Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center Recipe of The Month – White bean chocolate chip cookies

White beans add protein and fiber while dark chocolate and cranberries add antioxidants to give this common fall favorite a nutritious boost!

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Yield: 36 servings.Stacked cookies: white bean cookie recipe.


  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) great northern, cannellini or any white beans (no salt added), drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries

(Try using reduced, or no-sugar-added dried cranberries!)


  1. Heat the oven to 350°F and spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray
  2. Mix oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl
  3. Puree beans with applesauce until smooth
  4. Mix bean puree, butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in another bowl
  5. Beat oat and flour mixture into bean mixture
  6. Stir in dark chocolate chips and dried cranberries
  7. Drop one heaping tablespoon of batter per cookie onto the baking sheets
  8. Bake 15-17 minutes until edges are golden and centers are firm

Nutrition Information / Amount per serving:

Calories – 121

Total fat – 3 g

Saturated fat – 1.5 g

Cholesterol – 12 mg

Sodium – 51 mg

Protein – 2.5 g

Total Carbohydrates – 21 g

Dietary Fiber – 1.5 g

Sugar – 10 g

Added Sugar – 6 g

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