Good for You - Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies
Eating healthy is about doing all the right things, but doesn’t that seem a bit drastic? Some of us have a lot of work to do. Now stepping into the unfamiliar can be fun, especially when you make over recipes that you are fond of. Let’s face it; no one wants to sacrifice too much. Being older means you have to step up to eating smarter lest you end up in intensive care one weekend. Do you know they won’t let you get your nails done in ICU? It’s worth trimming the sails a bit and walking on the right side of the road to keep your heart healthy and a pretty manicure on those fingers. I’ve got a good one for you today, and all I want you to do is try it.
I love cookies. I really don’t care what kind, but a couple of cookies and a nice cup of tea is a way of life, a simple pleasure. I’ve got to watch cholesterol in my diet and am always trying to find ways to cut my sugar and boost my antioxidants.
I love chocolate and don’t want to give it up, so I use cocoa powder to make a chocolate cookie base. Lots of flavor and very little sugar used. I add cranberries and walnuts to make the cookie interesting, and never seem to miss the chocolate chips. This combination hits the mark for me.
The thing that makes baked treats so yummy is butter. Who doesn’t love it? Well, it doesn’t always love you back. I can fix that. I have swapped out the butter with avocado. Yes, I know it seems odd, but the fat content is a healthy one and its consistency is perfect when “creaming” the sugar and avocado together.
I’ve made this recipe with great success, meaning my husband devoured them, unaware that they were good for him. He hates avocado, too. Give them a shot and let me know what you think.
- One small avocado
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup cranberries
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat your oven to 350.
- Cream together the sugar and avocado using either an electric, or stand, mixer.
- When smooth and the sugar is incorporated, add the egg and vanilla, mixing well.
- In another bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (cocoa, flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda). Add half of it to the wet ingredients and use the mixer to combine. Then when the mixture is totally incorporated, add the remaining dry ingredients and mix well.
- By hand, stir in the cranberries and walnuts. Take batter and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes until chilled and slightly firm.
- Drop onto a greased (I use cooking spray) cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Take a peek in your oven. They should be puffed and slightly soft to the touch.
By now your tea should be brewed. Take a few cookies, exhale, and find yourself a quiet place to sit. Just a little something from me to you.