Healthy[-ish] Oatmeal Cookies

Let’s be honest here. These healthy oatmeal cookiesΒ are cookies. Yes, they’re made with oatmeal. Yes they have lots of healthy fats in them. But… they’re still cookies.Β That said these healthy oatmeal cookies are delicious, and they’re better for you than a lot of other desserts. So let’s call it even.


First, I have to start the post with what might be the most helpful thing in your baking arsenal.

How to soften brown sugar

That’s it. Seriously. Why did I not know this before? It would have saved the lives of a few bags of sugar, that’s for sure.

Now on to these cookies. I came home from work last night, and I needed some time to de-stress and clear my head from the zillions of e-mails and lines on my to-do list. We have a long weekend coming up, which is awesome, but it also means that 5 days of work get crammed into 4. Nothing calms me down like throwing on an apron and making a mess. So I spied the giant bag of oats sitting in my cabinet, and went to work. I definitely needed something with a little chocolate, but I tried to keep this light, while still making it delicious.


These came together pretty quickly. I baked them while cooking dinner, and it was really pretty simple. I also think these would make really delicious granola bars, although I’m not sure they would really qualify as a granola bar. For a really healthy breakfast cookie, see this recipe. Now back to these healthy oatmeal cookies.

Β Healthy Oatmeal cookies

Healthy[-ish] Oatmeal Cookies
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Serves: 9
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup whole grain oats
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips
  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Combine the first 6 ingredients together.
  3. Then add in the oats and flour and mix until combined. Stir in the walnuts and chocolate chips.
  4. Drop in rounded tablespoons onto a cookie sheet.
  5. I made 9 large cookies but you could easily make a dozen smaller ones.
  6. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned.

Dig in, and remind yourself that while you’re eating a cookie, you’re also eating whole grains and all that.

What’s your favorite type of cookie?


  1. I looove chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. My husband makes his recipe at least once a week. They are SO good and in no way healthy. πŸ™‚ I also really love a good butter cookie, melts in your mouth!

  2. These sounds great, Liz. I’m always up for some cookies! My favorite is definitely the plain chocolate chip cookie, but it has to be super soft and gooey!

  3. These sound great! Definitely healthier than most cookies. I love chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cookies the best!

  4. These look delightful!! And it’s all about balance!! These look healthy and tasty!! Great combo!!

  5. I discovered a good trick for keeping brown sugar soft.. I put a few pieces of bread in the container with the sugar and it keeps it soft! Just switch the bread every few days/weeks (depending on how often you use it). Love that tip for getting it soft again!

  6. Healthy, not healthy, healthy(ish) – don’t matter. I could eat a whole batch of these delicious cookies!

  7. Another way to keep brown sugar soft is to put a piece of white bread in the sugar bag! These cookies look great, I love oatmeal cookies.

  8. I think healthy- ish cookies are the best since you won’t feel guilty when you eat them for breakfast. πŸ™‚

  9. Thanks for the tip on softening brown sugar! I have wasted quite a few bags because of that too.

    These cookies look like the perfect cure after a busy day at work. I like that there’s minimal guilt involved too. πŸ˜‰

  10. I love original chocolate chip chewy gooey cookies the best although I make a mean oatmeal raisin chocolate chip!

  11. Definitely a toss up between an oatmeal cookie and a snickerdoodle…how bout a fusion of both? Wheels have started turning in my head!

  12. I love the “sort of” part! πŸ˜‰ These sounds super tasty, healthy or not. I LOVE oatmeal in my cookies :).

  13. Chocolate chip cookies or Florentines would probably be my favourite.

    These look delicious!!

  14. Oatmeal and chocolate chip—I’d eat these for breakfast, lunch, or dinner…forget dessert ;)!

  15. I seriously adore chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal cookies. They contain everything I love. Although white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies are also pretty bomb. I just love the heftiness of a good oat cookie!

  16. favorite cookie? does the question get any more difficult? i guess a chocolate chip/potato chip or white chocolate macedemia nut πŸ™‚

  17. You can also add a piece of bread to your brown sugar container to soften it. πŸ™‚ I hadn’t heard of the microwave suggestion before so I’ll have to keep it in mind.

  18. you can also make your own brown sugar that way you have just as much as you need. The only ingredients are white sugar and molasses

    • Oh That’s good to know! Sometimes it feels like I’m always missing that one ingredients so it’s nice to know of substitute options!

  19. My sister and I like oatmeal raisin cookies. I’ve been trying to get my sister to eat a little healthier, so this recipe is perfect! <3

  20. These cookies are fantastic! I added chia seeds to boost the already healthy-ish cookie and some currants. Oh, yes, yum!!!

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