These healthy oatmeal cookies are made with whole wheat flour and oats. They’re just as delicious as your favorite chewy oatmeal cookies, but with healthier ingredients!
Let’s be honest here. These oatmeal cookies are cookies. Yes, they’re made with oatmeal. Yes, they have lots of healthy fats in them. But… they’re still cookies. These healthier oatmeal cookies are delicious, and they’re better for you than a lot of other desserts. So let’s call it even.
I love to bake when I need to de-stress and clear my head from the zillions of e-mails and lines on my to-do list. 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.
Tips for healthy oatmeal cookies
- This recipe makes about 10 cookies, but try to avoid crowding the cookie sheet. If you have a large pan, you can bake them all at once. If you’re using a small sheet, you may need to bake two batches.
- I bake my cookies on parchment paper because I don’t want to worry about them sticking to the pan. If you don’t use parchment paper, make sure you use a nonstick baking tray.
- Be sure to use melted coconut oil, so it’s easier to mix. But if you need to heat the oil to melt it, let it cool slightly before adding to the dough. Just be careful not to combine hot coconut oil with the egg white, or you may accidentally cook the egg white!
Are healthy oatmeal cookies gluten-free?
These oatmeal cookies are not gluten-free, but you can substitute the whole wheat flour for gluten-free flour, if you like. I wouldn’t recommend trying this with coconut or almond flour, but a traditional 1 to 1 gluten-free flour should work as a substitute. Also, be sure to check that your oats are gluten-free if you have an allergy!Print
These healthier oatmeal cookies are made with whole wheat flour and oats. They’re just as delicious as your favorite chewy oatmeal cookies, but with healthier ingredients!
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup whole grain oats
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Combine the sugar, oil, egg white, and vanilla together.
- Then add in the salt, baking soda, oats and flour and mix until combined.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Drop in rounded tablespoons onto a cookie sheet. I usually make about 10 medium sized cookies.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Let cool slightly, then transfer from the baking sheet to a cooling rack.
This makes a small batch of cookies, usually between 8-10 depending on the size of the cookies. You can double this recipe if you want to make a bigger batch!
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These are so deliciously chewy. Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies might be my favorite cookie ever.
Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Substitutions
- I like using coconut sugar because it’s a little less refined, but it’s still sugar. If you want to swap in brown sugar, that’s totally fine.
- Any chocolate chips are delicious but I like using dark chocolate chips because it gives you a richer flavor. Semi-sweet is tasty as well!
- If you don’t have whole wheat flour, feel free to use all-purpose flour instead.
Dig in, and remind yourself that while you’re eating a cookie, you’re also eating whole grains and all that. Store these cookies in an airtight container for 4-5 days at room temperature. You can also freeze these cookies if you’d like to store them longer.
Looking for another healthier cookie recipe? These peanut butter cookies are one of my favorites!
What’s your favorite type of cookie?
This post was originally published in November 2013. Updated July 2018.