The Perfect Outdoor Companion: Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
I came up with the recipe for these healthy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies as a make-ahead treat I could take on our outdoor excursions. You don’t need to be into clean eating to fall in love with them either. They are everything any good oatmeal cookie should be. They are perfectly chewy, sweet and soft. And there’s no reason not to have seconds.
How to Make Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal aside, can these healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies really be clean? Yes, without a doubt. Here are the 6 big things that make this recipe far and above the others.
#1: Whole Grain, Gluten Free Flour is the BEST!
The healthy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies in the recipe below use one of my favorite 1-for-1 whole grain King Arthur gluten free flour. The whole grain ingredients are: rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, whole grain brown rice flour. You can learn more about flours here.
#2: Use Old Fashioned Oats Instead of Quick Oats
The whole grain found in using old fashioned oats contributes to the soft, chewy texture and gives a great fiber boost too. Of course, if you have quick oats – they will work, they just won’t be as nutritious!
#3: Skip Refined Sugar – Use Coconut Sugar!
The coconut palm sugar in my healthy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies is a perfect substitute for empty calorie brown sugar. Although I wouldn’t classify it as a superfood, unlike refined sugar, coconut palm sugar helps prevent blood sugar spikes. And I only use a smidgen over 1/4 cup of the coconut palm sugar for the entire recipe, which is not a lot considering conventional chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipes call for over a cup of sugar.
#4: Choose Organic, Pasture-Raised Eggs
Don’t be confused about buying the best eggs. It’s quite simple and here is our philosophy. However, as long as you eat eggs from pasture-raised chickens that are eating a natural chicken diet (which is NOT vegetarian, by the way), then eggs are absolutely a super healthy food choice. I know conventional cookie recipes typically don’t call for eggs, but I use eggs in my cookies as a binder and also to add moisture.
#5: Add Flavor and Nutrients Using Coconut Oil
A truly healthy cookie should contain almost zero animal fat. This can be achieved by swapping extra virgin coconut oil for butter.
#6: Pick Up Dark Chocolate Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips
Of course you can’t make Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies without some chocolate chips. We love these Enjoy Life chocolate chips because they are dairy free, available in most grocers and delicious.
Can’t Have Cookies Without the Milk!
My husband loves to dunk his cookies into milk. You can quickly and easily make a tall glass of Homemade Almond Milk in seconds in a high speed blender. Almond milk is so delicious with this recipe and certainly worth giving a try.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
4.7 from 3 reviews
Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are delicious and chewy. Old fashioned oats, gluten free flour, coconut sugar and healthy coconut oil.
Author: Aimee Harris Niedosik
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Diet: Gluten Free
1 cup organic coconut oil
1 1/2 cups coconut palm sugar
2 pastured eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup 1-for-1 gluten free flour
1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup dairy free dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup finely chopped raw walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or use our favorite stoneware baking pan.
In a large bowl, add the coconut oil (or butter) and coconut palm sugar and beat for 2-3 minutes with a hand mixer or stand mixer.
Next, add the 2 eggs and vanilla and beat for another 2-3 minutes.
To the large batter bowl, add the flour, salt, baking soda, spices and oats and stir with a wood spoon (do not use the mixer).
To the bowl, add dark chocolate chips and walnuts. Stir until well combined.
For large cookies, use a large scoop with approximately 3 tablespoons. If you want smaller cookies, you can use a small scoop just keep an eye on the oven! Flatten the cookies slightly with the back of a wet spoon.
Bake the cookies for 13 to 15 minutes, until they are golden brown and almost firm to the touch. Cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for about 5 minutes, then remove the cookies from the baking sheet and continue to let them cool on a rack.
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