There are a lot of things I love about this recipe I’m sharing with you today, but what I love the most is that it has been made skinny, and it absolutely still tastes like you’re cheating with big-time calories. The recipe is for Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. They utilize whole wheat flour, and they’ve been made lighter with the substitution of unsweetened applesauce for a good portion of the butter. This lightened-up dessert recipe comes from the newly published cookbook, Eat Skinny, Be Skinny by Claire Gallam. It features 100 wholesome and delicious recipes under 300 calories.
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- dash of salt
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup white sugar
- 8 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1¼ cups dark chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- melted chocolate, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the sugars, applesauce, butter, egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Beat until creamy.
Add the flour mixture to the large bowl, and beat to combine. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts (if using). Spread the mixture into the dish and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Serves About 18.
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Excerpted with permission from Eat Skinny Be Skinny: 100 Wholesome and Delicious Recipes by Claire Gallam. Copyright 2014, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.