Lara Katz: Dreaming Up Delicious


Chocolate Chip Cookies - With Secret Healthy Ingredient!

A Moist Muffin-like Cookie that is Also Nutritious!

by: Lara Katz

My children love it when I bake so I figure I might as well try to make things that are at least somewhat nutritious. These cookies were a hit because they taste like muffins, but are in the shapes of cookies with chocolate chips in them, but have shredded zucchini, too. I love baking with zucchini because it makes things moist without adding extra fat and calories. Try these cookies, and when your kids ask what the green stuff is just causally say zucchini but you can't taste it because of ALL THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS (screaming voice)!


1/2 cup coconut oil or softened butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 zucchini, shredded
1 cup quick oats
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips (I prefer mini chocolate chips)


  Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  In a large mixing bowl or electric mixer combine coconut oil or butter with brown and white sugar. Mix until light and fluffy.

  Add in egg, vanilla and zucchini.

  In a separate bowl mix oats, whole wheat flour, baking soda, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt together.

  Slowly add dry ingredients to coconut oil (or butter if using) and sugar mixture. 

  Add in chocolate chips.

  Scoop out 1 tablespoon size balls of dough. Flatten lightly with two fingers. Space cookies two inches apart.

  Bake 12 minutes or until outside of cookie is lightly browned. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for five minutes before moving cookies to a cooling rack.

Makes 24-30 cookies

Adapted from Cooking Classy

Looking for other healthy snacks? Try Carrot and Zucchini Mini Muffins, Banana Chocolate Chip Cake, and Blueberry Bran Muffins