Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn't love a good chocolate chip cookie? They pack a little surprise personality that dominates their sugar cookie counterparts, yet they're not as rich as their indulgent cousin, the double chocolate chocolate chip cookie. For years, I wouldn't touch a cookie if it wasn't chocolate chip. I'm not as cookie-ist as I used to be, but I'm still partial to the old faithful chocolate chip cookie. And now I've got a recipe that makes them nearly guilt-free.

By the way, I apologize for my hiatus. With the holidays and then preparing for the women's conference IF: Bowling Green (which you can find more information about on this site), it's been busy!

Anyway, back to food. This recipe originally came to me about two years ago titled Sinless Cookies. Since then, I've tweaked the recipe and the name. Thanks to a clever slip of the tongue by my former roommate, I now call these cookies Poopies. They're mostly oats, which have fiber, and ... you get the picture. I didn't put the name in the title because I figured no one would try them.

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First, you'll need to grind down a cup of oats into a powder. I use my Magic Bullet for that. Dump the oat flour into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Then, take two ripe bananas and tear them into pieces or chunks. This will make it easier to mix the dough in a few minutes. Drop the banana chunks into the bowl, along with a half cup of semisweet chocolate chips and a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter.

Now it's time to get messy.

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You're going to stick your *clean* hand in the bowl and squish all the ingredients together. Not very glamorous, I know, but trust me. I've tried using a fork, spoon, mixer, spatula, you name it. Using my hand has been the easiest, quickest, and most effective way to get all those banana chunks mashed and fully combined with the oat flour, peanut butter, and chocolate chips.

Once it's done and looks kind of slushy but also kind of thick (you may want to use a spoon to rake any excess dough from your hand), spray a cookie sheet and spoon out the dough in globs onto the cookie sheet. I don't make my cookies very big and get about 28 cookies out of a recipe. Don't worry about getting the globs close to one another. They won't spread out while baking.

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Put the cookies in the oven on 350 degrees for 15 minutes. They're best fresh from the oven. Let them cool completely before storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator (this helps them keep a little better because of the bananas). They're not bad to eat cold, but I like to heat mine in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. They'll keep in the refrigerator for about four days, though I usually eat all mine by then. But if you're not as gluttonous as I, pop them in the freezer, and you can stretch their shelf life.

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Enjoy the Poopies! Just try not to dwell on the name.

Poopies (or Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies)

1 cup oats, ground into a powder

2 ripe bananas, torn into chunks

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dump all the ingredients into a medium bowl. Use your hand to squish the ingredients together. It's messy, but it's the best way. Dough will be a little slushy, but sort of thick. Use a spoon to scrape any excess dough from your hand, then spoon globs of dough onto a sprayed cookie sheet. It doesn't matter how close the globs are, because the dough won't spread while baking. Bake for 15 minutes.

Eat a couple fresh out of the oven. Wait for the rest to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Store in the freezer if you don't expect to eat them all within four days.

Yields: 28 cookies

Calories: 39    Sugars: 5g     Carbs: 9g     Protein: 0.6g     Fiber: 1g     Fat: 2.5g