Monday, March 8, 2010

healthy baking update: my new favorite healthy cookie

As you know I've been interested lately in finding yummy but super-healthy recipes for baked goods. It's not easy! I've made these cookies once before (they are sweetened only with mashed banana!), but this time I made one small change because of my current no-sugar kick. Instead of dark chocolate or chips, I decided to try unsweetened carob chips. They are surprisingly delicious! I've been off sugar for two and a half weeks now, so these tasted plenty sweet to me. They were actually a real treat after having NO baked goods or cookies for awhile. Find the recipe here (and a much prettier photo) and sub unsweetend carob chips for the chocolate.

Also, a note about ingredients: these cookies are expensive to make, with the carob, the coconut oil, and the unsweetened coconut (look for the kind that is very finely ground for baking). Nonetheless, I think you still come out ahead when you compare them with the baked goods at the health food store.

11 comments:

VivaciousVegan said...

Hello salt and chocolate!
I am vivacious vegan, and I have a blog too. I jsut looked over your blog and it is precious! I noticed you are getting into healthy food and I wanted to let you know I have an entire blog dedicated to veganism. I also saw you have Clean Food, I also have that book, and I love it, but I am not thrilled with all the sea vegetables in it. I cannot buy them around here, I live in a small midwestern town, but I just leave them out. Anyway, if you would like to, you can pop over and I can help you figure out some ingredients you may not know...
I hope we will become bloggie friends!!
Hugs, Brandi

Jessica said...

I am always looking for cookies that aren't filled with butter and lots of sugar. I really will try those cookies since I have some bananas just hanging out waiting to be made into bread or something!

Oh, How Happy We Are said...

Yum. Consider checking out the Babycakes cookbook. The author owns a bakery in NYC and recently opened one in LA. Delicious healty baked goods.

Once Upon A Parent said...

Mary Beth I am really looking forward to trying these. I love baking with my boys and I LOVE cookies. Thanks for posting all the great recipes.

Kelly and Kelly said...

these sound delicious, thanks!

Kelli said...

any post that says healthy and cookies you know I am coming to visit. hehe. I am going to make these after my diet ends in april. thanks

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Shaye said...

Hi,
These look fabulous! I can't wait to try them. Do you make the almond meal in your food processor?

Mary Beth said...

Shaye--I buy my almond meal from Trader Joe's (pre-ground).

Miss. Tarrah Dame said...

Interesting! I'm always trying to find ways to make healthier cookies, it is very difficult. I have found a couple winners, but theres always room for more.
http://cuppycakebakes.blogspot.com

Regina said...

I've been trying to do the same thing, sorta(no processed sugar). I've been using brown rice syrup in my baking with pretty good results. I am definitely going to try these. I made some similar cookies, Banana-maple oatmeal, from the Fatfree Vegan Kitchen website. They were good too, but I still want to try these. Thanks for sharing the recipe.