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So, my New Year started off with staying up until 1 am. That time is pretty late for me to stay up. I am the type of girl that goes to bed early at 11 pm. It probably is not too early but it is for most college students.
After that, I woke up and worked out. I ran 6 miles and did a High Intense Interval Training (HIIT) workout. It felt good to start the New Year with getting my blood running with exercise. Trust me. Trying to get out of bed during the winter can be dreadful. It is usually cold. After working out, I ate a bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter for breakfast and drank coffee with soymilk.
At night, I went to a family gathering for the New Year. I baked these Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are a favorite in my family.
These cookies were gone in a matter of minutes. Literally. My cousins loved them, even with the use of oats and whole wheat pastry flour. They kept grabbing and eating them one after another.
It makes me feel a little better to bake these types of cookies than the regular chocolate chip cookies. These cookies have a higher fiber content and are 100% whole grain. Add in the fact that olive oil is used, it makes for a “healthier” cookie. Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fat and low in saturated fat. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats do not raise the “bad” cholesterol, also known as the Low Density Lipo-Protein (LDL) in the blood.
With that being said, I made these cookies so that I would feel a little better about eating sweets. Anyway, these cookies are delicious, as I prefer these to regular chocolate chip cookies. Enjoy!
- 1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
- 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
- 3 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup White Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 cup Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup Water (if the dough is too dry)
- 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- In a bowl, sift together the flour, oats, protein powder, baking powder and salt.
- In a larger bowl, mix together the sugars, egg, and olive oil.
- Pour the flour mixture slowly into the wet ingredients, slowly mixing it in.
- Once a dough forms, mix in the chocolate chips.
- Drop 2 tablespoon size balls onto a baking sheet.
- Bake for 12 minutes.
- Take them out, let them cool, and enjoy!
How was your New Year?
How did you celebrate?
Do you like creating “healthier” versions of not-so-healthy foods?