These Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are warm, gooey, and so delicious! They are loaded with oats, coconut, and chocolate chips and finished off with just a touch of sea salt.
The best kinds of desserts are the ones you can eat for breakfast, as a mid-morning snack, as an afternoon snack, for dessert, (and maybe even for a late-night snack too), and not feel bad about it at all.
These healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are that dessert. They are delicious, SUPER easy to make, and secretly healthy. Trust me. You need these in your life!
For other secretly healthy treats, check out my 16 Easy Healthy Make Ahead Dessert Recipes.
- Flaxseed Meal and Water – aka a “flax egg.” Flax meal and water bind together and act as an egg substitute common in vegan baking.
- Coconut Oil – the butter replacement.
- Brown Sugar – adds a rich, molasses-y flavor to the cookies.
- Vanilla Extract – gives more flavor and depth while also bringing out the richness of the brown sugar.
- Old-Fashioned Oats – ground up, these act as flour in the cookie and whole, they help to bulk up the dough.
- Shredded Coconut – provides the cookie with more texture and volume. They also provide a bit of sweetness, since not much sugar is used in this recipe.
- Baking Soda – gives a little lift.
- Cinnamon – for a hint of sweet spiciness.
- Salt – brings out the other flavors within the cookie.
- Dark Chocolate Chips – add bulk and that chocolate-y sweetness we all know and love.
- Maldon Sea Salt – rounds out the sweetness of the cookie with a sharp, salty finish.
How to make healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
These healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are so easy to make and taste SO yummy!
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together flaxseed meal and water. Let sit.
- Add in coconut oil, brown sugar, and vanilla then mix.
- Mix in all other ingredients.
- Use a small cookie scoop to place the dough on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat.
- Bake, sprinkle with Maldon sea salt,and devour!
Only four, super simple super steps and you’ve whipped up a delicious, healthy treat you can enjoy any time of the day!
What is a flax egg?
A flax egg is a vegan substitution for a chicken egg. It’s used in vegan or eggless baking to act as a binder.
When flaxseed meal is mixed with water, usually at a 1:3 ratio (example: 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal: 3 tablespoons water), it forms a gooey, gel-like texture. This works great to bind together the ingredients in whatever you’re baking—in this case, cookies!
How to make a flax egg
- Mix 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal with 6 tbsps water to make two “eggs.”
- Let sit for 10-15 minutes.
You’ll notice the texture starting to form as the flaxseed meal starts to soak up the water. And that’s it! Super simple and super easy!
How to store your healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week, in the fridge for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for up to three months.
To get that fresh-baked taste and texture back, simply pop the cookies in the microwave until heated through!
Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Equipment for this recipe
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
- 6 tablespoons water
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups ground oats *
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips/chunks
- Maldon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone mat.
- In a large bowl, mix together flaxseed meal and water. Let sit for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the coconut oil, brown sugar, and vanilla.
- Stir in the ground oats, old fashioned oats, coconut, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are cooked to your liking.
- Sprinkle with sea salt.
- Cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.