These cookies are, in short, the bomb.
When I began this blog, I’d never thought cookies could be healthy. Or, at the very least, guilt-free. I was used to the classic 150 and above calorie cookie, made with butter, sugar, and plenty of white flour. Three ingredients with next to no nutritional value. And sure, they tasted good, but I’d always wondered why something couldn’t taste good and be good for you.
And honestly, for the first few months of this blog, I kinda hit a brick wall. I didn’t have a ton of ideas, and those I did have seemed too guilt-inducing to be made the slightest bit heathy. (ie. chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, well… pretty much every dessert out there!) But over winter break that year, I finally decided to at least give a few healthy recipes a go. And while I had no idea whatsoever if they’d taste like cardboard (most of the healthy versions of food I’d had at this point all were pretty tasteless), I wanted to at least try.
So I starting baking. And when I say baking, I mean baking up a storm. I was constantly in the kitchen experimenting and coming up with new ideas, trying to create healthier versions of my favorite foods that actually taste good. And finally, after a few weeks, I discovered the key to delicious, healthy desserts.
The truth is, no matter how much you want to cut the calories of a dessert, you can’t replace all the oil with applesauce or all the flour with whole wheat and expect it to taste just like the guilt-free version. In fact, you sometimes even have to succumb to including extremely guilt-inducing ingredients (ie. chocolate chips!!). But what I’ve discovered is that if you replace the butter, sugar, and white flour with healthier alternatives, such as oat flour or even honey, you can still afford to include the chocolate chips.
And therefore, your cookies will not taste like cardboard.
In fact, they might just taste like a dream come true.
Take these Butterscotch Brown Sugar Cookies. No, they don’t actually contain any brown sugar. But they do contain molasses, which is basically what makes brown sugar “brown”. Little known fact here: blackstrap molasses actually has a variety of healthy benefits, such as its high content of iron, calcium, and magnesium. Plus, it doesn’t have a high glycemic index, so it can help avoid blood sugar spikes. Not to mention, when added to a batch of cookies it makes them so delicious they’re pretty much irresistible.
These babies also include butterscotch chips. (Ohhhh yeah!) And I actually substituted 1/4 c of these chips with white chocolate chips, which I had leftover from these Black and White Brownies. Aka. BEST THING EVER.
Plus, unlike most cookie recipes, these can be made in one bowl. Which means less clean up. And no one even licks the dry-ingredients bowl anyways, so trust me, you’re not missing out.
Did I mention they’re practically heavenly??? These cookies got HUGE in the oven, so they’re not super dense and won’t leave you feeling stuffed or guilty. Meaning you can eat more and not feel bad at all!
And let’s not forget they’re practically bursting with butterscotch chips.
Butterscotch, brown sugar, and cookies? Best combo ever!
Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cookies
- 1 c old fashioned oats
- 3/4 c spelt flour
- 1/2 c whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tbs chia seeds
- 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 c melted coconut oil
- 3/4 c stevia
- 3 tbs molasses
- 1 c butterscotch chips (or 3/4 c butterscotch chips and 1/4 c white chocolate chips)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Process 1 c oats and chia seeds in a blender or food processor. Combine with baking soda & spelt flour in a large bowl. Add coconut oil and applesauce and mix until doughy. Stir in molasses, egg, and vanilla extract. Add stevia, mixing slowly until combined. Stir in flour mixture until just combined and fold in chocolate chips. Lightly grease two cookie sheets and arrange tablespoons of the mixture 1 inch apart, so they have room to expand. Bake in the oven for 7-9 minutes. Remove and press down lightly on the tops of the cookies until they’re slightly flatter. Let cool and enjoy!
Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 28 cookies)