09/07/2012 10:00 EDT | Updated 11/07/2012 05:12 EST

Chocolate chip cookies with lentils healthy and yummy lunch box treat

Pack some goodness into your kids’ school lunches with these delicious lentil cookies. The children won't be aware they contain a secret yet healthy ingredient: lentil puree.

To make lentil puree, puree 4 parts cooked lentils with 1 part water. You can stir the puree into any soup or stew.

Lentil Cookies

125 ml (1/2 cup) butter, softened

500 ml (2 cups) brown sugar, packed

1 egg

10 ml (2 tsp) vanilla

125 ml (1/2 cup) lentil puree

500 ml (2 cups) all-purpose flour

10 ml (2 tsp) baking powder

2 ml (1/2 tsp) salt

500 ml (2 cups) chocolate chips

Heat oven to 190 C (375 F).

Using a stand mixer or food processor to cream together butter and sugar until they are smoothly combined. Add egg, vanilla and lentil puree and continue until mixture is smooth.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt, evenly distributing the finer powders among the coarser ones. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.

Stir in chocolate chips. Roll into balls or drop by the spoonful, placing about 5 cm (2 inches) apart on a lightly oiled baking tray.

Bake for 12 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes, then serve.

Makes 24 cookies.

Source: Chef Michael Smith for Canadian Lentils,