Do you ever feel like you are incomplete cookie overload during the holidays? I swear everywhere I turn there is another Christmas cookie calling my name. I don’t mind indulging every once in a while, but I would prefer to satisfy my sweet tooth without all of the added sugar when I can. That’s why I decided to create this incredibly moist, chewy chocolate chip cookie that you can eat every day during the holidays (and all year long) without guilt.
Why Make Prune Cookies?
Sounds too good to be true? The secret is in the ingredient swaps. Instead of loading up your cookie recipe with cups of added sugar, you can swap it for pureed fruit. For this recipe, I replaced the added sugar with a 1:1 ratio of pureed prunes. If you are wondering why I selected prunes, it’s because this delicious fruit is lower in sugar than many other dried fruits, contains 3 grams of fiber per serving, and the natural elements of prunes help to heighten the flavor of other ingredients in the recipe.
They also are a great way to increase moisture in the recipe, which gives you the chewy, soft cookie you crave without having to pack it full of sugar. By swapping pureed prunes in place of added sugars, you can also significantly cut down on the calories of your cookie recipe as well.
To boost the health properties of these little guys a bit more, I also replaced the butter that my standard cookie recipe calls for with Greek yogurt. This swap further reduces calories and fat while adding a bit of filling protein to the recipe. The combination of added yogurt and prunes to this recipe does more than just taste great- it may also help improve bone health!
Eating just five to six prunes per day has been shown to prevent bone loss, which is a great thing since an estimated 54 million Americans over the age of 50 have either osteoporosis or low bone density. So if you leave these cookies out for Santa this Christmas, you can feel good knowing both his sweet tooth and bone health needs will be satisfied.
Ingredients For Prune Cookies with Chocolate Chips
Prunes – Choose your favorite brand, just be careful when checking the labels to make sure there aren’t added ingredients that aren’t necessary. This is the brand I used in the recipe.
Flour – We are using Oat flour today! This flour is gluten-free, so another good benefit of these wonderful cookies
Chocolate Chips – I always recommend dark chocolate since the higher the percentage cacao, typically the less added sugar and the more antioxidants. If you are looking for a low carbohydrate dark chocolate chip, this is my favorite choice for cookies.
Greek Yogurt – Choose your favorite brand, and stick with plain since it cuts down on the added sugar and carbohydrates in the recipe. As I mentioned before, this also cuts down on extra fat that would typically come from oil or butter while providing a source of filling protein.
Other Ingredients: water, egg, salt, baking powder, and vanilla.
Can You Freeze Prune Cookies?
Yes! Simply allow the cookies to completely cool. Then add them to a freezer-safe plastic bag. Store in a single layer or add a layer of parchment paper so they don’t stick if you are adding more cookies.
Can You Swap for Another Dried Fruit?
While I haven’t tested these prune cookies with another dried fruit, dates work really well! The taste and texture is very similar so it would be a great swap!
I can’t wait to see what you think about these cookies! Be sure to tag me on Instagram so I don’t miss anything! Check out some of my other favorite healthy cookie recipes below!
Other Healthy Cookie Recipes:
- Keto Sugar Cookies with Avocado
- Black Bean Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Raspberry Yogurt Breakfast Cookies
- Chocolate Drizzled Holiday Cookies
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Chocolate Chip Prune Cookie Recipe
- A couple of mixing bowls
- food processor
- Cookie tray
- Parchment paper
- 1 cup prunes
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 egg
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt, plain
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a food processor, add prunes and water and pulse until it has the texture of a puree (it will be a little thick and chunky- that’s OK!)
- In a large bowl, add in egg, vanilla, and Greek yogurt and mix until fully blended.
- Add in pureed prunes to egg mixture and mix evenly.
- In a small bowl, mix together oat flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients slowly while mixing to create a dough.
- Pour in chocolate chips and mix to evenly distribute.
- Scoop dough evenly onto a cookie tray lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.