These Healthy Cookies with Pistachios + Dried Cherries are made with whole-wheat flour for an extra boost of fiber and vitamins. Plus, they’re dairy free and processed sugar free! Perfect for breakfast or a late night snack you don’t have to feel bad about.
If you’re a repeat reader of The Cheerful Kitchen you’ll already know that I do not profess to be an exceptional baker. In fact, I’ve said many times that baking is NOT my thing. I have a hard time following the rules. Doesn’t suit me.
So, one day a couple weeks ago when my daughter wanted to make cookies, I happily went for the recipe on the back of the chocolate chips bag. However, being who I am, I immediately thought, “I’ll just switch a few things up here and make them a little healthier.” See! Cannot follow a baking recipe to save my life.
What resulted was a somewhat good for you, actually really tasty chocolate chip cookie. I may have eaten all but three or four myself… I have problems.
Then I thought, let’s try again and really nail these healthy cookies down with a fantastic recipe that I can share on the blog! And I’m just as surprised as you are that it actually worked. Both my husband and my mother-in-law said they are really good, and not just for healthy cookies – good for cookies in general.
Is Whole-Wheat Flour Better For You Than White Flour?
Good question. The answer is yes. Even though whole-wheat flour is still somewhat processed and not something you should consume in large quantities in a healthy diet, it’s still much better for you than white flour which is heavily processed and has had all of its nutritional value removed.
Why Is Whole-Wheat Flour Good For You?
- Whole-wheat flour contains just a hair’s width shy of 5 times the amount of fiber as the same measure of white flour.
- Foods made with whole-wheat flour have a lower glycemic index, or GI, than those made with white flour – twenty points lower according to Harvard Medical School. This means that whole-wheat laden foods will keep you fuller longer and won’t make your energy crash as intense as foods made with white flour.
- Whole-wheat flour naturally contains a lot of vitamins like vitamins B-1, B-3, and B-5 as well as riboflavin and folate. These vitamins are mostly destroyed during processing of white flour, which is why some white flour will say “enriched”. In enriched white flour, the vitamins have bean added back in. I say skip all the processing and chemicals and get your vitamins naturally from the whole-wheat source.
They are chewy and a little crumbly, just like a homemade cookie should be. I really wanted to keep these dairy free for the blog, so instead of chocolate chips, I used 1/2 cup roasted pistachios and 1/2 cups unsweetened Bing cherries. If you want to use chocolate chips, go right ahead! They’re awesome that way, too.
Do you have any great recipes using whole-wheat flour instead of white flour? Share them in the comments! I’d love to incorporate it into my diet more as I slowly phase the white flour out of my life forever.
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