Guilt-Free Golden Door Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from The Golden Door Cooks Light and Easy by Chef Michael Stroot (Gibbs Smith, 2003)

Yes, they do make and eat chocolate chip cookies at the famed Golden Door Spa. Using fruit puree instead of butter and cream is an easy and nutritious way to maintain texture and flavor and cut the fat. Leftover prune puree can be used for other baked goods; store it covered in the refrigerator for four to five days. Or, to save time, use packaged prune puree or baby-food prune puree.

For the prune puree:
1 1/2 cups pitted prune
2 cups water

For the cookies:
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup sifted unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 egg whites
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Combine the prunes and water in a small pot set over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 40 minutes, or until the prunes are very soft. Drain, then transfer to a blender or food processor fitted with a metal blade and process until smooth. Strain the prune puree through a fine mesh sieve and set aside to cool.

2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and brush with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil each.

3. Place the oats into a dry skillet set over medium heat; toast, shaking the pan lightly, for three minutes, or until lightly browned. Combine the toasted oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl; mix well.

4. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whip, beat the brown sugar, eggs and egg whites at high speed, until the eggs are frothy and doubled in volume. Add the canola oil, vanilla, buttermilk and 2/3 cup of the prune puree; mix well.

5. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture, and blend well. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate chips. Spoon heaping tablespoons of dough about one inch apart on the prepared baking sheets; bake for 15 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.


Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga5 years ago

if it is really guiltfree it is vegan which it isnt

Jennifer C.
Past Member 7 years ago

Yummy! Thanks.

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T7 years ago

Amazing recipe, thank you

Kristi Cooke
Kristi Cooke8 years ago

Wow, I just came across this article & recipe and had to comment. No offense, but replacing butter or fat with prune puree just adds carbs to an already carb-sweet recipe. You are much better off slowing those simple carbs down with some healthy organic butter, or coconut oil if you're vegan. And canola oil is NOT a healthy fat, in spite of it being promoted a lot on this site. Prune puree can be a great substition for other sweeteners, but don't replace fats with it. We really need good, healthy fats and fewer simple carbs. Try Elana's Pantry website for healthy chocolate chip cookies made with either coconut or grapeseed oil, sweetened with a little agave. Much healthier! Sorry Melissa. :(

Kristi Cooke
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Claudia L.
Claudia L.8 years ago

these do sound v healthy, like to try them

Adam R.
Past Member 8 years ago

Wrote down this recipe, cannot wait to try it out...sounds good doesn't it..thanks for a vegan recipe.
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Jennifer H.
Jennifer H9 years ago

Not that hard to make vegan buttermilk:
For every cup needed start with 1.5-2 tsp white vinegar or lemon juice with enough soy or almond milk added to make a cup (so for this recipe, probably 1/2 tsp vinegar w/ enough soy or almond milk added to make the 1/4 cup needed). Set aside to curdle while you get the rest of your ingredients together.

As an aside, I eat a largely vegetarian diet, have limited my eggs and dairy, and try to only buy from local, humane producers. That said, I think we can respect people's efforts at making small steps towards being healthier and more environmentally responsible and not jump on them for using all of 1/4 cup buttermilk in their cookies.