Sonia came over recently and asked me to try these Zucchini chocolate chip cookies she made. They were soft and sooooo tasty – I could've eaten no more than 15 at once.
Don't we wish! I can't go that far and say these are “healthy”, they have sugar in them after all, and that stuff is bad news. (Read more about that in the comments section at the My Dark Secrets post.) But a little now and then, if the rest of your diet is pretty healthy and if you don't have diabetes (or pre-diabetes), should be OK. (However, read a much more knowledgeable bit of info about this topic of healthy treats in the comments below from Anna!)
Having said that, still, these are healthier than most treats you could have. Just that they're homemade is a huge jump from store-bought. And the zucchini…that's obviously healthier. Then you make them with butter and eggs and part whole grain flour, and this recipe even calls for honey for most of the sweetener – yes, much better than a lot of goodies you and your kids could be eating!! (Most cookies in the store have trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, refined/highly processed white flour, preservatives, artificial colors, etc.)
Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies
My notes are in italics.
For Step One (see instructions):
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1/3 cup palm or coconut sugar
- 2/3 cup honey (raw and local is best)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
For Step Two (see instructions):
- 2 cups white flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
- 2 cups whole wheat flour (sprouted pastry flour is best – visit my resources page for where to buy)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda (I use aluminum-free)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (I tried omitting this in mine)
- 2 cups finely shredded zucchini (local and organic is best)
- 12 ounces chocolate chips
- Combine eggs, butter, sugar, honey, and vanilla in a large bowl.
- Combine white flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl.
- Then blend the ingredients from both bowls together and then add the shredded zucchini and chocolate chips.
- Drop by spoonful onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 350* for 10-15 minutes. (Mine were ready in about 9-10 minutes.)
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