Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Chia

What a healthy chocolate chip cookies recipe?? So you might be starting to think that I have a bit of chocolate chip cookie obsession happening….who me?  Nah, yeah, well okay – maybe.  Todays little miracle was born out of a Facebook post by a friend – she posted this link to a recipe and in my every humble attempt to be a bit ‘healthier’ with my baking I thought I’d give it a go.  I like ‘sneaky’ recipes where you can build in some goodness without it being noticed.

Anyway, on inspection of my cupboards I quickly realised I didn’t have all the things I needed so I improvised and created this recipe instead!

These cookies have a more ‘cakey’ texture than my ‘Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies’ but they still got a thumbs up from the teenager – who didn’t notice they were a healthy version, until about an hour later when he had some chia seeds stuck in his teeth (hehehehe).  Next time I might even try replacing all of the brown sugar with rapadura and see how that goes – and I think you could even try coconut oil instead of butter for a dairy free option but I didn’t want to push the boundaries too far on the first go!

So give it a go they are yummy and the kids can’t be too sneaky with them – the chia seeds stuck in their teeth are a dead giveaway!



Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe type: dessert
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Serves: 40

A fabulous healthy version of my chocolate chip cookie recipe
  • Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies (made about 40 cookies)
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 cups white spelt flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp coarse salt
  • 180 grams butter (room temperature)
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup rapadura
  • ¼ cup agave syrup
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup chia gel (see note)
  • 1 pack chocolate chips of choice ( I use dark)
  • ½ cup chopped nuts of choice (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius (350 degrees F). Line baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Whisk together flours, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl.
  3. Place butter, chia gel and both sugars and agave in a large mixing bowl. Cream together with an electric mixer or a wooden spoon until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time beating throughly until blended. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Add your flour mixture in three additions, adding it slowly to fully mix the dry ingredients into the wet. Once mixed, add your chocolate chips and nuts if using.
  5. Use a spoon to make cookies, leaving room between each.
  6. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until golden brown on edges and toothpick comes out clean. Remove from pan and place on wire rack to cool. ENJOY!

To make chia gel – place 1 heaped teaspoon of chia seed in ¼ cup of water and let it sit for 20 minutes it becomes gelatinous – you can add this to your baking or smoothies or anything you like! Have a look at the link above to the original recipe for some great info on the history and nutritional properties of Chia!

3 thoughts on “Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Chia”

  1. Just made a half batch of these, although replaced plain flour with gluten-free plain flour, and they are delicious! Thanks for the recipe :)

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