Once upon a time, a healthy version of these cookies was only a dream. Growing up, my mom used to make these every year as part of her Christmas cookie stash. Rich chocolate cookies, with a hint of icing sugar on top. I was hesitant that a healthy version would come out comparable, but these came out unbelievable. Slightly crispy on the outside, but chewy on the inside. If you’re a chocolate crinkle fan, you will love this healthy alternative.
Healthy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Makes 26 cookies
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup cane sugar (coconut palm sugar should work too)
1/2 cup stevia for baking or 12-13 packets
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (or another healthy oil)
2 egg whites (or 1/4 cup carton egg whites)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup oat flour (you can make oat flour by grinding old fashioned or quick oats in your blender/food processor)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup icing sugar (but you’ll only actually use 1/4 cup)
* I don’t recommend subbing any of the ingredients than suggested in this recipe. If you replace the cane sugar with additional stevia, the cookie will have a completely different texture. I’ve tried many cookies with stevia-only and they don’t turn out very good. I find the combo of both produces the best result while still lowering the sugar content.
In a large bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, cane sugar, stevia and coconut oil with a wooden spoon, or electric mixer (paddle attachment) until blended. It will become a dark brown paste. Add in the 1 egg, stir until blended. Add in 2 egg whites & vanilla, and blend again. At the end, it will resemble a chocolate cake batter.
In a separate bowl, mix together the oat flour, baking powder and salt. Add this mixture to the chocolate batter, stirring until combined.
Transfer dough to a smaller bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough into balls, then roll in icing sugar. Place on non-stick cookie sheet, or one lined with parchment paper. Bake for 11 minutes, until cookies are cracked on top.
Cool and store in a plastic container.
Nutrition (per cookie) Calories: 55 Fat: 2.9g Carbs: 8g Fiber: 2g Sugars: 3g Sodium: 31mg Protein: 1.3g