Whole Wheat & Finger Millet (Ragi) Chocolate Cookies

Whole Wheat And Finger Millet (Ragi) Chocolate Cookies

Try these Healthy Whole Wheat & Finger Millet (Ragi) Chocolate Cookies, made with Finger millet (Ragi) flour, along with whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, and sweetened with jaggery powder & a hint of Nutella!!

 

Presenting my ninth recipe under “My Julie & Julia Project” for this year. For those who don’t know, I have started this project under which I will be posting 100 recipes from my kitchen by the end of the year 2019. This is the Recipe #9. Here is the link to “My Julie & Julia Project” post:

Julie & Julia – Starting my journey

The last recipe that I had posted on my blog, which was “Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies – With Whole Wheat Flour” has been a super duper hit. There are few food groups on social media where I posted that, and to my amazement, that recipe got maximum love and reviews. Lot of people have tried making them, and were really happy with the result. If you missed that one, here is a link to the same:

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies – With Whole Wheat Flour

Ragi Chocolate Cookies – The Inspiration

The classic whole wheat chocolate chip cookies hardly take any time to make. Now I am so used to baking it, that if I have all the ingredients available at home, I am able to bake the cookies in no time.

So, after the successful attempts of the classic cookies, I wanted to try my hands on a healthier version of cookies. I have been wanting to bake with Finger Millet flour (also called Ragi). And here in this recipe, I have used Whole Wheat flour along with Finger Millet flour.

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When Myra was around two years old, she was picky in her eating habits, so I had to try my hands at different kinds of baby food. I had tried lots of savory pancakes, and in sweets, I tried different cookies, cakes and cupcakes, and experimented with varied flours. Once she grew up, she started developing love for more food items, and my experiments with other flours were dimmed. Now, with a platform in the form of this blog, I can reach out to a lot of people, especially mothers, who want to try healthy bakes for their kids.

Ragi Chocolate Cookies
Ragi Chocolate Cookies

Ragi Chocolate Cookies – Health Benefits

The health benefits of finger millet are widely known. Starting from being an excellent source of calcium and iron, it is also gluten-free, which makes it great for those trying to lose weight. It is also beneficial for people who suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure and heart weaknesses. The list of benefits is really long. For growing children, finger millet is considered a super food. So, hello there mommies!!

My love for Trader Joe’s products is apparent from my earlier posts, and I am using Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder in this recipe. I am using jaggery powder as sweetener instead of refined sugar, so that adds another nutritious touch to the cookies.

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So, without further taking your time, I’ll go straight to the recipe. Happy baking!!

Ragi Chocolate Cookies

Whole Wheat And Ragi Chocolate Cookies Recipe

Kanwaldeep Kaur
Try these Healthy Whole Wheat & Finger Millet (Ragi) Chocolate Cookies, made with Finger millet (Ragi) flour, along with whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, and sweetened with jaggery powder & a hint of Nutella!!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Indian
Servings 13 Cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup Butter unsalted
  • 1 cup Jaggery powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1 cup Whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup Finger Millet Flour (Ragi)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/3 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder Unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp Nutella

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degree F.
  • Meanwhile, mix the butter and the jaggery powder till you see a smooth blend. I prefer to mix by hand, since I don't use a mixer. Because we are not using completely melted butter, so a whisk or spatula is not helpful in this case.
  • Add in the egg to this mixture. Stir till you see a uniform mixture of ingredients.
  • Now add vanilla essence to the above mixture. The wet ingredients mixture is now ready.
  • For the dry ingredients, add whole wheat flour, finger millet flour (ragi), baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder to the wet mixture.
  • Finally add Nutella and give it a good mix with hand. The dough will be a little loose at this stage, so it is advisable to put the dough in the fridge for at least 5-10 minutes.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Take around 2 tbsp of cookie dough and roll into a ball. Then flatten the dough ball and place on the baking tray. I was able to make 13 cookies with the prepared dough.
  • Bake the cookies for 10 minutes in the preheated oven.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven, and allow them to cool for at least 5-10 minutes.
  • The whole wheat and ragi chocolate cookies are now ready to be served warm or these can be stored in an air-tight container!!

Notes

  • Whole Wheat Flour – Feel free to replace whole wheat flour with the same quantity of all-purpose flour. If the cookie dough feels a little loose, add ~ 1/4th cup more of all-purpose flour.
  • Jaggery Powder – If Jaggery Powder is not available, you can replace it with equal amount of refined sugar.
  • Egg – To make the recipe eggless, I would advise to replace the egg with either of these two options:
    • Chia Seed Gel (Mix 1 Tbsp powdered Chia seeds with 3 Tbsp water, and let it soak for 5 minutes)
    • Flax Seed Gel (Mix 1 Tbsp powdered Flax seeds with 3 Tbsp water, and let it soak for 5 minutes)
PS – For eggless version, powdered seeds are preferred. But if not available, you can use whole seeds for soaking!
Keyword chocolate, healthy cookies, jaggery powder, nutella, ragi, ragi biscuits, whole wheat

Method (Step-by-step with pictures)

  • Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Meanwhile, mix the butter and the jaggery powder till you see a smooth blend. I prefer to mix by hand since I don’t use a mixer. Because we are not using completely melted butter, so a whisk or spatula is not helpful in this case.
  • Add in the egg to this mixture. Stir till you see a uniform mixture of ingredients.
  • Now add vanilla essence to the above mixture. The wet ingredients mixture is now ready.
  • For the dry ingredients, add whole wheat flour, finger millet flour (ragi), baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder to the wet mixture.
  • Finally add Nutella and give it a good mix with hand. The dough will be a little loose at this stage, so it is advisable to put the dough in the fridge for at least 5-10 minutes .
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Take around 2 tbsp of cookie dough and roll into a ball. Then flatten the dough ball and place on the baking tray. I was able to make 13 cookies with the prepared dough.
  • Bake the cookies for 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove the cookies from the oven, and allow them to cool for at least 5-10 minutes.

The whole wheat and finger millet chocolate cookies are now ready to be served warm or these can be stored in an air-tight container!!

17 thoughts on “Whole Wheat & Finger Millet (Ragi) Chocolate Cookies

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  1. Hi Kanwaldeep,

    Instead of Nutella could I replace it with something else or entirely leave it out?

    Regards,
    Madhuri

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