Cholesterol: 10 mg
Makes 24 cookies and as you can see from the nutritional info there are 100 calories/cookie and 8 g of fat. Best to bring these to a party or share with friends 🙂 1 or 2 as a treat will be enough 🙂 I wouldn’t eat these everyday if I were you…
I also enjoy peanut butter cookies so here is an easy NO BAKE recipe for Peanut Butter Protein Cookie recipe. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Mix the following in a big bowl:
1 cup of oatmeal
Approx. 1/2 cup peanut butter
2 large spoonfuls of flax seeds
3 to 4 scoops of Whey Isolate Protein Powder (vanilla or chocolate)
Add just enough water to make mixing a little easier. Add it a little at a time, then mix, and add a little more as needed.
When all the ingredients are mixed, form balls a little smaller than the palm of your hand and put them on a plate.
Put them in the refrigerator for a couple hours uncovered.
If you didn’t use too much water, the cookies come out with a nice chewy consistency.
I don’t have the nutritional info for these cookies but as you can tell from the ingredients it is a very high protein and low carb, low sodium recipe. Sounds pretty perfect to me!
Here is a video (Bonus: the chef is good looking man with an accent) that teaches you how to make healthy high protein cookies if you are more of a visual learner…I think adding chocolate chips instead of raisins would make these DELICIOUS!
If you have any other healthy cookie recipes you’d like to share, please do!