Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies | Cookie Monster Cooking

I’m not really a healthy dessert kind of girl.  With the exception of fruit, I’d rather eat decadent desserts in moderation.  You know, lots of chocolate or crumb topping.  Or plenty of ice cream on occasion.  Otherwise, I’d rather not waste my time (well, calories really).  You get my point.  But when my friend from college (hi niki!) sent me an email with a recipe request for a healthier chocolate chip cookie, I was more than happy to accept the challenge.

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies | Cookie Monster Cooking

It’s taken quite a bit of time (and cookies!) to get it right, but I’m finally ready to share.  These cookies are actually packed full of things that are so much better for you than regular chocolate chip cookies (hello lots of butter and sugar!).  These cookies have a good amount of ground flaxseed, plenty of oats, whole wheat pastry flour or almond meal, along with natural sweeteners and a little bit of coconut oil.  No butter in sight.

And the best part?  They actually taste good.  While these are clearly not an overly indulgent type of cookie, they are pretty darn delicious if I do say so myself.  And trust me, I taste tested quite a few.  They are more on the soft and cake-like side of cookies, so don’t expect anything super chewy.  They are a little less sweet than a regular chocolate chip cookie, but still filled with plenty of oats and chocolate to satisfy a craving.  Another bonus?  No need to bust out the mixer to make these.  Just a few bowls and your whisk.

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies | Cookie Monster Cooking

And they’re especially hard to resist when still warm from the oven…

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield: about 13 to 15 cookies
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour OR 1 cup almond meal*
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil**
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat pastry flour (or almond meal), oats, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, honey, applesauce, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry and mix until just combined. Gently fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
  3. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of dough and drop onto the prepared cookie sheet (I used my large cookie scoop). Gently flatten the cookies slightly. You can space them pretty close together as they won’t really spread while baking. Bake for about 11 to 13 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool directly on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Make sure that you use either the whole wheat pastry flour OR the almond meal (do not use both!). We found that we slightly preferred the way these tasted with the almond meal - but still loved them with the pastry flour. It works great either way but the dough will be slightly wetter with the almond meal (again, it still works fine, just make sure you measure everything correctly).

*Melt the coconut oil first and then measure out the 3 tablespoons (otherwise you may use too much).

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  1. Hi! I have to first mention how much I love your blog. All the recipes I’ve tried so far have been fabulous.
    Now I sometimes have trouble getting some ingredients as they aren’t available where I live. Is there a substitute for the unsweetened applesauce? Or a way to make it at home perhaps?

  2. Okay… these are THE BEST COOKIES EVER. Ever.
    I’ve made them three times in the last two weeks and they will now and forever be my go-to cookie so long as I live. Thank you thank you thank you! They seriously are the best “healthy” cookie I’ve ever had and I’ve been on the hunt for a good recipe for a VERY long time. They are delicious with craisins as well!

    • This makes me so happy! Thank you for letting me know Kaitlyn! I’ll have to try it with craisins next time I make them!

  3. Thanks for a great recipe. It has become a new Favourite for me and my toddler! It feels so great to give her snacks that are so chock full of goodness! Thanks for the tip on the coconut oil – melting it really does make a difference when u are measuring out a tablespoon.

    • Hi Jules! So happy to hear this! Glad that you enjoy them! Yes – it definitely does (I learned the hard way the first time I used coconut oil!)

  4. These are crazy-good! They have a really well-rounded sweetness to them that satisfied my sugar craving perfectly. Thank you for creating these.

  5. YUM I love the idea of a healthier chocolate chip cookie. I am okay with cakey too. I’m craving one now :)

  6. I can definitely say these are delicious! Ashley brought these up to NJ for me since I am eating gluten free and still need my sweets. Thanks Ashley! I will be making these often.

  7. Ashley – I am totally with you on usually preferring the full-on dessert and just having it a little less often or in smaller quantity. That said, I’ve found that good-for-you can be very tasty too. And since I don’t want to only have dessert once a week, I’m all for lighter treats that are still yummy and satisfying. Looks like you did that here!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says:

      Thanks Monica! I think after making these I’m starting to see that there can be tasty lighter desserts!

  8. Love how you lightened this up some. Lately I have been eating decadent desserts but sometimesI want something lighter, but not as light as fruit, you know what I mean? This is perfect – thanks!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says:

      I never thought I’d actually want one of these for dessert, but I ended up really liking them! They’re definitely somewhere in between decadent and fruit : )

  9. So I’ve finally made up my mind to go on a diet! These will take care of my cravings! Gosh!!! These look divine!

  10. I love these! Healthier means I can eat more. ;) LOL!

  11. I’m always looking for ways to lighten up dessert recipes. I’m a huge junk food junkie so any time I can cut a few calories or some sugar, I’ll take it. These look great! No more chocolate chip cookie deprivation for me!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says:

      Thanks Kim! These are pretty filling too – which is nice … that way you don’t eat as many : ) haha

  12. Healthy cookies! :) yum! I love that this uses coconut oil!

  13. I adore chocolate chips cookies! Love this healthy version of it. Thanks for the recipe Ashley!

  14. I usually like to go all out and indulge when I eat sweets but I think this is the first healthy cookie I am tempted to make! Love how much flaxseed you used!

  15. Thank you for a recipe without the eggs!! One of my twins is allergic to eggs and I am always looking for great recipes she can enjoy!!

  16. Using applesauce for baking is the best thing ever! Whoever came up with that is a genius! ;)

  17. I love this version of healthier chocolate chip cookies and could totally see myself making them. I’ve tried coconut oil in cookies with similar cakey results. But with the oats and walnuts in yours, I definitely wouldn’t mind it! These would be great to bring hiking :)

  18. These sound great to me, Ashley. I would eat these for breakfast, too! I love breakfast cookies.

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says:

      We’ve been eating them for breakfast too : ) We had a lot of batches to go through after testing them so much haha

  19. Love what you’ve done here. Choc chip cookies are hard to resist but it’s worth to make them healthier if possible. Can’t wait to try!

  20. Aw, Ashley, these look fantastic! My attemps at heathy cookies never come out this great. I need to give these babies a try, I love healthified desserts that actually taste good :–)

  21. These sound fabulous! Sometimes I really need something sweet without all the calories!

  22. I’m the complete opposite…I have such a sweet tooth! Chocolate chip cookies just so happen to be one of my favs, so I’m loving this healthier version. Pinning this one! :-)

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says:

      haha I have a terrible sweet tooth too. I’ve been trying to reign it in lately – lots of homemade chocolate milk : ) I figure it’s milk right? lol

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