I’ll be the first to say that a cookie is a cookie; if your looking for the nutritional profile of a bowl of cabbage soup, then by all means don’t make a cookie.
I mean c’mon, a cookie is a sweet.
It’s a treat.
It’s an indulgence.
So no matter what you do or say, when it comes to cookies, there is no way around a bit of sugar,
a bit of fat, and a few extra calories.
So what happens when you are trying to shed a few pounds AND you get a
craving for a chocolate sweet treat?
You do every thing in your power to create a chocolate cookie with a mild caloric punch (Well, at least that’s what I did).
With all the rain we were having last week, I couldn’t escape a “bake session”… I figured it could be a dry run for Valentine’s Day (hey, any excuse to pull out the cookie trays!) The only catch is that I would really like to lose a few extra pounds that have been hanging around from the holidays/post baby; needless to say, baking sweet treats in the kitchen is not the best game plan to accomplish these goals (agreed?). With all that being said, I know first hand that goal or no goal, life marches on. So how can I enjoy the whims of life (ie. baking on a rainy day – fulfills and nourishes me on so many levels) while moving towards my personal health/fitness goals (ie. lose a few extra pounds – fulfills and nourishes on so many different levels)????
Create a chocolate sweet treat that is LOWER in calories. This way I can still bake and still enjoy a d’lishes treat without working against my own best interest.
But I warn you… these are just as they read. A lower-cal cookie. Not super rich. Not super moist. Not super sweet.
They are simple, chocolatey and dry. I would almost compare them to a flourless chocolate cake. The batter is gooey and messy and hard to work with, but well worth the effort. I suspect a few tablespoons of butter or oil would bring a whole other layer of richness to these cookies, but since I was aiming for low-cal, I had to cut a few corners.
Ultimately, my goal was this:
Eat chocolate cookies but don’t eat too many.
Do you have a low-cal sweet treat that you love?? If so, let’s hear about them…. we’re waiting.
Chocolate Walnut Cookies
Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
- 6 oz dark chocolate, chopped up
- 1 egg and 2 egg whites
- 1/3 cup sucanat
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp white whole wheat flour
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup walnut pieces
Preheat oven to 350.
Line two cookie sheets with a silpat mat, or spray each with a little cooking spray.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
Place chocolate into a glass bow and pop in the microwave for thirty seconds. Give it a stir, then pop back in for another thirty seconds or until chocolate is just melted. All microwaves are different, so be sure not to let the chocolate scorch.
Using a hand mixer, combine egg, egg whites, sucanat, and vanilla until everything is well incorporated. Once the chocolate has cooled, stir it into the egg and sugar mixture.
Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients along with the walnuts and then stir until everything is just incorporated.
Drop 1 tbsp spoonfuls of batter onto prepared baking sheets and cook for 8-10 minutes.
Makes 24 cookies.
Nutrients per cookie: Calories: 72; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 1.5g; Cholesterol: 8mg; Sodium: 48mg; Carbohydrate: 6.7g; Dietary Fiber: 0.6g; Sugars: 5.6g; Protein: 1.5g