Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

After we finished supper tonight, my husband asked if there was anything else. Any dessert is what he meant. However, since we began making an effort to eat more healthy I have been baking far less. Also, Cody asks for protein powder in everything.

Since October 25, 2014 my husband has gone from 350 pounds to 280 pounds. He did this by changing his eating habits and adopting the Isagenix lifestyle. Basically this means that we both consume a lot more protein, which has been instrumental in each of us losing some of the extra fluff. We’ve also both been more active, in fact I am writing to the [creepy] soundtrack of Tony Horton, his [not my] choice of video trainer.

Earlier tonight I found a recipe on a food blog I like to browse, Two Peas and Their Pod, for whole wheat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. The recipe uses coconut oil instead of butter and whole wheat flour instead of white flour. I thought to myself, “this is doable.” I was recently inspired by my middle sister to try baking with coconut sugar as a means of avoiding refined sugar, so I figured I would sub out the sugar in this recipe for coconut sugar and make a “healthier” chocolate chip cookie.

I showed Cody the recipe and his first question was, “Can you use protein powder instead of flour?” Guess I should have seen that coming. I launched the Google app on my phone and googled substituting flour with protein powder. Turns out a lot of people are wondering the same thing. I found what looked like a fairly reliable source that recommended subbing 1/3 cup of protein powder for every 1/2 cup of flour. So that’s what I decided to do.

A few of the new cookie ingredients I tried out tonight. Click on the photo to learn more about Isagenix.IMG_0520

I was a bit nervous to replace all the flour with protein powder, so I decided to do half. The recipe called for 1 cup of whole wheat flour. I measured out my 1/3 cup of protein powder and a 1/2 cup of oat flour (I was already making so many substitutions why not try oat flour too?). Don’t have oat flour in your cupboard? Not a problem. I didn’t either. All I did was measure out the appropriate amount of rolled oats, throw them in my Ninja blender, and presto – I had oat flour.

I followed the rest of the recipe as written, omitting the salt (because I always do), and replacing both the brown and white sugars with coconut sugar. Popped them in the oven at 350 degrees and around the 8 minute mark noticed they were looking done. Nice and brown around the edges. What I also noticed though was how flat the cookies were. Apparently in subbing in the protein powder, the cookie recipe no longer had enough flour to keep the cookies from creeping across the cookie sheet.

So you know what they say, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

This time I added more oat flour, a touch of cinnamon and a bit less coconut sugar, only because I found the cookies very sweet. The results were pretty near perfect. They may require a bit more tweaking as they were a bit dry. But they baked beautifully and have chewy centres, just the way Cody likes them!

Let me know if you give them a try and what you think. They may require a bit more tweaking, but I wanted to record what I did before I forgot what I had done.

P.S. Experimenting with a cookie recipe requires a lot of taste testing. While it was a delicious exercise, I am now going to bed with a very full belly.

Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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