You CAN have a healthy holiday season!

You CAN have a healthy holiday season: By Mark Wallace

Try this healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe for a much cleaner, happier holiday season:

“Lighter” Chocolate Chip Cookies


1/2 cup rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour, spooned and leveled
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
3 tablespoons agave nectar
1 large egg, room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped, or 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a food processor and pulse until the oats are finely ground. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar and agave nectar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth and glossy. Reduce mixer speed to the lowest setting and gradually add the flour mixture until just incorporated; stir in the chocolate.
  3. Drop level tablespoons of the dough onto silicone mat lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart (12 cookies per sheet). Transfer the sheets to the refrigerator and chill the cookies until solid, about 30 minutes. Bake until lightly golden around edges, about 12 to 14 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and let cool on the sheets for 1 minute; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Cook’s Note: These cookies like to spread. If you are bothered by them touching, bake on 3 pans.

    Nutritional analysis (based on 2 dozen, serving size 2 cookies)

    Calories 200; Total Fat 7g (Sat Fat 4g, Mono Fat 1g, Poly Fat 0g); Protein 3g; Carb 32g; Fiber 2g; Cholesterol 28mg; Sodium 56mg

Not only will you and your family enjoy these tasty treats but Ol’ Saint Nick shall be very pleased as well. But maybe throw in some almond milk for him just to make sure…

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