There aren’t too many things more delicious than a pazookie in this world, let alone one that can fit in the palm of your hand! For those of you who are thinking “Pa-zoo-what??” just trust me. They’ll change your life. Warm and gooey oatmeal chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream or yogurt and a drizzle of honey or chocolate. Easy way to impress your friends at a get together.
The chia seed cookie is a particular specialty of mine. They were my first successful experiments in healthifying an old favorite recipe for regular oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Chia seeds are used to form a gel that acts as a fat substitute, one that works better than most fat substitutes in maintaining the original flavor and adding moisture to the final product. In addition, these cookies are made with only whole wheat flour and half of the sugar the original recipe calls for.
If pazookies aren’t your end goal, these are a classic cookie favorite by healthy and less healthy humans alike. It was not an uncommon occurrence to hear a unanimous roar of excitement from my high school cross country team whenever my mom baked a batch for us at our races.
Chia Seed Cookie Mini Pazookies
1 cube of butter
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
Cream together then add:
1 cup chia gel (see instructions below)
Cream once more then add:
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla
4 cups wheat flour
5 cups oats (add gradually)
Form dough then fold in the most important ingredient:
1 cup dark chocolate chips
Bake at 375° F for 8-11 minutes
*If making pazookies, bake the cookies in individual cupcake liners inside of a muffin tin. Cook for less time (around 6 minutes) to keep them soft and gooey. Place a scoop of yogurt and a drizzle of honey on top of each pazookie for a healthier alternative to ice cream and hot fudge.