Not Your Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ohh but they are tasty! And you’ll never guess what’s in them. Or better yet, what’s NOT in them. :)

I love the challenge of making baked goods out of “healthy” things. My intention isn’t to necessarily duplicate traditional baked goods but to make tasty treats that are yummy and add SOME nutritional value to our diets.

Not Your Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies - the whole batch

I find it fun to experiment but I’m ecstatic when the results of those experiments are tasty, especially to a 5 year old!

He could NOT get enough of these things. Here he is stealing one during my photo shoot.

Not Your Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies - the whole batch

Out of the oven these were warm and actually gooey-like. As they cooled they remained soft and slightly cake-y but still very cookie-like. The husband didn’t like them but said, “I can see how others would [like them.]” At least I got him to take a bite. He rarely touches my baking experiments. They are too “out there” for him. That’s ok, more for me and Little Man!

Not Your Grandma's Chocolate Chip CookiesHere’s what I did. Bear with the pictures. I went a little nutty. :) Speaking of… next time these are totally getting a handful of walnuts. The crunch would be a great addition!

  • 1 cup rolled oats (80g)
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (120g)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 15oz can of butter beans drained, liquid reserved
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (61g)
  • 1/4 cup honey (84g) (this amount worked for us — double for a sweeter cookie as others are saying they are a bit bland)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup MINI-chocolate chips (56g) + 3 (more on that later)

Here’s all the ingredients. Oh! and my idea was inspired by this and this. Forgot to tell you that in the intro. :)

Not Your Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies - the ingredients

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Put the rolled oats and whole wheat flour in the food processor.

Not Your Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies - the whole batch

Blend until powdery. It should only take about a minute.

Not Your Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies - the whole batch

Dump the flour/oat mixture into a large bowl and whisk in the baking soda, baking powder, and nutmeg.

Put the beans (without the liquid) in the food processor with the applesauce, honey and vanilla.

Not Your Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies - the whole batch

Blend until smooth.

Not Your Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies - the whole batch

Pour the bean mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix together adding about 4 tablespoons of the bean liquid–enough to get a dough consistency out of the batter.

Add the chips and mix in.

Not Your Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies - the whole batch

Side note: At this moment the Little Guy came home from school. He added an additional 3 chips to the batter and was CONVINCED that’s what made them SO good. It was hysterical.

Drop the batter by the tablespoon on a greased (non-stick spray) or parchment lined cookie sheet flattening a bit. Bake for 13-15 minutes until the cookies brown and the bottoms are golden.

Not Your Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies - the whole batchNot Your Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies - the whole batch

I made exactly 30 cookies with a few batter taste tests. :)

The kid ate SIX while we played after school. I finally had to cut him off but it made me feel good that he liked them so much.

Not Your Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies - the whole batch

Update: I made them again and got 40 cookies! Just as yummy as the first time!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
10 3 Cookies
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
170 3g 4g old: 3 new: 4
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
13g 1g 33g 5g
Posted in: 3 WWP, 4 WWPP, Cookie Ideas, Dessert Ideas, Snack Ideas, Toddler Approved, Vegetarian Ideas
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49 Comments and 1 Replies

  1. Eileen

    awesome! I think i’ll make these to send to my friend in college. I want to send her yummy presents, but not ones that will contribute to the freshman 15!

  2. roni

    They are just large lima beans. You’ll see them in the canned bean department as “Butter Beans”. You can see them in the picture of the ingredients under the vanilla.

  3. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy

    I JUST saw a recipe the other day that used chickpeas that I printed off. I can’t WAIT to make either those or these! Awesome! Thanks!

    Funny, beans are my favorite and I’ve been adding them to everything. Won’t the family be surprised when they get them in cookies! :-)

  4. Laura

    Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite food, and I’ve been wondering about a good recipe for healthy ones for months! I am absolutely going to make these this weekend. I’ll Twitter pictures. Thanks for doing the research on this for us, Roni!

  5. Mara

    Hey Roni – do you think I could use Great Northern beans instead? Don’t have butter beans on hand right now … now if I can only make a batch of these when no one is looking … they’re becoming wise to my tricks these days!
    Thanks for posting a great idea, Mara

  6. Megan Lawson

    Roni, I noticed the Happy Herbivore website helped to inspire this recipe for you. I love Happy Herbivore and it has inspired a few different recipes for me as well. You definitely need to try the Black Bean Brownies from that site. I tweaked it a bit, but the brownies came out just great. I even had my picky cohost at my college’s radio station test them and she approved.

  7. Barbara

    thanks they really sound good. I heard of puttingblack beans in brownie mix, but I can’t wrap my head around that one. Will try these.
    and I get three for 4
    thats great

  8. Amanda

    I’m trying this right now with some substitutions based on what I had on hand:

    - regular wheat flour
    - added 2 Tbl ground flaxseed (yay Omega-3s!)
    - used blackstrap molasses instead of honey
    - great northern beans in place of butter beans

    Haven’t tried a cookie yet, but the dough was pleasantly nutty and not overly sweet. :) Thanks for the idea!

    In the idea of substituting things, have you tried “raw” brownies? I made some the other day and they’re tasty! Not a full substitute, but worked with the chocolate cravings! I use an almond/date base and add cinnamon. :)

  9. Amanda

    Ok, just tried mine. I’d have to say stick with the white wheat flour- mine didn’t come out very cookie-like. The flavor is great, but I think regular wheat flour is just a bit too heavy. Thanks again for the idea!

  10. roni

    LOVE the idea of flax! SO doing that next time. Ours weren’t traditional cookie like either… but the taste is dead on.

    We just finished the batch. :)

  11. Brandy Jo

    I just made these are they are soooo good! Thank you for another healthy dessert:) I did change it up just a little as I used what I had. I only had banana walnut instant oatmeal and steel cut oats, so I went with the banana nut! And I don’t have mini chocolate chips so I used bitter sweet chips. These are wonderful!! I will make these alot I think!

  12. Kiley

    I just made these and I have to say that you NEED mini chocolate chips! I think little bits of chocolate better compliment the recipe (/your waist line!) versus regular size chips. Next time, I would certainly try that because my roommates aren’t quite appreciating the brilliance of this as much as I am b/c of the low sugar

  13. roni

    YES! I agree and should have stressed that in the recipes. The minis do allow the choc to stretch more within the cookies allowing you to have a bit in every bite. The dough itself is not that sweet (I think it’s perfect) so the bit of choc helps tons!

  14. Sarah

    I just made them (with agave instead of honey) and they are good, but not quite sweet enough for my tastes. The hubs says they are no good and too bland.

    I’d make them again though with maybe molasses like another reader suggested since it has a stronger flavor than agave. You can’t really taste the beans and they have a really nice texture.

  15. Sam

    Ok, so i missed the part about the “mini” choc chips lol. I was so excited to make these super healthy cookies but was disappointed in the taste. Will make again with the minis and maybe add a little more honey or cinnamon. Thanks Roni for all the great ideas…keep them coming :0) PS my 4 1/2 year old LOVED making these with me!

  16. kathy cromwell

    Yumo! Cannot wait to try this recipe. Please look into Fair Trade chocolate as children are used and abused for the coaco beans used in making chocolate. Go to ” Green America” web site to get the details of how important this is.

  17. Tanya

    Just made these!Thought we might want them a tad bit sweeter so I used 1/3 c honey and 1 tsp splenda. Also used 1/8 tsp Allspice since I didn’t have any nutmeg. These are fantastic!! I have two boys 12 & 14. The 12 yr old has eaten 6 and my 14 yr just said,”Dang these are good. Keep making them!” AND they both know that they have beans in them!!! Thanks Roni, you’re the best!

  18. Liz W

    i’m making these tomorrow! i have bigger chips, so i’ll just smash! i’m gonna try some with white chocolate chips, too. i’m also doing a honey carrot cake.

  19. Liz W

    i just finished making the chocolate chip batch. accidentally added 2 tablespoons of vanilla instead of teaspoons. and they were REALLY good with white chocolate chips!

  20. Sam

    Ok so this was my second attempt with a few tweaks! I doubled the honey and used 2 tablespoons of vanilla. I used a teaspoon of cinamon instead of nutmeg and they are YUMMY!!! I made 22 cookies and they worked out to be just over 1 1/2 old ww points each. Thanks for inspiring me to get creative in the kitchen Roni :0)

  21. Melissa L.

    I’d like to make these for the Father’s day potluck at our church. I have tons of quick oats, do you think that would work in this recipe?

  22. Katharina

    I just got my second attempt of these put of the oven and they are really quite good. I made a few tweaks, reduced the beans to 150 gr because the first batch tasty quite ‘beany’. But that might be, because here in Germany we don’t have Butter Beans and I had to use regular big white beans.

    And I also exchanged the honey for 20 gr of sugar and some stevia.

    And finally, since I didn’t read properly in the beginning and had tossed the bean liquid, I added vanilla soy milk instead.

    But, those will definitely be made again.

  23. Robbie-Lynn

    These were amazing. I used white kidney beans because that’s what I had and subbed agave nectar for the honey. My kids loved them. I will be making these again for sure.

  24. LouAnn Mallon

    Do you have any CRUNCHY cookie recipes?
    Or CRUNCHY granola bar recipes??
    No oil preferably ~

  25. Kimberly

    Inspired by your brownie recipe I added some coco powder to make chocolate chocolate chip cookies and doubled the honey. Pretty cool! I had gastric bypass so the beans make me kind of “musical”, but worth it to be healthy!

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