Healthy Treat Recipes

I decided to play around with some dessert recipes to see if I could get a good product by making some substitutions. I tried a chocolate brownie and an oatmeal cookie. Sadly, the cookie didn’t really taste like a cookie but still had a great flavor. My 3-year old loved them and I decided they could be a nice breakfast cookie or snack for him. The brownie turned out a little better. If you like dark chocolate you would probably like this recipe because that is the over-riding flavor in these.  You could use milk chocolate if you prefer and it wouldn’t change the calorie count.  They aren’t super sweet but have a nice texture. If you try either of these, I would love to hear what you think!

Dark Chocolate Brownies
Makes 24 small brownies = 60 calories each
6 oz dark chocolate
1/2 cup hot water
4 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
Combine dark chocolate and hot water in microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute or until melted. Whisk in egg whites, vanilla and honey or syrup. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk dry ingredients into the wet and pour into greased (cooking spray) baking dish (I used a small casserole dish). Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
Makes 3 dozen cookies = 55 calories each
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
2 egg whites
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups oats
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
Cream honey or syrup with applesauce and egg whites. In a separate bowl combine remaining ingredients and add to wet ingredients. Let sit for 30 minutes to allow it to thicken. Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet (spray with cooking spray or line with parchment) and bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes. Will brown quickly because of the honey or syrup.
Using honey or maple syrup in these recipes allows you to get the same amount of sweetness but in half of the amount of regular cane sugar. It is also a natural sweetener and if you use dark honey or maple syrup, you will be getting additional antioxidants. The whole wheat flour and oats will give you long lasting energy from the fiber in addition to more vitamins and minerals, protein and antioxidants. Using just the egg whites will give you all the protein without the cholesterol, saturated fat and calories from the yolk. The applesauce takes the place of oil or butter in the cookies. The same amount of oil would equal a whopping 3,840 calories as opposed to 200 from the applesauce.
Emily Fonnesbeck RD,CD