Thursday, February 6, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Makeover

Tuesday: 4 miles (easy) & Foam Rolling
Wednesday: Foam Rolling & Morning Yoga Session

I mentioned earlier that I am trying to limit sugar as much as possible in my diet. I came across this amazing recipe from the Nutrition Nut On The Run blog, they're chocolate chip cookies with coconut! I have been interested in playing with a variety of healthier flour options for baking and this recipe called for almond meal. Perfect excuse to give it a try! The recipe is simple and has very few ingredients--AWESOME. However, I did notice a few items that I wasn't so excited about. As an attempt to be consciously aware of sugar intake (and to be health conscious in general), I decided to give this recipe a little face lift!

So the original recipe called for a few items that I just really didn't want to put in my system:
*Brown Sugar
*Chocolate Chips
 I figured that I could substitute these items without sacrificing flavor or the finished product. Here is the new version of this recipe:

Terrible photo quality--sorry, I am no photographer.  :) 

YUM! So good! I was impressed by how great they still tasted without sugar or unhealthy fats. The maple syrup and coconut add just the right amount of sweetness and the chocolate pieces give it a rich depth. I loved the almond meal addition because there is a mild almond flavor to the finish. The only thing that I really noticed was that the cookies were a little fluffier (like muffins--typical of using applesauce). I am also interested to know how honey would taste in these (as a brown sugar substitute). Definitely worth trying next time! 

These cookies can satisfy my sugar cravings without giving in to sugar itself. I curled up on the couch with these healthily altered cookies and my PJs. It made for a wonderful night in! 
By switching these unhealthy fats and sugars with healthier options, you can still satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing flavor! Give it a try this week. While cooking or baking, try substituting a few ingredients. Without guilt, I know that I am fueling my body properly. 

Happy baking!


  1. These look good!! I love giving recipes a face lift!! If I see a recipe I like, but I don't like the ingredients i find other healthier ingredients to sub. These look tasty!! and I love how maple syrup is a great alternative sweetener. You should try coconut sugar too as a sweetener, it's basically ground up coconut so it's great if you are avoiding sugar.

  2. I have been meaning to try coconut sugar Bryanna! I'll have to give it a try! Thanks for the comment.

  3. Yummy!! Looks so good I just pinned it!