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Healthy Kosher Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Eating by kosher standards means to follow rules based on the Kashrut, or the body of Jewish law from the Bible. These rules outline what foods can and cannot be combined, as well as how the food is processed and prepared.
The most basic tenant is that meat and dairy cannot be eaten together. But this principle goes beyond simply separating the two food groups out in planning meals. Processing plants often use the same equipment to package different types of food, which can cause "contamination". So great care must be taken when grocery shopping.
Even with these restrictions, you don't have to feel deprived of desserts. By taking just a little extra time and care, you can enjoy treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you and your loved ones right on track!
How To Buy Kosher Ingredients
It is easiest to simply buy food with a label that says "kosher". This means that a rabbi has inspected the processing of that food and deemed it acceptable. Many think that a rabbi or priest has to bless the food to make it kosher. But the truth is that homegrown food can also be kosher, as long as it adheres to the standards.
For instance, eggs are called for in this cookie recipe, as are grains and dairy. But care must be taken to learn if the eggs or grains have somehow interacted with any meat products at the processing plant. It is easier to ensure this in your home, as long as you kosher your kitchen and keep foods separate.
Making a Kitchen Kosher
By kosher guidelines, your kitchen surfaces, utensils and other equipment should also keep meat and dairy separate. If you use a pot to make beef stew in, for example, that pot will be considered of 'meat' status. It should not be then used to warm up milk or 'dairy'.
Don't use utensils or bowls for dual purposes. if possible. And wash dishes in a dishpan rather than directly in the sink, for that area has come in contact with both meat and dairy. Procedures for koshering your countertops and metal sinks involve pouring boiling water over the area.
Good Ideas From Amazon
Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Not only are these full of chewy goodness, but they offer more nutrition than the average chocolate chip cookie: whole wheat flour and oats provide extra grains, while canola oil instead of butter takes out unhealthy fat and subbing egg whites eliminates the cholesterol found in egg yolks. How's that for guilt-free?
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 egg whites, if using packaged egg whites, check carton for correct amounts
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup chocolate chips
FYI on chocolate chips: You can find Walmart, Shop Rite and Scharffen Berger parve chips in stores. King David and Navitas Naturals can be purchased through Amazon.com and other online retailers.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar and oil. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar is well-dissolved. Place all the dry ingredients and stir well. Add the dry mixture into the wet one by small amounts, stirring well each time.
- Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes. Let cool for a couple of minutes, then transfer cookies to a rack to fully cool. Store in an airtight container.
Ideas For Even Healthier Cookies:
1. Substitute raw honey for the white sugar. If the batter turns out too thin, just add a couple of tablespoons of flour.
Tip: to prevent the honey from sticking to measuring cups or utensils, run them under hot water first.
2. Substitute flaxseed meal for the eggs: to equal an egg, put 1 tbsp of flaxseed meal into a bowl with 3 tbsp water. Let the mixture sit for a couple of minutes, then add it into the recipe.
Note: using flaxseed will add a slightly nutty taste and heartier texture to the cookies.
3. For Passover, substitute for the flour: 1 1/8 cup potato starch, and 1 1/8 cup matzah flour.
- About.com Kosher Food (www.kosherfood.about.com/od/kosherbasics/u/path1.htm)
- The Parve Baker (www.theparvebaker.com/?page_id=46)