Before you stock up on the traditional sugar cookie or snickerdoodle fixins’ for the annual cookie exchange, I invite you to try a new recipe that will leave your friends speechless.
Enter, the sweet potato! Sweet potatoes are a root vegetable that come in many shapes, sizes and even colors! High in vitamins A and C, fiber and antioxidants (in addition to a laundry list of other nutrients), sweet potatoes are an excellent addition to one’s diet. They can be found year-round, but typically surface around Thanksgiving as families gather to indulge in the decadent Sweet Potato Casserole or Sweet Potato Pie.
I understand there are some traditions you just don’t mess with, but I do challenge you to branch out and see just how versatile the wonderful sweet potato can be. Not only are they low in fat but they’re also are super-rich, creamy and sweet, making them a stellar alternative to use in your holiday baking. Check out these rich and chewy cookies I whipped up. If you’re interested in a delicious decadent dessert that won’t wreak havoc on your waistline, these are the cookies for you!
Chewy Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Cookies
Makes 18 cookies
1 lb. sweet potatoes
⅓ cup whole wheat flour
⅓ cup whole oats
1 egg white
¼ cup syrup (for a sugar-free, diabetic friendly variety, I used Sugar Free Maple Farms Syrup)
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup dry PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup mini chocolate chips
1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
- Cook sweet potatoes in oven for 35-50 minutes at 425F. Once cooked, remove from oven and let cool. Remove skins once cooled.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Purée sweet potatoes in food processor. Gradually mix in egg white, syrup and vanilla.
- In separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients together. Gradually add dry into wet.
- Using a 2-oz. cookie scoop, place dough on lightly coated cookie trays. Lightly pat down dough with spatula to form circle.
- Lightly sprinkle brown sugar over top of cookies.
- Bake for 18-24 minutes. Enjoy!
- I like to heat mine up and add a small dollop of light ice cream. The wonderful blend of textures and flavors brings a warm sense of satisfaction to your whole body for less than 125 calories!