If I can find away to cut fat or calories from a food item you bet I will! My first college roommate is a dietitian and loves to experiment with food. I will admit I am not as adventurous as she is, but this recipe I think will take me up a level or two in her book. She first turned me on to using apple sauce for an oil subistute, which I have embraced as well with this recipe and its soooo good!
I was reading a news blip on MSN that said that you can substitute avocados in cookies and cut the butter in half, I was intrigued by this. I vividly remember working a up sets of reasons in junior college staring at a case that the biology department had put together of the fat in foods. They had so nicely portrayed the amount of fat in avocados to that of a Burger King Whopper. I was disgusted by that, but knew that avocados were full of “good fat” or mono and polyunsaturated fat.
Well I think they are healthy, they really might not be at all, but they are sure good and I feel good about eating them! This recipe was given to me from my one of my many second Mothers, she still makes them way better than I do!
1 C. Butter or Margarine, softened or 1/2 C. butter
1 Avocado, softened (I would let it set out on the counter for a day or so before using)
3/4 C Brown Sugar
1/4 Sugar (I use Splenda)
1 Package (3.4 ounces) Instant Pudding (Chocolate or Vanilla), I also used the sugar free pudding
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
2-1/4 C Flour (I used half white flour and half whole-wheat flour)
2 C (12 Ounces) Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 C Walnuts, finely chopped (Only if you want too!)
In a mixing bowl, cream butter, avocado, sugars and pudding mix. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts (dough will be stiff). Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Yields: 4 dozen delicious cookies.
Side note, the avocado will make the batter really green, so I opted use chocolate pudding to cover that up.