Sunday, January 13, 2008

Low-Cal Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, 'round about October, I decided it was time to be a bit *healthier* in my food choices, so I've been constantly on alert for viable substitutions for my favorite recipes. I found this one online from Zonya Foco, who has a PBS show about healthy living. **WARNING**, these cookies only marginally resemble the real thing, but since I've started giving that sort of thing up, they actually taste pretty acceptable on my palate. Side note: they are pretty fantastic right out of the freezer... =)....though, I'm also in the market to try those Deceptively Delicious chocolate chip cookies....MMMMMMM.

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

Wet Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 t vanilla
4 egg whites
(mix with a fork)

Dry Ingredients:
1 large package (5.1 oz) instant vanilla or chocolate pudding
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour*

*If you don't have ww pastry flour, use 1 cup regular ww flour and 1 cup white.

Combine wet and dry ingredients and then add 1 1/3 cups old-fashioned oats and 1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Let dough sit for 10 minutes for pudding to set up and give the dough some body.

You now have two options: (1) drop by tablespoonful onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes....this will make 48 1-tablespoon cookies; or (2) spread dough into a greased 9x13" pan and bake at 350 for 25 minutes (they'll firm up as they cool). Cut into 24 pieces.

Here's the skinny (ha!) on the calories:
2 cookies/1 bar have/has
135 calories
14% calories from fat
2 g fat
1 g saturated fat
2 g fiber
0 g cholesterol
165 mg sodium
3 g protien
28 g total carbohydrates
16 g sugars

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