What We Eat: Reduced Fat Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Next week is National Chocolate Chip Cookie week, and our office is all about celebrating random days, especially when it involves chocolate chip cookies. And while we always enjoy treating ourselves to a good cookie every now and then – expecting to ruin a healthy day of eating. Hey, everything in moderation, right?

Well, we were amazed when Sarah shared a recipe for reduced fat, whole grain chocolate chip cookies. The recipe contains no butter, white sugar, or enriched flour, while still satisfying with its chocolaty goodness. The trick to substitute the above ingredients for a banana, whole grain wheat, and quick oats. All delicious ingredients, but I would have never thought of adding them to a chocolate chip cookie.

Now we don’t have to ruin a healthy diet, or feel guilty about doing so! Thanks for sharing Sarah!

 

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Reduced Fat Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes about 24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 over ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 oz dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. Mash the banana in a large bowl.
  3. Add egg and vanilla to the banana and mix.
  4. Beat in the brown sugar.
  5. Mix in oats, flour, baking soda, powder, and cinnamon.
  6. Add in chocolate chips.
  7. Drop dough on to silpat lined cookie sheet, slightly flatten.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

 

Recipe by Sarah B., PacificSource

Will the Picky Eater be Keen on Quinoa?

One reason why I don’t like going to nutrition websites is that I find it very hard to trust them. They say things like, “Try brown rice instead of white. Brown rice has a rich, nutty flavor that you’ll love.” So I try brown rice, only to discover that it tastes like shredded cardboard.

Can’t they just be honest and say, “Here’s the deal, bulgur tastes nothing like pasta, it’s not going to be yummy or fun to eat, but it’s good for you, so maybe find a way to shovel it down.”

Thus, I was an extreme skeptic about trying quinoa. (It’s pronounced Keen-WAH. Get my title now? Aren’t I just the clever one?). But a friend gave me a recipe for “Healthy Chocolate Banana Quinoa for Breakfast.” I ignored every word in that title except for “chocolate.”

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The recipe had impressive stats: low-calorie, high in protein, high in fiber. It had a picture, which is a must for me, and the picture didn’t make me gag. Also, it contained chocolate.  So I gave it a try.

The package said that cooking the quinoa was supposed to take 10 minutes, but it really took more like 20. It did NOT smell good while cooking. Two strikes against you quinoa. I mixed in the chocolate and banana and only then was I willing to try it. (Apparently a good chef samples his or her cooking during the process. I am not a good chef.)

Stay with me here when I tell you that it was…GREAT! And I don’t mean the chocolate and banana part. Quinoa is kind of like tapioca if tapioca were a little crunchier. Don’t get me wrong, quinoa is soft, but each little ball of quinoa retains its independence; it doesn’t gel together into one substance like oatmeal. So when you eat it, you can slightly feel every little quinoa in your mouth. It doesn’t crunch like Grape Nuts, and it doesn’t mush like oatmeal; it’s in between. I think kids would find this to be very fun to eat.

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Also, it tastes nothing like it smells during cooking, which was a good thing for me. It has a taste, but it’s a pretty good taste and it’s pretty mild. I ended up making it twice in one weekend I liked it so much, and now it’s a regular on my short list of breakfast go-to items. I realize that most quinoa recipes are meant as side dishes, and they usually contain spices, cheese and vegetables. But I wasn’t ready for that. I was only ready for a chocolate version. To my fellow picky eaters (and yes, I realize most of you are under the age of six), I give quinoa a thumbs up and encourage you try it!

If you have already tried it and like it, who has some recipes for me? (Nothing too crazy though, I’m still a very, very picky eater!)

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