Chocolate chunk cookies on baking sheet

Can a cookie actually be good for you? These "chewies" from the book "What to Eat When: A Strategic Plan to Improve Your Health and Life Through Food" are made with walnuts, pecans, raisins, dark chocolate. And they have no added sugar! So you get the chocolatey goodness you crave without eating an entire day's worth of calories.

Pro tip: These cookies freeze well and defrost quickly because they're so small. Make in a big batch and freeze for a quick, healthier treat when you want it.


1 cup 100% whole grain old-fashioned oats
1 cup Pecans, toasted
1 cup Walnuts, toasted
1/2 cup Golden raisins
1 tsp Baking soda
3/4 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
3 tbsp Raisin reduction
2 tbsp Water
1 tbsp Vanilla extract
1 cup Dark chocolate, cut into 1/3-inch pieces

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a food processor, pulse the oats until coarsely ground for about 25 seconds. Add the pecans and walnuts, and process until the mixture is finely ground, about 20 seconds. Add the raisins and process until the mixture begins to stick together, about 20 seconds. Add the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; pulse using on/off turns just until well blended. Add the raisin reduction, water, and vanilla; pulse until well blended. The dough will be sticky.

Transfer the dough to your mixing bowl. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the chocolate chunks until well incorporated. Scoop out the dough by heaping tablespoonfuls (about 1tablespoon for each) and form balls using your hands.

Place the cookies on large nonstick baking sheets, spacing at least 1inch apart. Lightly press down on each cookie by hand to flatten slightly.

Bake for 12 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Makes 28 cookies