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.
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.
At just 90 calories a piece, I promise you can enjoy these guilt-free! Heck, enjoy three of them.
These cookies have the perfect balance of chewy oats, omega-3 packed walnuts and just enough chocolate chips to satisfy the sweet tooth.
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.
No forks required.
Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip 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.
42 thoughts on “Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies”
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!
I’m so glad you enjoyed them Dawn!
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
hahah I hope he loves them!!
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!!
Glad you enjoyed them! :)
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?
The honey acts as a binding agent so instead I’d use fewer chocolate chips. :)
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??
I would use rolled old fashioned oats! I hope you love these! If so please give 5 stars. :)
I just made these cookies and they taste super salty :/
Anyone else have this issue or possibly know why?
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!
Do you tho k you could make these with almond flour instead of the wheat?
I’ve never tried it so I can’t tell you for sure – sorry!
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!!
I haven’t made these in ages – thanks for the reminder! We love these!
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.
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!!
BAking these for the second time around right this minute! They are easy & yummy!!
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).
Let me know what you think!! We love flax! Be sure to buy the meal so you can absorb the benefits.
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
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. :)
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!
Love that you added flaxseed – you’re my gal!!! xo
I am loving the low calorie count on these cookies. And you’re right…they’re meant for any day of the year!
Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are my favorite! I love that you made them healthier!!
These are one of my favorite ways to kick a chocolate chip cookie craving!!! Let me know if you give them a try!
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.
These cookies are the perfect win win! Let me know if you try them!
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!
You are too kind! I enjoyed three- lol.
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 :)
What an AWESOME tip!! Can’t wait to try it that way!! Thank you!!
Great recipe!!! I am loving the flax and walnuts – I bet it adds such a nice crunch!
So glad someone appreciates my obsession with walnuts and flax – haha. :) You should definitely try these – so good!
Skinny jeans-approved! Love it :)
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!
omg – I love peanut butter!! I bet they are fantastic!!
These look SO INCREDIBLE.
Thank you my friend – they are my favorite way to kick a cookie craving to the curb. :)
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!