Everyday Inspirations


Guiltless chocolate chip cookies
We all try to eat healthy, but let's face it, we all get cravings for our favorite treats. One of my most common cravings is a grand, old classic: the chocolate chip cookie. I love to bake, but I know as soon as I make cookies I'll want to eat them all--not so good for my waistline. So I decided to rework a few recipes to make this healthy substitution. With no added sugar, butter or oil, they provide the taste you crave with the guilt-free contents you need. 

{Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies}

3 large, ripe bananas, well mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup applesauce
1 egg
2 tablespoons honey

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup flour
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded  
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
7 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine the bananas, vanilla, almond extract, applesauce, egg and honey. In a separate bowl stir together oats, flour, coconut, cinnamon, salt and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans. Drop spoonfuls of the dough about an inch apart onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes. 

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

3/28/2011 05:52:13 am

I am so excited to try this recipe! I love chocolate chip cookies as well, and so do my two young kids. I've been looking for a healthy alternative to our oatmeal choc chip recipe so there is no added sugar and have tried a number of things but haven't had the result I want. THanks for sharing this!!

3/29/2011 12:20:44 am

I gave up sweets for Lent but these will definitely be tested out shortly after Easter. Thanks for the recipe!


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