Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend!
My liver cleanse went well and I feel very flushed out and full of energy today. The book says it may be short lived and I’ll have to continue cleaning my liver until I’m no longer passing stones, but it’s well worth it for this awesome, refreshed feeling!
Saturday was a lazy recovery day and Sunday was a catch-up-on-errands day. Troy and I went to WalMart, Target, and Lowe’s for some household essentials and were reminded that school is starting this week by the masses of freshmen and their parents shopping for shower caddies and hot pink furniture.
I just wanted to pick up Fifty Shades Darker (yes, I somehow got conned into reading the first one) but we ended up browsing for just about everything else. I wanted to look at bicycles because Troy just got one last week and I think it’ll be fun to start riding together.
It’s a really awesome Schwinn hybrid bike that he got for a great deal on Craigslist and I want one just like it, only a girl’s version. And baby blue. This one, specifically.
On the way out, I saw the baking supplies aisle and decided I wanted to try baking chocolate chip cookies. Now, I’m not a baker by any means and this would be my first time making something from scratch, so I grabbed some baking powder, baking soda, whole wheat flour, and chocolate chips and thought I was all set.
When I got home, I started looking for cookie recipes online and realized I didn’t have all the items necessary for any one single recipe (eggs, anyone?) and I’m too much of a newbie to make my own substitutions, so I had to think out of the box a little.
I finally stumbled upon this recipe, which I had all the ingredients for. It seemed promising and had lots of positive comments, so I gave it a shot, and I’m pretty pleased with the results.
For a healthier alternative to traditional chocolate chip cookies, here’s an awesome recipe.
Whole Wheat Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cups sugar (I used pure cane sugar)
- 3/4 cups butter (sub Earth Balance for a vegan version)*
- 3 tbsp hot water
- 1/4 cup applesauce (I used unsweetened, but cinnamon would be tasty too)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract (optional: I didn’t have any, so I omitted)
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
*I think this recipe calls for too much butter. The raw dough came out a bit too buttery for my taste, but you couldn’t tell once they were baked. Next time, I’ll try it with only 1 stick, or 1/2 cup of butter. If you’re a more experienced baker, I’d like to hear your thoughts on what effects this would have.
1. Preheat over to 350ºF.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, butter, hot water, applesauce, and vanilla extract. My butter wouldn’t melt fast enough, so I stuck it in the microwave for 20 seconds. Make sure the sugar melts and everything is an even consistency.
3. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt.
4. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, stirring slowly and evenly to create a consistent dough.
5. Stir in the chocolate chips and mix well.
6. Line a cookie tray with parchment paper and place flattened dollops of cookie dough about 1.5 inches in diameter on the sheet about an inch apart.
7. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes.
The verdict: They came out SO much better than I expected! They have a wheat-y flavor that reminds me of a fluffy chocolate chip muffin. I didn’t listen to the recipe and made the cookie dough balls about 2-2.5 inches in diameter, so I ended up with giant cookies.
However, I’ll eat these giant cookies any day. They taste delicious, and they’re a great guilt-free alternative to traditional cookies that are easy on the wallet and the waist.
What are your favorite ways to healthify traditional recipes like cookies? What are some simple recipes you’d recommend a novice baker to try?