Buzzfeed published an article over the weekend about ‘how to make the perfect chocolate chip cookies’.
Chewy centers with crisp edges seem to be the rage among cookie-eaters, but what’s unfortunate about that is the copious amounts of sugar involved in creating that desirable texture.
Around these parts, sugar makes us all a bit wacky in some way.
In addition to problems with candida for all, my husband begins to have joint and digestive issues, I become fatigued and moody, as does Jade, and Natalie becomes the human version of a cracked out chihuahua.
Most of you are probably thinking something like…’that’s why it’s called a treat‘…’so only have one’…’it’s just once in a while’….
While that’s totally rational, the lot of us over here, namely me and the Mister, have opted to have our treats hippie-style, using far less of any and every type of sweetener.
What I like to do (shocker for you regulars, I’m sure), is ‘healthify’ my fave treats, and eliminate all the unnecessary sweetness.
I made these for the first time almost a year ago now, right around the time that both Sam was born and I started becoming more serious about my sugar intake.
Natalie and I made them one afternoon before I had to pick up Jade, and we pretty much ate the entire batch between the two of us!
The girls crack me up because not only are they acutely aware of mommy’s sugar aversion, they also like to point out when a chef on TV is using too much. I think it has become a bit of a game to them to please their mama, lol. 🙂
The soft texture pairs nicely with the flavors of cinnamon, oats, and chocolate, and with NO added oil, these make for a healthy, delicious, lower-in-fat mid-day treat for the most sugar-conscious individual!
- 1 c. oats
- ¼ c. buckwheat flour (I grind my flour from the raw groats, which tastes best!)
- ½ t. baking soda
- 1 t. cinnamon
- ¼ t. sea salt
- ⅓ c. applesauce
- 1 egg
- 2 t. vanilla
- 1 T. honey or maple syrup
- ¼-1/3 c. chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate (I use a combination of 73% dark chocolate and unsweetened chocolate)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- MIx the dry ingredients (oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt).
- Mix the wet ingredients (applesauce, egg, vanilla, sweetener).
- Mix all with the chocolate.
- Dollop batter onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet (the batter will appear a bit crumbly at this point, but it will bake together fine).
- Bake 12 minutes.
- Cool and enjoy!
If these aren’t your cup of tea, I actually have another low sugar chocolate chip cookie recipe a-coming in the near future, so stay tuned!
What’s your favorite type of chocolate chip cookie?