Saturday, February 2, 2013

Super Skinny Double Chocolate Oat Cookies (gluten free)


Chocolate for breakfast? Why yes! Naturally sweet - check! Packed with fiber and protein - check! Wheat free - check! 

Lately I've been seeing some delicious looking healthy chocolate muffins over on Pinterest. And they have left me with a major chocolate craving. So I decided to try creating a healthy super chocolaty cookie over the weekend. These get their moistness from Greek yogurt and applesauce instead of fat, and their sweetness from stevia, a tiny bit of agave (because I don't care for things too stevia-y) instead of sugar. When I started writing this post I called these "breakfast cookies" but I scratched that idea because here I sit typing at 10 PM enjoying one. 

 You know when you just have to have something warm and gooey and chocolatey? But also would like to fit into your pants the next day? Well these are the solution. 



The girls were pretty excited about having chocolate cookies for breakfast and loved dunking them in milk. Let's just keep the healthy part to ourselves, okay? 




Healthy Double Chocolate Oat Cookies 
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Makes 12 cookies

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
8 stevia packets or about 2 1/2 teaspoons (I used Trader Joe's brand)
1/2 cup applesauce or pureed banana (the applesauce in not noticeable, the banana is)
1/3 cup 2% Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon agave
3 tablespoons chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.

Pulse oats, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and stevia in a food processor or blender until oats are blended to your desired fineness.  You can leave them almost whole, or blend them until finely ground. Add applesauce, yogurt, vanilla and agave and pulse again until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop dough by the tablespoonful onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Cool slightly. Cookies are best when they are still a little warm and chips are melty.

21 comments:

  1. How brilliant and they look really yummy too! Pinterest is a danger zone for chocolate cravings.

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  2. Super skinny and double chocolate in the same sentence? Yes please! :) Too fun to dunk these in milk!

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  3. Oh my goodness...wow! I could live on these!

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  4. Oh boy, I want to try these...maybe they will help me to NOT fit into my pants, but to fit into smaller pants~haha!

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  5. These sound amazing,, Chocolate for breakfast..... :)

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  6. These look amazing! I may try them today!

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  7. Oh you had me with chocolate and gluten-free, then to have it be healthy too! You are amazing, and I can't wait to try the recipe! I mentioned you in my proper blogging etiquette post today as one of the great proper bloggers out there. Feel free to share the article if you wish. http://whatsfordinner-momwhatsfordinner.blogspot.com/2013/02/blogging-etiquette-and-how-to-market.html

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  8. Ohmigosh, just pinned these and I CANNOT wait to make them! Chocolate for breakfast all the way!

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  9. Now, you're making me craving for some chocolate! These are so perfect for breakfast, or anytime snacks. I can't wait to try them out.

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  10. Awesome!! As soon as I have the baby I always do some super clean eating so these would be perfect:)

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  11. You have got to be kidding me. But I hope you're not.

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  12. I'd be pretty excited about chocolate for breakfast as well!

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  13. These sound delicious. I love the idea of a healthy chocolate muffin for breakfast. Your secret is safe with me since Mr. B will turn up his nose if he thinks these are healthy! :-)
    Karen

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  14. made these yesterday and they are super fab. added 1 tsp espresso powder and 1/4 tsp chipotle powder for a lil' kick. they taste like a super dense brownie. a chef friend said if i hadn't told her that it had no eggs, no flour and no refined sugar she wouldn't have guessed. mine came out to 70-75 cals each using stevia "cup for cup"...and i used Guittard chocolate discs. the finished cookie looks a little on the dull side, but i'll find a way to fix that when i make them AGAIN and AGAIN...

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    1. LOVE it! Your tweaks sound amazing! Espresso is fabulous with chocolate.

      I agree... not the prettiest cookie :) Perhaps some nuts on top?

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  15. I tried to comment on this before but my phone won't let me comment, oh well! I was saying that these look so yummy!! But I'm gluten intolerant and must say that unfortunately oats have a very high gluten content, they aren't gluten free. They're really good for you though! Maybe putting gluten-free rolled oats would make a good substitute :)

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    1. Hi Morgan, thanks! The good news is that pure oats are in fact gluten free. The bad news is that they are often contaminated from being processed in facilities that also process wheat. Gluten-free oats should not be hard to find :)

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  16. Anonymous1:46 AM

    Is 1 tsp stevia the same as 1 tbsp white sugar? Could I use normal sugar?

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    1. Hi there, I didn't try this with normal sugar so I can't say for certain how much to use, but it should be about 1/3 cup of regular sugar.

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  17. Anonymous5:24 AM

    Hi, I followed this recipe to a T and it came out rather dry?

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    1. hmmm... mine weren't dry, if I remember correctly. But please keep in mind that these are very healthy cookies - no butter or refined sugar. They're not meant to be like a super rich decadent cookie. They're meant to be a healthy alternative that can be eaten for breakfast or healthy snack or dessert.

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