When I started Weight Watchers almost 2 weeks ago, I was really hopeful that I wouldn’t have to give up my love for all things chocolate. Turns out, the program gives me a lot of flexibility to eat what I want…within reasonable guidelines.
So I was Ms. Happy Pants when I stumbled across Emile’s recipe for these awesome banana cookies. The first thing I wanted to do was find reasons to justify eating a pan full of them for breakfast.
Well lookie what we have here… heart healthy oats, protein packed eggs, and brain food bananas in them. HELLO!! HEALTHY BREAKFAST!! Okay, okay….maybe I shouldn’t have been QUITE so enthusiastic. After all, they do have sugar and chocolate in them… I’ll use less enthusiasm….hello healthy breakfast!
Being the educated baker that I am, I also knew that I could find ways to tweak the recipe and make it a bit healthier. For example, substituting applesauce for some of the butter would lower the fat content and bring a nice complimentary flavor to the cookie without drying it out. I could also easily cut back on the 2 cups of chocolate chips that were called for in the original recipe, and omitting the nuts would save LOADS of calories and fat. So with a tweak tweak here and a tweak tweak there, I developed a recipe that is high on the heart healthy scale, moist, delicious, and get this fellow Weight Watchers members… there are only 2 Weight Watchers Plus points per cookie! If that’s not a good enough reason to eat cookies for breakfast, I don’t know what is!
Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread Cookies
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter softened
- 1/2 cup (4 oz.) unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2-3)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups quick or old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1.5 cups bittersweet chocolate chunks
- Heat oven to 375° degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a large bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add brown sugar and then beat additional 2 minutes. Beat in banana, applesauce, eggs and vanilla, just until combined.
- Stir in flour mixture.
- Stir in oats and chocolate chunks.
- Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for one minute before moving to wire rack to cool completely.