Chocolate Chip Cookies to Diet For!

Oh yeah -- sweet treats from Flat Belly Diet! I played with the recipe just a tad to lower the calorie count so I could have more of them!

Page 232 says to make it a meal with 1 cup of nonfat cottage cheese and 1/2 cup of pineapple tidbits or mandarin oranges for an under 400 calorie meal, great for breakfast. Try a snack pack with 2 cookies and 1 cup of cold skim milk poured into an ice cold frosted glass ... super yummy!

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup oat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
dash of salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup olive or canola oil
3 large egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup cranberries, coarsely chopped
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk brown sugar, oil, vanilla and egg whites until smooth. Fold in cranberries, walnuts and chocolate chips. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until well blended.

Let sit about three minutes before dropping batter by rounded tablespoons onto a large baking sheet (prepared in advance with a nonstick cooking spray). Slightly flatten each mound of dough, then bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden in color.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes 20-24 cookies at approximately 140 calories each. By reducing the amount of walnuts called for in the original recipe and substituting sunflower seeds the calorie count goes down but the MUFA (monounsaturated fat) value remains. Check in next week to learn why MUFAs are so important to your Flat Belly Diet! regimen.


  1. nice to see a post from you !! there are many "smart" things to eat and also just a few of the favorites can be surprisingly satisfying when eaten "mindfully." glad you are doing well.

  2. This one looks like a winner Deb. Does it need the sunflower seeds?

  3. Deb - what's another alternative for the sunflower seeds?

  4. @Susan -- you can skip them altogether and that would lower the calorie count even a teeny bit more. :-)


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