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Three Tasty 100% Whole Wheat Chocolate Desserts

Updated on December 15, 2015
You won't feel like you are eating cardboard with these yummy 100% whole wheat desserts: warm peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, moist chocolate cake, and thick brownies.
You won't feel like you are eating cardboard with these yummy 100% whole wheat desserts: warm peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, moist chocolate cake, and thick brownies. | Source

It Took Several Trials

We've tried to eliminate white all purpose flour from our diet recently and instead to use whole wheat flour as much as possible. Additionally, we're trying to use less granulated sugar and instead to use honey. With this in mind, we modified three of our favorite treats to be a little healthier. We modified the recipes a little at a time until we found versions we liked best! Of course, you can always modify them even more by experimenting with substituting applesauce for oils or solid coconut oil for butter.

Whole Wheat CAN Taste Delicious

At one time in our lives, we considered whole wheat to taste a bit like cardboard. The food items containing this ingredient were the ones we ate to feel as though we were making a "better" choice. While they can be, they also should be coupled with better sugars and fats. We found whole wheat can taste delicious and we hope you will too!

  • Dessert 1: Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Dessert 2: Whole Wheat Brownies
  • Dessert 3: Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake

Dessert 1: Cookies

Whole wheat flour combined with coconut oil, honey and natural peanut butter create the perfect cookie combination!
Whole wheat flour combined with coconut oil, honey and natural peanut butter create the perfect cookie combination! | Source
5 stars from 1 rating of Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are super soft and chewy! The combination of honey, peanut butter and whole wheat works quite well. We like to make them on pizza stones, but you could bake them on regular cookie sheets as well. Wrap the cooled cookies up in plastic wrap to quickly add as a lunch bag treat.

How To Make Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 15 min

Ready in: 30 min

Yields: 24 cookies

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 8 Tablespoons your choice of oil (we like 4 T coconut oil + 4 T softened butter)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup creamy NATURAL peanut butter (the only ingredient should be peanuts)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons white whole wheat flour (also called whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat oil (coconut oil + butter) with sugars (brown and honey). Mix in peanut butter, egg and vanilla.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together flour, soda, and salt.
  4. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix either with a spatula or mixer until combined. The dough will be more thin than traditional cookie dough, that's okay!
  5. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop the dough 24 heaping tablespoons onto ungreased baking stones (or cookie sheets). To scoop more evenly it is helpful to divide the dough in the bowl into quarters. Push one quarter apart from the rest and divide it in half, then form each of these halves into three cookies. Each quarter will make six cookies, so each half of a quarter makes three.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes if using a baking sheet, rotating the trays half-way through. If using baking stones (which we highly recommend!), bake for 8 minutes, switch, then 8 more.
  8. Let cool on the sheets and enjoy! We like to wrap ours into packets of two using plastic wrap, so we don't keep reaching in the cookie jar.

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 medium cookies
Calories 290
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Protein 4 g8%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Benefits of Whole Wheat Flour

  • Unlike all-purpose flour it is not bleached and then enriched to replace the nutrients that were destroyed.
  • Contains additional iron and fiber.
  • Since it has additional fiber, your body digests it a little more slowly and thus it fills you up a little more than white all-purpose flour does.

Traditional vs. Thefedorows

Dessert
Calories
Protein
Fat
Traditional Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Homemade: 2 medium)
319
4g
20g
Thefedorows Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Homemade: 2 medium)
290
4.3g
9g
While the protein remains the same, swapping whole wheat flour for all purpose, some honey for granulated sugar, and some coconut oil for butter, the calories slightly decrease and fat decreases by half! Note: Nutrition facts calculated on www.myfit

Dessert 2: Brownies

Whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and honey team up again in these incredibly moist and dense cake-like brownies.
Whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and honey team up again in these incredibly moist and dense cake-like brownies. | Source

These brownies are sooooo yummy. Thick and chewy and oh so good warm. Sometimes we fancy them up with chopped walnuts and a sprinkling of chocolate chips right when they come out of the oven. A special treat.

How to Make Whole Wheat Brownies

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Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 40 min

Ready in: 1 hour

Yields: 9 thick brownies

Whole Wheat Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup plus 1 heaping Tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 10 Tablespoons your choice oil (We like 5 Tablespoons coconut oil + 5 Tablespoons butter)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla
  • 3 eggs

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together (flour, salt, baking powder).
  3. In large microwaveable bowl, place chocolate chips, oil, and butter. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir.
  4. Into chocolate mix sugars, honey, and vanilla. Then whisk in eggs one at a time.
  5. Slowly pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Mix together. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake 35-45 minutes (for our oven it takes 40 minutes). Test with a toothpick.
  7. Let cool in pan for about an hour or enjoy right away!

Dessert 3: Cake

This incredibly moist chocolate cake combines whole wheat flour with coconut oil, soured milk, honey and coffee!
This incredibly moist chocolate cake combines whole wheat flour with coconut oil, soured milk, honey and coffee! | Source

This cake is incredibly moist. The coffee flavor doesn't actually come through, rather it enhances the chocolate, if you will. Unlike traditional cake, this doesn't rise quite as much. So, when serving, simply flip the cake upside down onto a plate or cake stand, then dust with a little powdered sugar and no one will know.

How to Make Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake

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  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 40 min
  • Ready in: 55 min
  • Yields: 8 slices of cake

Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake

  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup + 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk, mixed with 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup black coffee
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a springform or 9 inch round pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, brown sugar).
  3. Microwave for 1 minute honey and coffee. If coffee is already hot, just mix the honey in. Let sit.
  4. Beat remaining wet ingredients together either by hand or with a mixer for two minutes (egg, milk with lemon juice, coconut oil, vanilla).
  5. Mix dry into wet ingredients. Then add the coffee. Beat together. The batter will be very thin, so be careful it doesn't splatter. Pour into prepared pan.
  6. Bake 22-25 minutes. Cool in pan about 10 minutes. Then remove from pan gently by placing a plate on top of the cake, then tipping the plate and cake over as you gently tap the cake out of the pan. Let cool.
  7. Optional: Add a sprinkle of chocolate chips just before putting the cake in the oven. Dust cake with confectioner's sugar to hide any "blemishes" on the cake if desired.
Each of these three desserts are 100% whole wheat and taste incredibly delicious.  Which will you try first?
Each of these three desserts are 100% whole wheat and taste incredibly delicious. Which will you try first? | Source

Whole Wheat Chocolate Desserts

These three desserts have become our go-to treats! When we were first married, Rob used to have a Little Debbie treat in his lunch almost every day per his request. Now, he has one of these. While each of these desserts still has fat and lots of sugar, we feel better knowing all the ingredients in each came from our pantry. We have enjoyed experimenting with amounts of different sugars and fats and will continue to do so. These recipes are works in progress! If you try or tweak one, please stop by to let us know your results.

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Looks good. I'll have to give it a try.

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      thefedorows 2 years ago from the Midwest

      Larry, thank you for reading!

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      Nichol marie 2 years ago from The Country-Side

      VEry Delicious hub and great instructions thanks for sharing.

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      Quan Duong 2 years ago from NY, Hanoi

      These look fantastic! And a very innovative approach at showing pictures (thumbnails side by side where readers can click on and see steps one after another).

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Congrats on the HOTD! These recipes look interesting to try, since I eat whole wheat bread and tortillas. Voted up!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Congratulations on the HOTD! There recipes are inviting to be made. Thanks for sharing. Happy Easter! Shared in fb.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      They look wonderful. I will try these recipes soon. I try to use healthier alternative ingredients whenever I can. Voted up ++

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      thefedorows 2 years ago from the Midwest

      chuckandus6, Thank you for leaving a comment! Happy to hear the directions are helpful.

      Quan Duong, What a kind comment about the thumbnail photos. Glad you found them innovative and useful.

      Kristen Howe, Thank you for the congrats! Please let us know if you try them!

      Thelma Alberts, Thank you for the congrats and fb share! Happy Easter to you as well.

      CatherineGiordano, Thank you for your comment! We do hope you try one of these soon and enjoy it as much as we do.

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      peachy 16 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love your choc chip cookies, looks very easy to follow an congrats for getting the badge

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