If you’re trying to eat healthier as a family, then you know how difficult it can be; busy schedules and picky eaters only add to the challenge. In defense of my family, they’ll try almost anything once and they’ve tried some pretty nasty stuff. I’ve been known to experiment with some unusual ingredients in an attempt to create healthier versions of some of our…okay, my…favorite foods and treats.
I search the web collecting recipes that substitute unhealthy ingredients for more nutritious options. Some get a thumbs-up from the family, some taste like cardboard! Whenever I try a new recipe I just know what the kids are thinking. They’ll look at it closely; maybe even give it a smell, before taking that first bite. They could care less if it’s healthy or not, they’re just wondering what crazy ingredients Mom put in it!
Not too long ago, while packing food for a weekend sports tournament our family was attending, I thought a batch of chocolate chip cookies would really hit the spot. We had plenty of protein, vegetables and fruit packed, but I’ve seen that look of longing my kids have when their friends are eating cookies; sometimes an apple just doesn’t have the same appeal. So I emailed a few friends who share my love for healthy foods and one forwarded me the recipe I’m about to share with you.
Even I was surprised by how tasty this treat was and how easy the recipe was to make…no creaming, whipping and beating…just put all the ingredients into a bowl and stir until combined. You probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboards so you could even make a batch today!
If you try these cookies, please report back and let me know whether you enjoyed them as much as we did. And from one foodie to another, I sure would love to add your favorite healthy cookie recipe to my collection and learn about your favorite healthy recipe sites. Please share your recipes and website links in the comment area below. It would be great if we could bookmark (or pin) this blog page and have several healthy cookie recipes at our fingertips!
Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 large eggs, beaten until frothy
1 cup almond flour
1/3 cup bulk sugar substitute (adjust based on sweetener used)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder (NOTE: In my next batch I increased this to 2 tsp. and got a fluffier cookie that wasn’t quite as flat as my first batch. Adjust to your preference.)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips or raisins or dried cranberries
Optional: I added a bit of oatmeal, some raisins and cinnamon to the dough and it tasted like an old-fashion oatmeal cookie! I can think of so many variations to try with this same basic recipe!
Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well to create a batter.
Use a tablespoon to drop 9-10 evenly spaced cookies on the lined pan. Bake for about 12-15 minutes until cookies begin to lightly brown. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the parchment paper.