Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time13 minutes
Total Time23 minutes

A healthy version of a family favorite, these healthy chocolate chip cookies are heavy on the oats, not on the butter or flour and can be made in less than 30 minutes.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Chocolate chip cookies are just the best, am I right? With that said, I have a confession to make: these chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are not holiday cookies. These are any-time-of-the-year cookies.

Liz Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies

At just 90 calories a piece, I promise you can enjoy these guilt-free! Heck, enjoy three of them.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

These cookies have the perfect balance of chewy oats, omega-3 packed walnuts and just enough chocolate chips to satisfy the sweet tooth.

Liz Baking Cookies

Fortunately, this cookie recipe only requires 3 tablespoons of butter and has a healthy dose of whole wheat flour and flax seed meal to give you an all access pass to Guilt Free Cookie Land.

You’re welcome.

No forks required.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These healthy chocolate chip cookies are heavy on the oats, not on the butter or flour and can be made in less than 30 minutes.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 13 minutes
TOTAL: 23 minutes
Servings30 Cookies


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups oats
  • ½ cup walnuts (chopped)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with silicone baking sheet or spray with non-stick spray.
  • In an electric mixer, beat together softened butter, honey, brown sugar, water and egg.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, flax seed meal, baking soda, salt and oats.
  • With the mixer on medium speed, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet using a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides periodically.
  • When ingredients have just combined, remove from the mixer and stir in walnuts and chocolate chips.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, scoop the dough onto baking sheets and bake until just browned, 11-13 minutes. Let cool before removing from the pan.


Be careful not to over bake these cookies. They are best cooked until just browned and then allowed to cool completely before eating.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 90kcalCarbohydrates: 12.8gProtein: 1.5gFat: 4.1gSaturated Fat: 1.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 53mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 8.1g

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42 responses to “Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Dawn Avatar

    Yay! I found an awesome oatmeal cookie recipe! I tweaked it only a bit by adding raisins as well as the chips and walnuts, some vanilla and I used Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener instead of the honey and sugar. They baked perfectly in 11 minutes. I compressed them just a bit before baking and once I let them cool completely from the over they held together perfectly, so I was able to forgo the honey. Thank you!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them Dawn!

  2. Lisa Painter Avatar
    Lisa Painter

    Great healthier recipe thank you! I also added Watkins vanilla and it made 18 1 tbsp-sized, and 7additional 2 tbsp-sized cookies ….real taste test will be hubby coming g home after work soon? Sure these cookies will disappear in our tummies….lol

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      hahah I hope he loves them!!

      1. Lisa Painter Avatar
        Lisa Painter

        No hubby does not like them….said too healthy….coming from a man surviving cancer and heart disease…I will keep trying to eat healthier. I also added cinnamon to cookie batter…very tasty…more for me .lol and pass on to friends and neighbors! Thanks again!!

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          Glad you enjoyed them! :)

  3. dani Avatar

    I prefer less sweet deserts – I think the chocolate chips themselves might be enough for me. Thoughts one what would happen if I removed/reduced the honey and/or sugar?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      The honey acts as a binding agent so instead I’d use fewer chocolate chips. :)

  4. Rahma Avatar

    Hey, i am so glad i came across ur recipe been looking for a healthy cookie recipe since like forever. A query though, oats are rolled or can i use quick oats??

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I would use rolled old fashioned oats! I hope you love these! If so please give 5 stars. :)

  5. Katherine Avatar

    I just made these cookies and they taste super salty :/
    Anyone else have this issue or possibly know why?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Hi Katherine, We make these cookies at least once a month and they are perfect every time. By chance, did you accidentally use salted butter? The recipe calls for unsalted butter. Let me know – I’d love to help you brainstorm to make these a success!

  6. Ashley Avatar

    Do you tho k you could make these with almond flour instead of the wheat?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’ve never tried it so I can’t tell you for sure – sorry!

  7. Shannon Christopher Avatar
    Shannon Christopher

    Loved these – they have just the right amount of sweetness to them. I love that they have ww flour and flxseed meal. I don’t like nuts in my desserts so I ground up the walnots quite small and I like having the taste of walnut without the chunks. Thanks!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I haven’t made these in ages – thanks for the reminder! We love these!

  8. Dani Avatar

    Love this recipe but a yield of 30 cookies is a little inflated…I barely got 25 and that was at a tablespoon of dough per cookie.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Hmm… I make these all the time and always get 30! Did you use chopped walnuts? Wondering if I add more add-ins or maybe they are chopped thicker? Either way I hope you enjoyed them!!

  9. Rhonda Avatar

    BAking these for the second time around right this minute! They are easy & yummy!!

  10. Leah Avatar

    I am gonna try that. Gotta get some flax seeds. I have pomgrante and will throw some in it! Mmmm! No nuts for me (allergy and dislike).

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Let me know what you think!! We love flax! Be sure to buy the meal so you can absorb the benefits.

      1. Leah Avatar

        What do you mean be sure buy meal? I got it as a seeds. I’ve seen ground ones. I’ve heard a lot positives on flax seeds. :) and of course ill let you know how it is! My boys may not like. Lol

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          Leah – Flax seeds are great whole but unfortunately, the go in and out of the body without being aborbed which means you don’t get any of the nutritional benefits like omega 3’s. If you use flax seed meal (same thing as ground flax seed), your body gets all of the benefits!! You can grind it yourself in a food processor or blender which is why in smoothies, it doesn’t matter if it’s whole or ground. Of course, they are great for crunch whole but you might as well get the health benefits. :)

  11. Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama Avatar
    Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama

    Made these today and they are delicious! I added another tablespoon of flaxseed and increased the water to 1/4 cup and added 1 Tbs molasses. I omitted the egg and used maple syrup instead of honey. Yummy!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Love that you added flaxseed – you’re my gal!!! xo

  12. Cookin Canuck Avatar
    Cookin Canuck

    I am loving the low calorie count on these cookies. And you’re right…they’re meant for any day of the year!

  13. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction Avatar

    Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are my favorite! I love that you made them healthier!!

    1. Liz Della Croce Avatar
      Liz Della Croce

      These are one of my favorite ways to kick a chocolate chip cookie craving!!! Let me know if you give them a try!

  14. Julia Avatar

    I love the healthy twist on these cookies! I keep telling myself it is time to start baking healthier cookies and like you said…fit into those skinny jeans! :) Great recipe- can’t wait to try it.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      These cookies are the perfect win win! Let me know if you try them!

  15. foodwanderings Avatar

    How come your cookies look so scrumptious and mine fall flat?! :( Even my oatmeal ones, someone once said they wish for the traditional. :) Your look mighty delicious and I bet I could enjoy not only one but two!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You are too kind! I enjoyed three- lol.

    2. tawnyacheney Avatar

      add 1/2 tsp of baking powder for fluffier cookies ;) this recipe was great! my only change was I add 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/4c of peanut butter :)

      1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
        Liz DellaCroce

        What an AWESOME tip!! Can’t wait to try it that way!! Thank you!!

  16. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) Avatar
    Alyssa (Everyday Maven)

    Great recipe!!! I am loving the flax and walnuts – I bet it adds such a nice crunch!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So glad someone appreciates my obsession with walnuts and flax – haha. :) You should definitely try these – so good!

  17. Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete Avatar
    Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete

    Skinny jeans-approved! Love it :)

  18. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain Avatar
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    Yep! Definitely need to action these. My grandmother made cookies that were similar that had a whole jar of peanut butter in the batter…yikes! These look much healthier and delicious!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      omg – I love peanut butter!! I bet they are fantastic!!

  19. claire @ the realistic nutritionist Avatar
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist

    These look SO INCREDIBLE.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you my friend – they are my favorite way to kick a cookie craving to the curb. :)

  20. EA-The Spicy RD Avatar
    EA-The Spicy RD

    Ooo…theses look yummy! Can you believe I still haven’t baked any cookies yet this holiday season??? Definitely want to try makin a gluten-free version of these yummy cookies!

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Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.