Mission: Find a chocolate cookie that I could eat semi-guilt free.
Background: I really wanted a chocolate cookie in the house, and I stopped buying packaged cookies. I searched my go-to places and read over recipes I have printed and decided to make one of Angela’s from Oh She Glows.
The pictures of the recipe I chose on her site looked more like macaroons, but the ones that came out of my oven looked like cookies and taste like brownies. I’m not sure why hers look incredibly different than mine, but mine are very tasty–fluffy on the inside, with a nice texture of coconut and chocolate chips.
The only thing I didn’t like about the ingredients, as far as making them a healthy cookie, is the amount of oil. The recipe makes about two dozen cookies and has healthy ingredients except for a large amount of oil, in my opinion. If I made this again, I would maybe attempt to use applesauce for all or part of the oil.
Approved by Jeffrey on taste.
Chocolate Brownie Bites
- 1 C old fashioned oats
- 1/2 C + 1/3 C whole wheat flour
- 1/3 C cocoa powder, sifted (I used Hershey’s unsweetened)
- 1/2 C brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 C Almond Milk
- 2 T maple syrup
- 1 T ground flax
- 1/3 C EVOO (this is also where I was confused on using olive oil for sweet baking and not Canola oil)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp Almond extract
- 1/4 C coconut shreds
- 1/4 C chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
- Preheat oven to 350*.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Sift together flour, cocoa, powders and salt.
- In a small bowl, whisk together syrup, ground flax, milk, oil, vanillas.
- Add wet to dry and stir well. This will be very wet, thick and very dark from the cocoa.
- Stir in the coconut and chocolate chips.
- Spoon onto baking sheets, I line mine with Silpats, and form into a round shape. It’s a bit messy.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Again, these brownie bites were very light and I consider it a low-guilt cookie (not no-guilt). There is no butter, white sugar, white flour or eggs. They are actually a vegan brownie, but labeling gives a stigma so let’s not do that.
And my sister requested pictures of the inside of brownies, cookies, and muffins, so here’s the inside.
Tune back tomorrow for a Picky Bars giveaway!