I don’t know about you, but I’ve got the biggest sweet tooth! I’ll take sweet over salty any day. I strive to eat as healthy and clean as I can to keep myself strong and energized to get through Paula’s killer thigh series, but I also know that I should treat myself in moderation. I came across a healthy dessert blogger a year or two ago who goes by Chocolate Covered Katie. I tried out a few of her recipes and I fell in love! She has so many yummy, modified sweets recipes that won’t cost you a quarter of your daily calories like so many desserts do.
One of my favorites that I find myself making over and over is her oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. These cookies don’t have any butter in them, so they will have a consistency more like a soft granola bar. Bonus: They also have walnuts and coconut in them, adding in omega-3s & potassium! Healthier dessert with benefits — who says you can’t have the best of both worlds?!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup of spelt or whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp chopped walnuts
- 3 tbsp shredded coconut
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp vegetable oil (coconut oil can be substituted)
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- pinch of stevia, or 1 extra tbsp pure maple syrup
- if using stevia option, add 1tbsp milk of choice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees & grease a muffin pan or cookie tray. I find the muffin pan works best so the cookies don’t roll around. Since there is no butter in the recipe, they won’t melt like a normal cookie.
In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, stir together the wet ingredients. Combine the two bowls to form a dough. Chill for at least an hour in the fridge. After the dough has chilled, roll the dough into cookie-sized balls and place in the muffin pan or on the cookie tray. Place in the oven and bake for 7 minutes. Once you remove these yummy bites from the oven, let sit in pan for about ten minutes to cool before moving to the cooling rack or plate. Dig in! I know you’ll love them as much as I do!
xoxo, Jenna C.