I know what you are thinking! Chocolate chip cookies with lentil puree? What on earth is that? Well, you’ll be surprised. These cookies are delicious and taste like ordinary chocolate chip cookies. The beauty of this recipe is that the lentil puree was used to replace 1/2 of the butter used to make the original cookies. What is even better, the kids love them because they cannot tell the difference. That is wonderful because this way you can sneak the benefits of lentils into their diet and at the same time reduce the fat of the cookie in half.
I would have not believed this myself. But I came across Chef Michael’s video which show that lentil puree can be used for various things, such as thickening of spaghetti sauce or a stew. Then he pulled out chocolate chip cookies out of the hat. It was amazing. So, first I let you watch the video and then I will give you the recipe that he uses to make these cookies.
Using Lentil Puree In Recipes Including Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pretty amazing don’t you think? It was interesting to watch the two of boys eat the cookies after they learned the truth, but did you notice the boy on the right not grabbing another one. Well, it just shows you that sometimes as parent and grandparents we have to be a little sneaky around our kids if we want them to eat such “strange” (for their tastes) yet healthful foods.
Actually, this reminds me of my famous chicken liver dumplings in my soup. Anyone I served the soup with the dumplings to raved about it and often asked for seconds. When I was asked how did I make the delicious dumplings, I just said it is a secret recipe. Only after the dinner was over did I reveal my secret. All the dinner guests were always surprised because they liked them so much. But I guarantee you that they would not eat them had they known the dumplings were made out of chicken livers. (Are you going yuck? If you did not know the ingredients you’d love them.)
But I digressed a, so here is the recipe. It is in two parts as first I’ll tell you how to make the puree.
Lentil Puree Recipe
► Make sure that your lentils are fresh, meaning that you have not had them sitting in a bag for years. They should always be used after a few months of purchase. Otherwise they will take longer to cook and you do not want to eat undercooked lentils.
► Also, the best way to cook lentils is to bring them to a rapid boil and then let them simmer until they are tender.
1 cup dried brown lentils
2 cups water
Note: You can cook more lentils if you want, just make sure to keep the same ratio of water to lentils
- Check the lentils to make sure there are no small stones or grains other than lentils. This does happen once in a while.
- Wash lentils in cold water
- Transfer water and lentils into a pot and make sure that the water covers the lentils
- Bring the water/lentils to a boil
- As soon as the water boils reduce the temperature to simmer
- Cook for 20-30 minutes or until the lentils are tender. (Don’t worry about overcooking them because you are going to puree them)
- Make sure that the lentils remain covered with water at all times
Making The Lentil Puree
Once the lentils are cooked drain the water but don’t discard the water because you may use it for the puree.
In a food processor combine 4 parts of cooked lentils and 1 part of water. Puree.
The pureed lentils can be kept in the refrigerator for a week or two. You can also store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Chocolate Chip Cookies With Lentil Puree Recipe
This recipe was is the brainchild of Chef Michael Smith. In this recipe the puree has replaced 1/2 of the butter that you would normally use.
- 1/2 cup of softened unsalted butter
- 2 cups of packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- 1/2 cup of lentil puree
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder*
- 2 cups of chocolate chips
* make sure that you use fresh baking powder
To mix ingredients use a mixer or a processor
- preheat oven to 375 o F (190o C)
- mix the dry ingredients evenly
- mix or process butter and sugar until it reaches a creamy, smooth consistency
- add egg, vanilla and lentil puree and mix or process until the mixture is smooth again
- add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix well
- stir in chocolate chips
- lightly oil a baking tray
- drop the mixture by the spoonful onto the baking tray
- bake for 12 minutes on the middle rack of the oven
- cool for a few minutes
Makes two dozen of yummy cookies
Well here you have it. Chocolate chip cookies full of fiber and protein and fat cut in half! A perfect cookie for your healthy eating plan. Hope you will enjoy the cookies as much as I did. Bon appetit! Let me know how they turned out.