World's Most Healthful Cookie?
July 19, 2010 9:20 AM Subscribe
I love chocolate chip cookies and refuse to give them up, or even to eat just a few. So I've been trying to create the most healthful cookies possible, using science-approved ingredients and methods. Can you help me assess the result?
posted by fivesavagepalms to health & fitness (24 answers total) 40 users marked this as a favorite
Here's what I've come up with: Oat flour and whole wheat flour, baking powder, coarse kosher salt, Olivio (the olive oil-based yellow spread), some brown sugar (much less than you'd expect), skim milk and one egg. Plus a bunch of Ghirardelli 60% cacao dark chocolate chips and a bunch of walnuts. Sometimes I add a bit of fresh-ground nutmeg or cinnamon, or some SBUX decaf (fresh grounds) for extra flavor. Just about all these things are science-approved, right? Oats, whole wheat, skim milk, dark chocolate, walnuts, etc. True, the Olivio contains fat (but no trans fat, no cholesterol, and a relatively tiny amount of saturated fat) and the sugar is empty calories. Having hypertension, I minimize salt, but use some here. I like cookies crisp, so I bake them till they're a bit dark around the edges. Man, they're good! With skim milk on the side.
Is this as good as I can make them, healthwise?
What is the net effect of eating these things: Neutral, positively heathful, a little bit unhealthful, or really bad for you like any other cookie and you're kidding yourself?
Do you have any better ideas?
I'm interested in truly science-sanctioned information, not new-age wishful thinking, but I'll take what I can get.
Thanks very much for your help and ideas.