I know what you’re thinking… Healthy Cookies. She’s such an oxymoron. You’re probably thinking, if they’re truly healthy, they won’t taste good. But if they taste good, then they can’t be healthy.
I will admit, I had my fair share of skepticism. The only way you’ll believe me is to make them yourselves. The second you bite into this fluffy, soft, chewy, chocolatey brownie cookie your mind will be changed. Especially when I tell you that this cookie has no butter and only a 1/4 cup of sugar…
When I was delivering cookies to my family, I remembered that my cousin has been working really hard on watching what she eats, so I knew it would be mean of me to bring cookies loaded up with butter and tons of sugar! I did some research on some healthy cookie recipes and stumbled upon one similar to this! I tweaked it, adding my own spin and final touches and voila! The Healthy-ish Chocolate Brownie Cookie was born!
Back to the recipe… This cookie is made without butter, which is pretty shocking when it comes to cookie recipes. Butter definitely adds to the flavor of cookies, pastries, and other cakes; however, there’s also a scientific reason we use butter in our baking. Butter typically affects the texture of the baked good it’s added into, typically why a recipe will specify the temperature of the butter. For example, in pie crusts, butter is typically really cold, which means it won’t get fully incorporated into the flour, which gives you the layers of a beautifully flaky crust! In order to take the butter out of a recipe, you have to make sure you replace it with something that will add the same level of moisture and consistency to ensure the dough fully holds together!
Most butter replacements could be oil, avocado, or yogurt! For this recipe, I used unsweetened applesauce! Applesauce provides the same level of moisture as butter would, but without the fat that butter has! Especially if you use unsweetened applesauce, which takes out even more of the calories!
But now that the sciencey part is out the way, I can tell you in far simpler terms that they are simply delicious! If I didn’t make these, I would have completely forgotten that they’re technically considered healthy!
1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 of chocolate-hazelnut spread
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
2/3 cup of white flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons of chocolate chips, mini would be better
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a bowl, add the applesauce, sugar, and egg. Mix for about 1-2 minutes, until the mixture is fully combined. The applesauce might have some bumps in it, but that’ll get mixed out with the other ingredients! Add in the hazelnut spread, and stir to combine. Begin to add in the dry ingredients. After all the dry ingredients have been added, add the extracts. The almond extract is crucial to this recipe because it helps enhance the nuttiness of the chocolate-hazelnut spread! Stir in the sprinkle of chocolate chips!
Using a small cookie scoop, place little dollops onto a pre-lined baking sheet. The batter will be slightly thin but don’t worry, it’ll all work out in the end! They do rise in the oven so leave about 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches in between cookies!
Bake for about 10-12 minutes! Cool on a cooling rack and enjoy!
I love these cookies so much! They are so delicious, with their chewy nuttiness! Plus, you don’t have to feel bad about eating 2 or 3 or all of them because they’re healthy-ish!