low fat chocolate cookies (1 point weight watchers)
when the dessert cravings kick in, these low fat chocolate cookies will do the trick without the guilt
Most of the time if I have food cravings, they are for something savory. nachos, french fries, or a good cheesy dip. But every now and then my sweet tooth speaks up, and you know how that goes. The more you ignore it, the louder it gets until you have devoured an entire box of thin mints. At two points a piece that could ruin an entire month of healthy eating, so not a good idea at all. But let me tell you, the boxes hidden in the house have been calling me.
My go-to sweet treat lately has been this single serving banana bread with a few chocolate chips sprinkled on top. It is SO good, but variety is the key for me if I am going to stick with this healthy eating, The same foods day after day, no matter how delicious, can be boring, and when I’m bored I tend to make less than ideal food choices.
To keep myself on track I started playing around with some chocolate treats that wouldn’t use too many of my daily points, because we all know 1 cookie is never enough. These easy low fat chocolate cookies pack a ton of chocolate flavor, and at only 1 point per cookie, you can have a few without feeling guilty at all.
low fat chocolate cookies
- 1 Tbsp butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup flour
- 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- dash salt
- 2 large egg whites
- preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- line baking sheet with Parchment Baking Paper or Silpat Baking Mat
- cream together the butter and brown sugar, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the vanilla
- blend in the flour, cocoa, and salt (because of the small amount of butter, this will be crumbly)
- whisk egg whites until you have stiff peaks, and then gently fold into the flour/cocoa powder mixture, make sure the egg whites are fully incorporated (no white streaks)
- scoop by teaspoon onto prepared baking sheet
- bake 8 - 10 minutes
- allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, them move to a rack to finish cooling
these could almost be called low fat chocolate brownie bites instead of low fat chocolate cookies, their texture and taste are very similar to a fudgy brownie which I LOVE.
when mixing the dough together, it may seem very crumbly, but when you fold in the egg whites, you will end up with a smooth and shiny cookie dough
do not substitute granulated sugar for the brown sugar, not only is brown sugar slightly lower in points than granulated sugar for those of us WW, but it keeps the cookies moist and dense (hence the fudgy factor)