Looking for a delicious oatmeal cookie recipe that packs whole grains and other real ingredients? Have your cookie and eat it, too! Get the best of both worlds with these Healthy Oatmeal Cookies — something healthy and something sweet.
Cookie lovers, we’ve got DOZENS of healthy cookie recipes here on Fit Foodie Finds. Starting with these healthy oatmeal cookies with mini chocolate chips. Enjoy!
Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
These oatmeal cookies have a bite to them. And? There has to be a chocolate chip in every bite. We substituted some of the processed sugar in this recipe with maple syrup and we use brown sugar to add a chew bite to the recipe.
why we love these cookies
These oatmeal cookies are easy to whip up and freeze for later.
They are lower in sugar than most oatmeal cookies!
You can freeze the cookie dough or the cookies themselves.
We love that you can add your favorite mix-ins to change up the recipe.
Ingredients You Need
- Rolled Oats: for these oatmeal cookies you need to pulverize them a bit! Do do this you can use a food processor or coffee grinder.
- All Purpose Flour: we needed to choose a flour that made these cookies a bit lighter when mixed with the oats so we decided on all purpose flour.
- Light Brown Sugar: brown sugar adds a bit of chewiness to these cookies.
- Cinnamon: what would an oatmeal cookie be without a bit of cinnamon? Don’t skip it!
- Mini Chocolate Chips: mini chocolate chips give you a chocolate chip in every bite.
- Eggs: don’t skip the eggs and be sure they are large eggs.
- Maple Syrup: we use a mixture of brown sugar and a mixture of maple syrup to sweeten these babies up.
- Vanilla Extract: love the bit of sweetness and flavor vanilla gives all cookies!
All-purpose flour—> 1:1 gluten free flour mix
Rolled oats—> quick cooking oats (you wouldn’t have to pulverize the oats if you use these)
Light brown sugar—> dark brow sugar will work, too.
Mini chocolate chips—> regular chocolate chips
Maple syrup—> we do not recommend substituting maple for honey in this recipe.
The sky is the limit when it comes to ingredient add-ins. You can add any of the ingredients below to these cookies or feel free to get created.
- Nuts (walnuts or pecans)
- White chocolate chips
How to Make Oatmeal Cookies
- Pulverize the oats. If you are using rolled oats, pulverize the rolled oats in a small food processor or a coffee grinder. Just be sure to rinse your coffee grinder before and after!
- Whisk dry ingredients together. Add all of the dry ingredients together (minus the brown sugar) and whisk them together until combined. Set aside for later.
- Cream the butter and sugar. Place the butter and sugar into a large bowl and mix for 3-5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Drizzle the maple syrup into the mixture and cream the maple into the sugar mixture.
- Add the egg. Crack the egg into the bowl and mix until just combined.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until combined and a cookie dough is formed.
- Refrigerate the cookie dough. Cover the cookie dough and refrigerate the cookie dough. This hydrates the flour in the dough and firms up the dough so they don’t spread on the cookie sheet. DON’T SKIP THIS STEP!
- Bake. Scoop the cookie dough onto the baking sheet and bake at 350ºF for 8-10 minutes.
Healthy Oatmeal Cookies FAQ
Yes, you can substitute a the large egg with a flax egg. Check out how to make a flax egg.
No, but you can make them gluten free by buy certified gluten free oats and using 1:1 gluten free flour instead of all purpose flour.
Keep these cookies in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, making sure they fully cool before storing.
Simply store in an air-tight container (large Ziplocs work great for this!), and write the date you made the cookies + the name of the cookies on the bag before placing in the freezer.
oatmeal cookie right now, remove a cookie from the freezer and place in the microwave for 1 minute on defrost, or until it’s chewy and delicious.
Yes, make the cookie dough as written in the recipe and the place it in a freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months.
Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Place oats into a food processor and blend for 15-20 seconds to lightly pulverize, shredding them into smaller pieces. If you're using quick cooking oats, omit this step.
- Add oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt to a bowl and mix well. Set aside.
- Using a standing mixer, cream butter and brown sugar together on medium/high speed until light and fluffy.
- Scrape the sides of the bowl and then turn the mixer on low speed and slowly add the maple syrup to the butter and sugar. Beat on medium/high until light and fluffy.
- Add egg and continue mixing. Scrape the sides of the bowl, add vanilla, and mix until light and fluffy.
- Slowly add dry ingredients (everything but the chocolate chips) to wet ingredients, 1/4 cup at a time, mixing on low. Last, fold in mini chocolate chips.
- Place the cookie dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to harden and to allow the flour in the cookie dough to hydrate.*
- Using a tablespoon cookie scoop, roll dough into ball and slightly flatten between your palms. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove cookies from oven, let cool, and enjoy!
Tips & Notes
- This recipe was updated on January 6th, 2022. Click here for the old recipe.
- Refrigerating the dough: don't skip refrigerating the cookie dough or you will run the risk of the cookie dough being too thin and spreading when baking.