How Do You Get Yummy “Healthy” Chocolate Chip Cookies?

As I mentioned in my previous post, we are not a health blog. We like our chocolate chip cookies as much as the next kid so we still allow the boys to have them. In an effort to be slightly healthier, I have been opting for Quaker’s Oat Cookies with Chocolate Chips. I thought it was kind of good because it’s “made with Wholegrain Oats, has 0% trans fat, and no artificial flavours.

Just in case you’re wondering, you can find out more about why trans fats are bad here:

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Well, here’s the bummer… According to Dr Oz, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines allow companies to claim that their product has no trans fats as long as it does not exceed .5 grams per serving. Oops. But there’s more… A look at the ingredients lists shows that it also contains permitted flavouring (which shouldn’t be artificial since the box states it doesn’t contain artificial flavours – or does it?), and food additives for food conditioner. I loathe when it contains “food additives” because you really have no idea what those additives are – they could be contentious carcinogenic additives and you’d be none the wiser.

Now choc chip cookies aren’t hard to make. It can also be a fun activity to do with the kids. Aristotle has pretty much got the hang of it and can do most of it on his own. I just help out with the oven and the heavy lifting. If you are concerned about having too many cookies, you can half the recipe, or you can make a batch and freeze the rest of the cookie dough for another time.

G1 made us dessert for dinner... :)

We have a White Chocolate Chip Recipe that works pretty well for us. It can be modified if you’re not fond of white chocolate. Just swap out the white choc chips for regular milk choc chips. We also prefer to use brown sugar instead of white. I’ve read warnings not to simple swap around ingredients but I confess I do it all the time and usually don’t suffer too badly for it as long as I don’t make hugely drastic changes. If you want a healthier cookie, I’m sure you can find loads of recipes online for choc chip oatmeal cookies. Meanwhile, there is a terrific article about getting the perfect choc chip cookie on Sunset. The gist of it is that if you prefer your choc chip cookies chewy:

  • use the darker brown sugar
  • add an extra egg yolk
  • use melted butter
  • take your cookies out of the oven earlier

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