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Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread Cookies

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

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Servings 5 dozen (60 cookies)

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

When made to the yield designated in this recipe, each cookie = 2 Weight Watchers Plus Points

Nutrition

Serving: 1g
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2 Comments

  1. These cookies are so good and you can cover two (maybe more) food groups with each one you eat…..Yummilicious!

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