Saturday, August 6, 2011

Recipe Time: Healthy Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies

hi there!! Our family just recently returned from a trip south to visit our family and spend some time together sight-seeing. We had an awesome time!


 It's taking some time to get back into the swing of things. Luckily, i had this post halfway completed before i left!

For our trip, i wanted to pack a good selection of healthy foods that wouldn't spoil in the heat, and are nourishing and balanced enough to sustain us without having to spend a fortune on fast food (especially at the Zoo, where a mere hamburger can cost you a weeks pay).

Since i make my own granola, i had thought to make granola bars, but i just couldn't find a recipe i liked. Then i stumbled upon this recipe for "healthy" cookies.

I read the comments section to get other people's opinions and adjustments, and decided to make my own adjustments. Normally i'm all for making the recipe as it's written first, but for this one i preferred to use the framework and adjust for my own tastes and what i had on hand.

These are so delicious! Even the kids love them! And i love that they're getting something nutritious and think of it as a wonderful treat! 




Healthy, Nutty, Chocolate Chip Cookies
2/3 c. unsweetened applesauce
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. flour
1 1/2 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. wheat germ
2 tbsp. ground flax
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped almonds
1/4 c. sunflower seeds
1/4 c. mini chocolate chips (mini chips get dispersed more evenly than big ones)

Cream together applesauce and sugar with electric mixer. add egg and vanilla and mix well. Blend in flour,  rolled oats, wheat germ, flax, baking soda, baking powder and salt, scraping sides with spatula so everything is mixed evenly. Stir in almonds, sunflower seeds and chocolate chips. 

Drop on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or coated with non-stick spray. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Makes 3 dozen

And thanks to SparkRecipes.com, here is a breakdown of the nutritional content per cookie:

Nutrition Facts

  36 Servings

Amount Per Serving
  Calories 62.9
  Total Fat 2.1 g
      Saturated Fat 0.4 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8 g
      Monounsaturated Fat 0.8 g
  Cholesterol 5.4 mg
  Sodium 37.7 mg
  Potassium 65.4 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 10.2 g
      Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
      Sugars 3.3 g
  Protein 2.0 g

  Vitamin A 3.8 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.3 %
  Vitamin B-6 6.1 %
  Vitamin C 0.1 %
  Vitamin D 0.3 %
  Vitamin E 4.2 %
  Calcium 3.0 %
  Copper 3.6 %
  Folate 6.4 %
  Iron 6.6 %
  Magnesium 3.9 %
  Manganese 21.2 %
  Niacin 5.4 %
  Pantothenic Acid     1.7 %
  Phosphorus     5.6 %
  Riboflavin 4.8 %
  Selenium 7.1 %
  Thiamin 8.4 %
  Zinc 3.0 %

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