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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Ann Arbor, MI!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Secretly Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are my weakness.

It’s not one of those indulgences where if I get my fill once in a while, I’m satisfied – it’s one of those “if-there’s-a-chocolate-chip-cookie-around-I-will-eat-it” weakness.

Especially warm, gooey, freshly made chocolate chip cookies with caramel ice cream on top. I’m sitting on my couch salivating just thinking about it.

Chocolate chip cookies are always better at night, as a satisfying end to a long day. I used to eat 2 mini cookies every night for dessert when I was in high school, without fail. Perhaps it’s less of a weakness and more of an addiction πŸ™‚

And during the holidays, cookies and chocolate abound; although I’m surprised that this holiday I haven’t received any chocolate chip cookies among the many varieties that have ended up at my doorstep. Which is why, as I was thinking about (and craving) some cookies tonight, I decided to post this recipe for secretly healthy chocolate chip cookies.

Why are these somewhat healthy, even though they are cookies? Because they have an added punch of protein and fiber, with the addition of lentil flour into the cookies! Keep in mind, they still have plenty of butter and sugar, so it’s not like they’re super healthy or lacking in that ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie essence, but they do have a bit more nutrition to make it slightly less of a guilty pleasure.

This recipe comes courtesy of theΒ USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council, who contacted me with the idea of adding lentil flour into cookie dough to amp up the protein & fiber in traditional cookie recipes. I thought it was brilliant – since you won’t be able to taste the lentil flour, but you do get the nutritional benefits by sneaking it into this recipe!

The Ingredients

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup lentil flourΒ (mixes best at room temperature, not cold)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, softened (note – the 1 cup of butter is a lot, but among the serving size – 60 cookies, it amounts to only about 15 calories of butter per cookie)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 3/4 cups chocolate chips (you can change this up and add peanut butter or butterscotch chips if you like!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
The Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flours, salt and baking soda in a small bowl.
  3. Beat butter, sugars and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until creamy.
  4. Add eggs and syrup, beating well.
  5. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  7. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets.
  8. Bake 9 – 11 minutes or until brown.

Hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I did – and now I’m off to the kitchen to warm up a cookie and pour myself a big glass of milk!

 

Secretly Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 60 cookies (5 dozen)

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Calories per serving: 106

Fat per serving: 5.9g

Nutritional Info Per Serving (per cookie): 106 Calories, 5.9g Fat, 42.9mg Sodium, 14g Carbs, 0.5g Fiber, 10.5g Sugar, 1.2g Protein

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup lentil flour (mixes best at room temperature, not cold)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, softened (note - the 1 cup of butter is a lot, but among the serving size - 60 cookies, it amounts to only about 15 calories of butter per cookie)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 3/4 cups chocolate chips (you can change this up and add peanut butter or butterscotch chips if you like!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flours, salt and baking soda in a small bowl.
  3. Beat butter, sugars and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until creamy.
  4. Add eggs and syrup, beating well.
  5. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  7. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets.
  8. Bake 9 – 11 minutes or until brown.
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17 responses to “Secretly Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies”

    • Oh yay!! Let’s definitely get together when you’re here in April – can’t wait to see you, happy new year! πŸ™‚

  1. These look delicious! Where do I get lentil flour? I looked for it in the bulk bins at whole foods but was unable to find it. Thanks!

    • You can get it at any Indian store – it’s usually called something like “urad dal flour” – or you can buy it online like on this website – but I’m sure there are plenty of other online options too! Hope that helps!

  2. Hi Anjali, I found your recipe whilst looking for cookies using lentil flour! It sounds good πŸ™‚ Have you tried substituting the butter with any oils? I might try a small batch with sunflower oil or colza and also with butter to see the difference. Would like to know your opinion..

    • Hi Avril! I haven’t tried substituting any oils for the butter, but I have made these cookies using half the amount of butter, and then 1/4 cup full fat plain Greek yogurt, and that turns out great! Hope that helps, and I hope you love these cookies!

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