I was given the challenge this week of creating an awesome cookie recipe that kids would love… which wasn’t really that much of a challenge. But, I decided to push the challenge even further and create a healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe that kids and parents would equally love!
These cookies are gluten-free, processed sugar-free, and can be made butter-free. They work for a paleo diet, as well, if you’re trying out the Whole 30 system. If you’re looking for a vegan option, our Tofu Chocolate Chip Cookies are a delicious option.
For me, the best part about these cookies is that the kids actually love them and want to eat them, and I know that they are getting a big boost of nutrition rather than a mouth full of sugar! (Not that sugar doesn’t happen at our house…)
These healthy chocolate chip cookies are crumbly, buttery, and rich with just a hint of sweetness. They are very soft due to being gluten-free so they would be better suited for an after school snack than as a lunch box addition.
- Brown the butter in a small saucepan, waiting until there are small brown solids in the melted butter -- these are amazing for flavour!
- Add in the tahini and stir until smooth.
- Allow to cool a bit before adding in remaining ingredients (I just mix it all in the pan -- it saves on dishes!)
- Refrigerate the cookies for at least an hour before adding the chocolate chips.
- Preheat the oven to 350F, and start scooping or rolling out balls of cookie dough
- Place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes until pale brown and small cracks appear on the surface of the cookies.
Tahini is a ground sesame seed paste that is often used to make hummus. It has a slight nutty flavour, has loads of vitamins and minerals, is a healthy unsaturated fat, and is a higher source of protein than nuts.
Almond flour can be substituted with regular flour in this recipe, but the almond flour lends the cookie a bit of crunch and compliments the nuttiness of the tahini, without being overpowering. (It also makes these cookies gluten-free!)
Coconut sugar is not as great as maple syrup or honey for nutrition, but it does have some trace nutrients, as well as a low glycemic index, and is a better choice for health than white granulated sugar — but white sugar can be used if that’s what you have on hand.
And, of course, butter. I’m a huge butter advocate and I think it’s one of the healthiest fats that you can incorporate into your diet. A good butter will have loads of vitamins and minerals, as well as help better absorb nutrients from other healthy foods because healthy fat helps digest whole nutrients, like green vegetables.
I used dark chocolate chips because that’s what we prefer, but use whichever good quality chocolate tastes best to you, or feel free to substitute with raisins or nuts.
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