Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Not Your Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 WWPP Posted by 4 years ago 50 Comments

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

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    Eileen

    February 28, 2011

    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! Reply

    Krista S.

    February 28, 2011

    Verrrrry interesting! I wonder if they could potentially be gas causing due to the beans? Reply

    roni

    February 28, 2011

    I'd rather the gas then the extra fat and sugar. ;) Reply

    RunEatRepeat

    February 28, 2011

    I love black bean brownies, so I bet I would love this! Great job :) Reply

    Gwen

    February 28, 2011

    Awesome! I made some CCCs last night using date butter...nice brown sugary flavor! :) Reply

    Jan

    March 1, 2011

    I can't find the white wheat flour at home. Do you think these would work with regular whole wheat flour? Reply

    roni

    March 1, 2011

    I do and actually I was planning on using it but crabbed the wrong bag.Let us know how they turn out! Reply

    Jan

    March 1, 2011

    Thanks Roni. I will let you know. :) Reply

    SuccessAlongtheWeigh

    March 1, 2011

    Ooh, I've been looking for a recipe to use the random bag of white whole wheat flour I picked up at Trader Joe's! I can't wait to try these! Reply

    Julie

    March 1, 2011

    What are butter beans? Reply

    roni

    March 1, 2011

    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. Reply

    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy

    March 1, 2011

    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! :-) Reply

    Julie

    March 1, 2011

    WOW, who knew you could add them to cookies :) thank you I'm going to try this :) Reply

    Laura

    March 1, 2011

    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! Reply

    Mara

    March 1, 2011

    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 Reply

    roni

    March 1, 2011

    I think any white bean would work but I haven't tried. If you do let us know! Reply

    Megan Lawson

    March 1, 2011

    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. Reply

    Barbara

    March 1, 2011

    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 Reply

    Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing

    March 1, 2011

    I can't wait to try these. My husband loves butter beans AND chocolate chip cookies! Reply

    Amanda

    March 1, 2011

    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. :) Reply

    Amanda

    March 1, 2011

    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! Reply

    roni

    March 1, 2011

    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. :) Reply

    Ana Myre

    March 1, 2011

    What Are butter beans, what do you think I cuold use instead, Or do they go by another name too? Reply

    roni

    March 1, 2011

    They are just large lima beans.. look for them in the canned bean section of the store. Any white beans should work. Reply

    Happy Herbivore

    March 2, 2011

    Thx for making happy herbivore's butter bean cookies! I like the idea of using honey (or for me, agave) in them! Reply

    roni

    March 2, 2011

    Thanks for the inspiration. I generally try to avoid sugar... just for fun. :) Reply

    Kristina

    March 2, 2011

    Thanks for the link up! Glad to have inspired you! Great site :-) (I would love to learn more about blog design :-) LOVE your lay out! Reply

    Brandy Jo

    March 4, 2011

    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! Reply

    Kiley

    March 5, 2011

    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 Reply

    roni

    March 5, 2011

    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! Reply

    Sarah

    March 5, 2011

    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. Reply

    Ambra

    March 13, 2011

    Love your blog! I have lost 70lbs too!! I have been doing WW and am always on the look out for great and healthy recipes! Reply

    Sam

    March 15, 2011

    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! Reply

    Carolyn @ lovinlosing

    March 15, 2011

    So I just made these and unfortunately they weren't a hit in my household. A bit dry and bland. :( I used agave instead of honey 'cause that's all I had. Reply

    kathy cromwell

    March 19, 2011

    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. Reply

    Tanya

    March 25, 2011

    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! Reply

    Liz W

    April 8, 2011

    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. Reply

    Liz W

    April 8, 2011

    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! Reply

    deke

    April 11, 2011

    how to make the cake Reply

    Charisse

    April 11, 2011

    Shouldn't you give credit to the original recipe on happy herbivore? it's pretty much the same... Reply

    roni

    April 11, 2011

    I linked to both recipes that influenced me above. In case you missed them... http://thecrunchysoup.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/sneaky-chocolate-chip-cookies-with-chickpeas/ http://happyherbivore.com/2010/04/butter-bean-cookies/ Reply

    roni

    April 11, 2011

    oh and she commented. Reply

    Sam

    April 13, 2011

    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) Reply

    Melissa L.

    June 15, 2011

    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? Reply

    roni

    June 16, 2011

    Quick instead of rolled? It should be fine. Reply

    Katharina

    July 17, 2011

    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. Reply

    Robbie-Lynn

    September 13, 2011

    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. Reply

    LouAnn Mallon

    March 2, 2014

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

      roni

      March 3, 2014

      I think these are the crunchiest I have.. http://greenlitebites.com/2009/03/02/chocolate-cookie-crisps/ Crunchy is hard when you are trying to avoid too much butter.

    Kimberly

    May 19, 2014

    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! Reply