It's funny the things we miss when we're away from home. It will probably come as no surprise to you that one thing I missed the most whilst away from home was my kitchen - and the variety of food I can eat at home.
I'm someone who (quite obviously) loves to cook and bake and whilst I hate my kitchen for being pokey and small - I love my kitchen because it's filled with everything I need to whip up delicious meals and treats.
But what did Jesse miss whilst we were away? Cookies.
You see, before we left it was a full on cookie fest in the SIL house. I'd come up with the perfect recipe for secretly healthy chocolate chip cookies and we'd made the recipe at least 10 times - and I'd also come up with four other ridiculously good cookie recipes.
The first thing Jesse asked me to make when we came home was cookies and today, I'm making said cookies so I thought I should share the recipe with you so that you can make them too.
This recipe is not only perfect because it makes a bunch of healthier cookies - it's perfect because it's super quick to make, doesn't use any funky or hard to find ingredients, uses just one bowl and makes a small batch so if you're like Jesse who would eat an entire batch of cookies in one go, you're safe. But if you would like a million and one cookies, this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled or quadrupled! ;)
But you have to know you've got a good recipe when you make it a dozen times and your family are still wanting more so let me share the recipe with you >>
Secretly Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe makes 8 cookies
gluten free, low fat, lower sugar, one bowl recipe that's easily multiplied
1 cup (120g) plain gluten free flour*
1/4 cup (50g) brown sugar**
1/4 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
2 tbsp (30g) butter, melted
2 tbsp (30g) unsweetened applesauce
1 large egg white (~30g/2 tbsp)
2 tsp vanilla extract
~1/2 cup chocolate chips or chocolate chunks (we use milk/dark/white depending on what we feel like)
Preheat your oven to 180C/350F
Line a cookie sheet with baking paper.
Melt your butter and mix in your applesauce, egg white and vanilla extract.
Add your flour, sugar, baking soda and salt to your wet ingredients and stir to combine.
Mix in your chocolate chips and roll your cookies out into balls (about a heaped tablespoon of dough each), flattening out onto your cookie sheet.
For thinner cookies, flatten out the dough as much as you like or leave the dough slightly thicker for thicker, fluffier cookies.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked on the edges.
Leave to cool for 5 or so minutes before moving the cookies (if you can wait that long - truth be known we usually grab a cookie straight out of the oven) onto wire racks to cool completely or a serving plate.
The cookies will keep for a few days in an airtight container at room temperature.
*You may also use regular plain flour or wholewheat flour
**If you like your cookies really sweet, use 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup sugar.
But tell me, what do you usually miss when you're away from home?
For me it's always Chanel and cooking ;P
And what's your favourite type of cookie?