Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies–with Avocado!

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It’s been awhile since I shared a recipe or a post about cooking with kids! It’s not that we haven’t been baking–it’s because I’m really bad at taking good pictures while trying to follow a recipe, watch the toddler closely so she doesn’t eat (all of) the batter, and entertain the baby.

But this new recipe is so strange and awesome, I just had to share.

Ready to have your mind blown? You can substitute AVOCADO for butter in COOKIE recipes! (Say WHAT?) Yep, our cookies are green because of a (delicious, buttery) avocado.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies--Avocado

Maybe this idea isn’t new or weird to you, but I had never heard of it before until I saw it mentioned in a magazine a few months ago. I decided to start with a small batch in case this was a total flop, so I halved the recipe found on the back of the stick butter box. And again, because I was nervous, I made zero better-for-you changes. Next time I’ll cut back on the chocolate chips and try whole-wheat flour instead. Even so, simply using avocados instead of butter reduces the amount of saturated fat and adds vitamins to this special treat.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/8 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla (or more, if your toddler pours!)
1 cup chocolate chips
1 smashed avocado

  1. Mix.
  2. Add to cookie sheet
  3. Bake for 12-14 minutes at 375. (Some people say to reduce heat and increase cooking time with avocado recipes. My cookies were fine just like this.)

If you’ve read any of my other recipes, you know that we don’t bother with separately mixing wet and dry ingredients. We dump in the ingredients, stir, put on the cookie sheet, and bake.

My little sous chef (2 1/2) had the important task of smashing the avocado. As such, there were a few very small pieces of avocado that weren’t completely smooth. BUT I STILL COULDN’T TASTE THE AVOCADO! Nate said they were delicious. The two-year-old loved them. We’ll probably use avocados every time now. Yep, they were that good.

healthy chocolate chip cookies -- avocado

Want more kid-friendly recipes?

These oatmeal banana muffins are easy to make and have no flour or oil. They’re great for breakfast or snack time!

We love these pumpkin muffins! No oil!

Tired of feeding your toddler the same old peanut butter or cheese sandwiches? Take a peek at our toddler’s adventurous meal plan for some fresh ideas! What does a two-year-old eat?


16 thoughts on “Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies–with Avocado!”

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  2. I’ve never heard of subbing avocado for butter! What a super idea! I’m definitely going to try this. We make pumpkin chip cookies, and I love that the kids get a nutritional boost in those treats, but this is great because you can do it with every cookie recipe! Thanks!

  3. I’ve seen/heard of this idea before, but I confess I was skeptical as I don’t like avocado (unless it is in sushi!) much… but I think I might give these a go!!

  4. Thanks for this recipe! They came out great and my 3 1/2 year old loved them. I used whole wheat flour also. I wasn’t sure how they would taste, but I was really happy with how they came out!
    I will definitely keep this recipe on hand!

  5. I was so delighted when I found this recipe and I am truly blessed by it. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart but I can’t because the cookies are still baking. I cannot wait to pick up the warm cookie from the oven and taste it with my tongue and taste buds. This warms my hear. Thank you.

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