These delicious and Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect cookies that you AND your kids will love! Our kids won’t even notice all the hidden veggies in this easy cookie recipe!
Best Ever Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
I came up with this chocolate chip cookie recipe several years ago, after my oldest was born, because I wanted a way to sneak some more veggies into her diet and wanted to be able to give her something sweet for dessert once in a while that didn’t have a million weird ingredients in it. I wanted a “healthy” cookie for her – this is what I came up with! Nut butter, applesauce, banana and whole wheat flour are the main ingredients with spinach, carrots and zucchini – I swear you really can’t even taste the veggies. Oh, and of course there are chocolate chips because, hello, these are still cookies!
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Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Ingredients: The ingredients really are just simple, clean and even include some vegetables.
- Veggies: Like I said, I even threw some veggies in there…. because why not!
- Still a Cookie: But even with all those healthier ingredients, these are still cookies and that’s what they taste like – promise!
What You Will Need
- whole wheat flour – perfect for a simple flour base, but you could also use your favorite gluten-free 1-to-1 flour or almond flour.
- baking soda & kosher salt – baking essentials for a little rising and structure!
- banana & unsweetened applesauce – great for adding some natural sweetness to these delicious cookies.
- egg – another baking ingredient that helps with the structure.
- vanilla extract – just a little bit for some added flavor!
- almond butter – any nut butter works, just make sure they have a creamy texture.
- coconut sugar – a natural sweetener that adds a bit more sweetness, it is a cookie after all!
- carrot, spinach, & zucchini – the perfect combination of veggies that pack a nutritional punch but you would never know they are in there!
- dairy-free semi sweet chocolate chips – always a must when making cookies.
- sea salt – optional to sprinkle a bit on top after baking!
How To Make Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
The first steps to making this easy cookie recipe is to mix the dry ingredients (minus the sugar) in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another bowl. Fold the veggies into the wet ingredients. Then add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix again. Finally, add the chocolate chips, stir to combine, and then place 1-2 tablespoons of the dough at a time on a prepared baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.
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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies – The perfect healthy cookie that you AND your kids will love! Made with real, simple ingredients!
- 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 very ripe banana, mashed
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup creamy almond butter, (peanut butter works too)
- 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
- 1/3 cup carrot (use peeler to peel strips of carrot and then roughly chop)
- 1/3 cup spinach, roughly chopped
- 2–3 tablespoons of zucchini, peel off the outer skin of the zucchini & roughly chop
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips
- optional topping: sea salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Combine whole wheat flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
- In separate medium bowl, combine mashed banana, beaten egg, applesauce, vanilla, almond butter and coconut sugar; Mix well.
- Add spinach, carrots and zucchini to wet ingredients and fold together.
- Pour dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mix to combine, and then add chocolate chips. Mix again.
- Take a cookie sheet and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Take 1-2 tablespoons of dough and place on prepared baking sheet (Note: cookies will not raise much or spread out)
- Sprinkle with sea salt (optional).
- Cook at 375 degrees F, middle rack, for approx. 8-10 minutes or until the bottoms start to brown.
- Place on cooling rack and let cool completely.
- Number of Cookies: how many cookies this recipe yields depends upon how big your cookies are. If you are just making them 1-2 tablespoons big, you will yield approximately 16-20 cookies.
- Consistency/Texture: These are pretty soft cookies, not crunchy.
- Almond Butter: Feel free to use creamy peanut butter or other nut butter if you prefer – just make sure the consistency is creamy.
- Unsweetened Almond/Peanut Butter: If you are using an unsweetened version of peanut butter or almond butter then I would recommend increasing the coconut sugar to about a 1/4 cup or so. Otherwise, the cookies might not be sweet enough for your liking.
- Flour Substitutions: You can use a 1-to-1 gluten-free flour if you want and I have also tested these with almond flour with success! If using almond flour I would definitely cook for 10 minutes (instead of 8).
- Coconut Sugar: you can substitute brown sugar here if you want.
- Let them cool: Let these cool fully before eating for best results!
- Storage: Since these don’t have any preservatives in them they shouldn’t be left out on the countertop for more than a day or so. After that keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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