Two dessert recipes in one week. Yes, indeed. Unlike Biscoff Cookie Truffles, however, these offer up a bit of a nutrition.
I wasn’t at all shocked when Renee asked a question about the healthfulness of coconut oil in the last RD Q&A. Like many “trends” in nutrition, I figured this one would come and go, but coconut oil has had quite the long life in the nutrition spotlight. If you missed the details on why coconut oil can be a healthy choice, check out this post. P.S. I have NO Q&A questions to answer 🙁 Gladly accepting questions! 🙂
As for flavor, coconut oil is perfectly suited for baking as it can add a subtle sweetness and nuttiness, as is the case in these cookies. And thanks to the coconut oil, these are butter-less cookies!
When people ask me what I love most about nutrition and being an RD, it really boils down to science. Not beakers and test tubes (I failed those courses miserable. Okay…nearly failed those courses miserably.), but the science of how food is digested and absorbed in the body. Being able to apply what I learned in 6 years of nutrition studies is what allows me to help people to truly understand their bodies, their health, and the reasons why what they choose to eat can help prevent or treat disease. In other words, I don’t tell people what to eat, I teach people how to eat a diet that’s best for them as an individual.
When I can meet with someone for an hour and help them understand the implications nutrition has on their prognosis and treatment of their disease or condition, it is the ultimate reward. I like to think I have the ability to take complex medical mumbo jumbo and make it 1) easy to understand and 2) apply to nutrition.
Coconut oil was, for me, one of those foods that I had to think through. Admittedly, I didn’t take the time to do this right away. For many years now, tropical oils have been limited and discouraged and here we are putting coconut oil on the highest pedestal of all. I’m not going that far…if for no other reason than I tend to not worship individual foods. Unless of course those foods are toffee, avocados, or king crab legs. Maybe even some fresh mozzarella or Gruyere.
I digress. Coconut oil…it’s good. In moderation. Just like butter…but healthier than butter (not that butter is healthy in the slightest..unfortunately). And most importantly, it’s great in these cookies!
Best Butter-less Chocolate Chip Cookies ever so slightly adapted from My Kitchen Adventures
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup + 1 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
10 oz semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat.
In large bowl, beat together the coconut oil and brown sugar with mixer. Add in the eggs and beat until fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract.
In med bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder with whisk. Mix the flour mixture into the coconut oil mixture with a wooden spoon until all the flour is incorporated. Add in the chocolate chips and mix well.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for approx. 8 – 10 minutes or until slightly browned around the edges. Let rest on cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing to rack to cool completely.
Yield: 40 cookies.
Nutrition Information (per cookie): 96 calories; 4.9 g. fat; 9 mg. cholesterol; 70 mg. sodium; 13 g. carbohydrate; 1 g. fiber; 0.8 g. protein
Result: Soft, sweet, and uber chocolatey. I did opt to use whole wheat pastry flour in place of all-purpose and I decreased the chocolate chips by just a bit. These were very quick to throw together and kept great in an air-tight container at room temperature for about a week. Granted, they only lasted 5 days and I did get some help from the in-laws, who give them a thumbs up, too. Enjoy!
It’s Friday!! Wooo! Labs and rounds with the doc and then it’s the weekend! Sad to not be spending it with my mama, but anxious to celebrate her anyways and enjoy the beautiful weekend weather we are expecting here in Ohio.