Thursday, November 4, 2010

Skinny peanut butter chocolate chips cookies

This is the one people always want the recipe to :O)

I have to warn you though, a skinny cookie isn't necessarily the lowest in calories, just much better than the alternative. It's still definitely dessert, but I'll show you the comparison to the normal recipe at the end

*1/2 cup mashed banana
*1/2 cup peanut butter
*1/2 cup splenda (or for an extra 15ish calories per cookie you can do half splenda, half sugar)
*1/4 cup packed splenda brown sugar blend ( you can buy this at the store)
*1/2 tsp baking soda
*1/2 tsp baking powder
*2 egg whites
*1 tsp vanilla
*3/4 cup whole wheat flour
*1/2 cup lame-o white flour (you can use all whole wheat, it just gets pretty dense)
*3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, beat the banana and peanut butter. Add the splenda, brown sugar, baking soda and baking powder. Mix until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in the remaining flour. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate for approx 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Use a fork to flatten if you prefer (I usually just leave them and they come out as super cute little balls--when you use splenda they don't really flatten on their own). Now here's the thing, the recipe I adapted says to cook them for 7-9 min. I usually cook them for about 5. I take them out just as they are barely set and the bottoms are just starting to crisp, then I let them sit and finish cooking themselves and they come out yummy and gooey the way I like them, but some people (weirdos) prefer a crisper cookie and if so you can cook it longer.

1 cookie: 98 calories, 5 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 4.5 g sugar, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein

compare at

1 cookie: 165 calories, 9.5 g fat, 4.5 g sat fat, 12 g sugar

Yummm! Enjoy :O)

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