Sunday, February 17, 2013

Chocolate Chip-Prune Cookies

Please don't automatically give this the stinky-face look because of the prunes.  Forget about all those years ago when your grandparents were trying to force prunes or prune juice on you when you were a little "backed up". Since my 2.5 year old has had constipation issues, I have been searching out healthy alternatives to the pharmaceutical-manufactured fiber that the doctors like to push. Which, ironically, lead me to prunes. I guess my grandparents were right...

Prunes have a delicious deeply sweet flavor, and pare amazingly well with chocolate. I also threw in some cooked quinoa for added protein, and the quinoa just melts into the cookie with no hint of it being there.

Chocolate Chip-Prune Cookies
1/2 c. quinoa, uncooked
2 1/4c. flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. molasses
1/4 c. white sugar
4 tbsp butter, softened
2 eggs, room temp.
1 c. apple sauce
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 bag chocolate chips
1/2 c. diced prunes (about 5) (kitchen scissors work great for this job)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

To cook quinoa: Bring 1 cup of water to boil in small saucepan. Add quinoa. Cover, reduce heat to simmer, and cook 15 minutes or until all water is absorbed.

In a small bowl, mix flour, salt and baking powder. Place diced prunes in another small bowl. Sprinkle a little of the flour mixture into the prunes, and mix to coat. Make sure each piece of diced prune is coated in flour. (The prunes are sticky, and this ensures the prunes won't clump together in the batter.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream sugars, molasses and butter. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add applesauce and vanilla. Slowly add in flour mixture, a little at a time. Once the flour is fully incorporated, pour in bag of chocolate chips, prunes, and quinoa. Mix on slow speed in mixer to incorporate, or remove from mixer and use large spoon to fold items into batter.

Cover baking sheets with parchment paper. (There is not much fat in this recipe, so the parchment will ensure the cookies dont stick to your pan.) Place scoops of cookie batter on sheets.  Bake 20 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown and cooked through.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Natalie,
    Just found your blog and love it. I see we have many things in common: gardening, canning, toddlers, etc. HOw did thoe cookies go over? I will have to try them as my 2 1/2 year old often deals with similar problems.