Skinny Chocolate Drop Cookies

by Marla on February 26, 2010 · 31 comments

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I am not sure what inspired me to come up with this cookie recipe. Perhaps it is my love for chocolate. I also have a thing for Ezekiel bread. Combining the two was a small experiment in health, flavor and a very quick, simple to prepare cookie. The results are a cakey, rich fabulous treat. Perfect for any time of day.

You know me, always on the quest to get a good sweet fix without thickening, softening and smearing my waistline. I love my treats and I want to be able to eat them daily. These cookies satisfy in the same way that a really decadent baked good would. The only difference is I can go workout after and not feel like I have to “work it off.”

I don’t like having a cloud of guilt hanging over my head over what I eat. There are so many other more important things to think about each day.

I concepted the recipe for these cookies while doing the daily drive to drop my kids off at school. They were bopping their little heads to music in the back of the car and I of course was thinking about food. Again. I wanted to wow all of us with a concept so different, but at the same time with recognizable textures and flavors. I think I accomplished that here. My husband was taken, so were my kids. No one could figure out my secret ingredient.

Yup, shout that one from your roof top. I call these cookies “high energy” and “skinny” ’cause they won’t leave their mark on your body {as long as they are eaten mindfully and responsibly.}  As a matter of fact they are filled with good for you ingredients.  Not too mention they are easy to bake because you don’t have to deal with measuring flour. The bread is your dough.

They are perfect to pack in your kids lunchbox and not feel all icky about it. The teacher might think…”Oh that mom packs cookies in her kids lunchbox?” And you can feel like super mom ’cause you know your kid is munching on vitamin and mineral packed whole grain goodness, filled with energy and love.

These cookies aren’t packaged, over processed and expensive. What these cookies are is fresher, filled with flavor and much higher quality than your average store bought cookie. Really.

Fresh Benefits

We have talked about the health benefits of Sprouted Grains before.  They come up pretty often around here.  They are an excellent high energy source of whole grain complex carbs. Filled with vitamins and minerals and a good source of protein.  To read more about the health benefits of Sprouted Grains click here.  Look at the “Fresh Benefits” section.

What is your favorite chocolate cookie recipe?

Skinny Chocolate Drop Cookies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 18 cookies

Skinny Chocolate Drop Cookies

Ingredients

  • 10 pieces Sprouted Grain Bread~I used Ezekiel brand (ground in food processor to make fine bread crumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons melted Butter or Ghee
  • 3-4 heaping tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 cups (16 oz) Egg Whites
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • a few droppers full of (2-4) Vanilla Stevia Drops, start with 2 and adjust to taste
  • 1/2 tsp fine Sea Salt
  • sprinkle of Cinnamon, Ginger or Cardamom if you wish
  • Optional Add In's
  • a few handfuls of chopped, toasted Nuts
  • toasted unsweetened Coconut Flake
  • Some dried Cherries/Cranberries/Blueberries
  • Chocolate Chips

Method

  • Pre Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment or Silpat. In a large bowl combine bread crumbs with all ingredients. Mix together well and taste to sweeten to your liking. Take a spoonful of batter and drop it onto baking sheet placing each cookie about 1 inch apart.. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes....until edges are a bit crispy & bottoms are lightly browned. Let cookies cool on racks.
  • Notes
  • Store your drop cookies in a sealed container in the fridge. Warm 'em in the toaster to dry them out and get texture back.
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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ashlei February 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Using Ezekiel bread as flour…geniussssss!

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2 Jessica @ How Sweet February 26, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Those look and sound so good! They don’t even look super healthy – and they are!

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3 Rosa February 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm

They look really good! Wonderful!

Cheers,

Rosa

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4 Noelle February 26, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Wow, I am impressed. Ezekiel bread as flour is makes sense. HEALTHY cookies, who can ask for anything more?

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5 Jessica@Healthy Exposures February 26, 2010 at 6:53 pm

You are too clever!! What an awesome idea – and beautiful photos and graphic design, like always :)

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6 Cara February 26, 2010 at 7:43 pm

How ironic – I made the sugar-ful (but still very lowfat) version of these tonight because I needed a chocolate fix (powdered sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, salt, egg white, and vanilla extract.) Not something I do all the time but still I would consider it a fairly low-guilt snack… but you’ve certainly outdone me! I definitely want to experiment with Ezekiel bread and stevia in my baking now.

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7 FoodFitnessFreshair February 27, 2010 at 7:30 am

Great idea. The Ezekiel bread ingredient surprised me as well! I’ve never thought to replace flour with something like this. Interesting idea, can’t wait to try them!

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8 LilSis February 27, 2010 at 9:26 am

How clever! You don’t usually see the word skinny in a cookie recipe! I love it! I’ll have to try these.

Oh, I tried sending you a message through your contact form but I received an error message. Just wanted to say thanks for asking about my son. I can’t speak to him for the entire 8 weeks that he’s in Basic Training, but in a couple more weeks we can correspond by mail.

Have a great weekend!

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9 angie aimers February 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm

wonderful guilt free love it!

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10 Jennifer February 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Skinny and chocolate in the same sentence? Wonderful! Im loving the sprouted flour in these cookies! they sound fabulous!

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11 sophia February 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm

These are definitely not a candidate of Sweet Treat Wednesdays…but that’s why they’re perfect DAILY indulgences! Bring them on, yum yum~! :D

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12 peachkins February 27, 2010 at 9:33 pm

your photos are stunning!

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13 grace February 28, 2010 at 5:33 am

what a unique batch of cookies! i’ve never even considered using crumbs as a base, but it’s a fabulous idea. now i’m craving both an espresso and a couple chocolate cookies. :)

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14 Jess February 28, 2010 at 7:39 am

I almost licked my screen when I was reading this post…eeek. Maybe that is a sign that I must make these! My 4 year old and I bake every Sunday – I think I know what we will be making today : )

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15 Faith February 28, 2010 at 7:54 am

Using Ezekiel in a decadent, healthy, sweet treet is brilliant, Marla! I especially love the walnuts in there…great for a little crunch and flavor. I’m imagining how fantastic they would be with a cup of coffee…I think I need to pick up a loaf of Ezekiel!

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16 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 28, 2010 at 9:37 am

Hi Marla
My reader and inbox is busting loose….600+ entries for my contest in the past 24 hrs, sorry i am slow to get over here :)
Anyhooo reading food blogs/not renewing your foodie mags..girl. Totally! Not to mention, i havent even renewed most of my other mags from W to Mothering to you name it, i have so little time anymore to read with books/mags b/c of blogs. Mostly that’s a good thing but yeah save your money :)

The cookies…look great! Great healthy recipe!

Thanks for the contest linky love and enjoy your week this week & soon here, we can connect IRL!!!!

xoxo

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17 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather February 28, 2010 at 11:06 am

Marla you are so clever! I love that you used sprouted whole grain bread in these. I can’t wait to try them out, so simple yet so good for you!

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18 Nicole February 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm

YUM! Those look wonderful! I should’ve stopped over here earlier — I was looking for a healthy cookie recipe and I have all the ingredients!! Soon! “:)

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19 Blaine from Silicone Bakeware said… March 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I have to try this recipe. Just purchased a Silpat at a fantastic price so I will try this out this weekend.

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20 Sonja {Active Foodie} March 8, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I knew I would love these as soon as I read “skinny” and “cookie” – sounds just like my kind of a dessert! I love that you ground sprouted bread as a base, such a great idea!! I am adding this to our dessert repertoire!! (In addition to our vegan chocolate chip cookies and vegan chocolate cake) :) We love our dessert!! It was so nice finally meeting you this weekend too!!!

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21 Joanne March 14, 2010 at 8:54 pm

These look awesome! If I had just looked at them, I would never have known that they were healthy.

I love your description of how they fit your personality at the end. Very cute :D

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22 Esi May 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Cool idea to use the bread instead of flour. Nice job.

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23 Sara May 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Love them cookies!!! Whats not to love…Skinny & Cookies!!!! :)

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24 Katrina June 12, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I am certainly intrigued by these cookies and will for sure try them sometime!

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25 Mimi January 12, 2011 at 8:07 pm

About how much would you estimate the bread crumbs measure out to be?

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26 Grace August 9, 2011 at 7:39 pm

How do I place an order? – I would like a few dozen please! Your pics are amazing Marla, so enticing, I can definitely imagine the flavour, rich nutty chocolate – my absolute favourite pairing.

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27 Diane January 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Question: Did you dry the bread before processing or use it fresh?
Comment: Two tablespoons of stevia seems like a huge amount to me.
Tip: I process Ezekiel cereal and use it to bread fish dipped in a beaten egg-bake and eat-wonderful.

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28 Marla January 3, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Hi Diane. I am soooo happy you brought this recipe to my attention. Been a while since I have updated it & it needed some tweaks. I used to use a different stevia powder than I do now – the one originally in the recipe had more fillers so the quantities were larger. These days I use my NuNaturals drops (or their no-carb powder) and adjust my batters to taste. Usually 3-4 full dropper fills will go into a recipe like this. If you are using drops or powder – please add some and then taste your batter. Simple taste adjustments should work. All depends on the brand you use…which do you use?
I do not toast the bread first for this recipe. Though that might enhance the flavor.
LOVE the idea of the Ezekiel fish. Must try that asap! Thanks for sharing.

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