Monday, February 28, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Chia seeds

ooooooohhhh! cookies!!!
Sometimes you just need some cookies. I've had a cookie itch (one of the better itches to get) for a few weeks, and Sunday is one of my favorite days to bake. I love being able to putter around the kitchen, unlike the weekdays where I have less time. These cookies turned out well, though I find cookies are always better the second day. Not entirely sure why, but a day old cookie is so much better, or at least the ones I've made are.

For these cookies, I used a small amount of chia gel. Not sure how many of you have used/heard of chia seeds but they are pretty nifty. And yes, chia seeds are from the cha-cha-cha-chia plants that were big in the early 90s. I used to LOVE those commercials.

Chia seeds are cool for many reasons. Apparently the Aztecs were nuts about them, and they were often used as currency. Warriors and hunters would drink the chia gel instead of eating food because it would keep them full and energized. So its not just a seed, its a seed with lots of cool history!

They are FULL of fiber, two tablespoons has about 8 grams of fiber. They are great for people who need a lot of fiber, but have a hard time getting enough. Especially for older people, or those who are chronically ill/have cancer and need more fiber but have no appetite or have a hard time eating.
Chia seeds

They also are good for dieting, similar to spirulina, a small amount can keep you full for a long time, and give your body nutrients. They are also full of Omega Threes, the kind of good fat we want more of, and can help with keeping blood pressure and blood sugar under control. Also Dr. Oz loves them, and WHO doesn't love Dr. Oz?

Here are two sites with additional information, again its hard to find a lot of completely reliable information given there hasn't been a ton of formal studies.
Here is a blog that had some information: Blog on Chia seeds
Here is the nutrition facts: Nutrition Facts of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are another tiny little miracle. They can be eaten raw, or made into a gel. Healthy boyfriend likes to drink them in water. When you put them in water, if you let them sit, they create a gel, that has a strange consistency. I had read that many vegans use chia get in place of butter or oil. I had never tried it, so I only used a small amount of chia gel in this recipe, unsure of how it would change the flavor. I found no flavor change, though these are only the third from scratch cookies Ive made, so a cookie expert could probably notice if there was a difference in flavor. Where is a cookie expert when you need one? If yall see cookie monster, send him my way.


water and chia seeds
Chia Gel
Chia Gel: To make 9 tablespoons or 1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon of chia gel, you put 9 tablespoons of water and 1 tablespoon of chia seeds in a bowl. Mix the seeds slightly, and then let rest for at least 20 minutes. It will create a gel, that looks grayish. It doesn't look appetizing, but doesn't taste bad. Try it, its mostly taste like water, with funny squishy things floating in it. The picture to the left is right when I put the seeds in. The picture to the right is the gel, after about 20 minutes.

As far as making cookies goes, a few things to remember. I looked at a several different cookie recipes, trying to learn about what makes a good cookie. One thing that was common is almost all the recipes was room temperature butter. Having your butter at room temperature makes it easy to mix, but also is how cookies turn out fluffy and light. So make sure when making cookies, you let your butter warm up to room temperature. You don't want it melted, just room temperature.

 I read in one of my Martha Stewart books(she is a bit intense, but has great information about WHY you do certain things in cooking) and she says you should never try to speed up making your butter room temperature ie microwave it. That can change the consistency and you dont want that when baking. If you forget to take your butter out of the fridge, you can slice it up very thin which will help it warm up faster. Or use a cheese grater and grate your butter, which will allow it to warm up fast as well.
Also make sure to take your eggs out and allow them to get to room temperature. So you do need to think ahead a bit when baking cookies, but not too much.

Next time I will attempt to use half butter and half chia gel, and see how it goes. Hope you enjoy!

This recipe is based on a few, but predominately Martha Stewarts Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

Note: If you dont want to use the chia gel, just use 2 sticks of unsalted butter.


Chocolate Chip Cookies with Chia seeds


The Goods: Makes 30-40 cookies
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 cup(1 1/2 sticks) of unsalted butter
1/4 cup(4 tablespoons) of chia gel(see note)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, toasted(optional)

The Deal:


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter two large cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

2. Whisk flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl.

3. Place butter, chia gel and both sugars in a large mixing bowl. Mash with wooden spoon until light and fluffy, about 4-6 minutes. You can also you use an electric mixer to speed up the mixing. Add eggs, one at a time beating throughly until blended. Stir in vanilla.

butter, chia gel, and sugars
mixing in eggs

4. Add your flour mixture in three additions, adding it slowly to fully mix the dry ingredients into the wet. Once mixed, add your chocolate chips and nuts if using.

5. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop dough and place on cookie sheet, leaving plenty of room between cookies.

6. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until golden brown on edges and toothpick comes out clean. Rotate your cookie sheets half way through cooking to avoiding burning the bottoms of your cookies. Remove from pan and place on wire rack to cool.

Very important: Grab a hot cookie and enjoy your delicious accomplishment! Cookie five!

13 comments:

  1. I can't believe there are no other comments on this recipe! This was the second recipe I have used to bake with chia seeds and it was terrific! I followed it exactly and the cookies turned out great. For two cookie sheets in the oven, 14 minutes was perfect. Taking the cookies out when they were still a little soft helped to keep them soft and chewy once cooled. Awesome recipe, blog and information here...keep it up! :-)
    -JP

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    1. Good sharing, chia seeds are one of the world’s richest source of plant-based Omega-3s, and it is known to deliver the Omega-3 which is equivalent to 275g of wild salmon in just two tablespoons. For detail visit:
      http://kidbuxblog.com/chia-seeds-for-heart-health/




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      Split Queen Box Springs or split queen box spring

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  2. Thanks so much for your lovely comments! So glad your cookies turned out delicious, I love cooking with chia seeds and gel. I just used chia seeds on some granola bars I will be posting soon, they are so fun to use :) Thanks for reading and cooking with me!

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  3. I just made these cookies! Um so so yummy! I was wondering if you have the nutritional info per cookie?

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    1. Sorry this response is SO late, just posted an explanation for my long absence. I do not have any nutritional info on the cookies, but I would say better than some, worse than salad? Clearly I have no formal training in nutrition. But glad you enjoyed them!

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  4. These were fantastic. I made them today for my older daughter's last day of school celebration tomorrow. I have never cooked or baked with chia seeds so had no idea what to expect. But I loved the coookies and, more importantly, my kids have been eating them like they're going out of style. The one adjustment I made to the recipe above was to replace the 1/2 cup granulated sugar with agave syrup (I didn't do exact measurements...just kept tasting the batter until I felt it was where it needed to be in terms of sweetness). I would have liked to do something similar with the brown sugar but then removing it would take away the key ingredient that, in my book, really makes or breaks the taste of a chocolate chip cookie (aside from the chocolate chips, of course).

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    1. Thanks for the great comment, sorry it took so long to respond, I just posted the explanation for my absence. Glad they were a hit with your kids, finding stuff kids will eat is the lifelong struggle! Though I find putting chocolate in a recipe helps a lot. I would like to try them again with agave syrup, that's a great idea! Glad you enjoyed them, this seems to be a popular recipe, I better try tinkering with it again to see if I can make it healthier AND taste better :)

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    2. I just made these again. This time, I tried coconut palm sugar in place of the 1/2 granulated sugar. Also used 1/2 sprouted flour, 1/2 regular flour. And dark chocolate chips. Cookies turned out very tasty... but I think the key to baking with sprouted flour (which I ALWAYS forget) is to slightly increase the liquids OR slightly reduce the flour. Sprouted flours absorb a lot more liquid than regular flours. These cookies turned out a lot more "cakey" than I typically like...because I screwed up on the liquid/sprouted flour thing. But they were still delicious! Anyway, I'll be back!

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  5. Im excited to try this recipe. Will write back and let ya know how they came out:)

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  6. My Family LOVES these cookies & many of the other recipes you post !! Thanks Again!! F.Y.I. Instead of the nuts you called for we added Hemp Seeds YUMMMMM

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    1. So glad you and your family enjoyed the cookies! Hemp seeds sounds like a great addition. I should be posting more recipes soon, thanks for reading! Happy eating!

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