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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies?

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Cookie Monster! The other day, I got an urge to make chocolate cookies. However, the only recipe I’d ever created was for Cookie Dough Balls.

So I turned to Google. The good ole search engine led me to a recipe on Post Punk Kitchen that used oat flour instead of all-purpose. Sounded good… except it also called for chia seeds and flax meal, neither or which I had on hand. So I decided to wing it, as usual.

I’m calling these healthy cookies “Not Guilty”s for two reasons: The first is that, besides being whole-grain, they’re also lower in sugar and oil than your average chocolate-chip cookie. Secondly, I don’t think a person should ever feel guilty when eating cookies, especially if they contain chocolate! Associating guilt with food just doesn’t sit well with me.

For my thoughts on food and guilt, see the following post: Diet is not Religion.

(Lucky for you, I did spare you from my ridiculous idea to do a photo-shoot with the cookies behind bars.)

vegan chocolate chip cookies

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  • 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup flour (I used 70g oat flour. You can use all-purpose or spelt, or Bob's gf.)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • up to 1/3 cup chocolate chips, depending on your preference
  • 2 tbsp (20g) brown sugar or coconut sugar. For sugar-free cookies, try this recipe: Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies  
  • 2 tbsp evaporated cane juice or white sugar (Omit only if you have no sweet tooth) (24g)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp (12g) vegetable or coconut oil (or pre-melted margarine)
  • 1-3 tbsp milk of choice, as needed (15-45g)
Yield: Makes 7-10 cookies


Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix your dry ingredients, then add in wet. Form cookies and bake 6-7 minutes. Take out when still underdone–they’ll continue to cook while cooling, and so you don’t want them to get hard. And if you want super-soft cookies, fridge the dough after rolling into balls. Then cook them after the dough is cold. They’d probably work with whole-wheat-pastry flour too, but I haven’t tried. Feeling decadent? Add some peanut butter! UPDATE! For a larger-serving recipe, see: Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies 

*View Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies Nutrition Facts*

Link of the Day: Chocolate Brownie Batter Dip.

Do you ever feel guilty for things you shouldn’t?
Such as eating too many cookies, saying no to favors, or taking time for yourself? I feel guilty that I can’t save the world. Every time I see one of those magazine advertisements of a child with a cleft palate, I feel so guilty turning the page. Same thing when I see a “sponsor a child” ad on tv. For ten years, I’ve sponsored one child. But I want to help them all. And then there’s the turmoil in Japan. Not to mention sweat shops, genocide, world hunger…

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. I am SO making these SOON!! I now have a MAJOR choc chip cookie craving- thanks Katie!! 😛

    I feel guilty over those things too!! I always feel like I’m never giving enough money to charity, or doing enough, and that I’m taking everything I have for granted… 🙁 But YOU shouldn’t feel guilty at all!! You are SO generous and lovely and always highlight and leave us little bloggers love! PLUS after organising and raising all that money for Japan, you should be so proud of yourself- you are amazing 🙂

  2. Okay I am definetly making these ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy YUM!

  3. Jennifer JCD says:

    Well done with the cookies, they look beautiful! (And tasty too, I’m sure.)

    I usually feel guilty about something because, like you, all I want to do is help everyone. I do my best and, as much as I try, I cannot do it all. Either there isn’t enough time or I just don’t have enough money to do everything. Yes, I want to help teach children in Africa how to have fun and take better care of themselves but it takes so many resources I don’t have. Yes, I would love to adopt all the homeless children and animals and give them love and care and attention… you get the idea. Save the world.

    Every little thing we do DOES help, and we have to remind ourselves of that often.

  4. Lisa C. says:

    Oh my gosh, Katie, your photos are INCREDIBLE!!! 🙂 🙂 I think they’re my favorite yet. (Although the Samoas Fudge Babies are pretty cool too!) I love the idea of a healthier cookie. It’s been so long since I’ve had chocolate chip cookies! Maybe I’ll make these today. Yes, I think I will! 😉

  5. Emily says:

    Yeah, I feel badly when I eat dessert. But your blog has helped me SO much in seeing that it’s OK to have a treat every day! Thanks, Katie :). You really have helped me more than you’ll ever know!

  6. Jennifer JCD says:

    Plus, an inspiring story I heard on the radio yesterday I thought you’d appreciate:

    A young boy in an African village was fortunate enough to be sponsored by a family in Europe. His village was full of AIDS and Malaria but his sponsorship meant he had food, a mosquito net, and the resources to attend school. Meanwhile, many of his friends could not go to school and several off them also died from malaria. This little boy was very bright and did the best he could at school. He was the first person in his village to attend university. He studied microbiology and is now one of the world leaders in developing a malaria vaccine.

    Think of how much that one sponsorship affected that child’s life. And how much it could affect thousands of people with the malaria research he is doing now. So even one small thing can make a difference. Don’t feel guilty; feel proud!

    1. Awwwwww thanks! And actually, I’ve helped two… ’cause the one boy grew up and “outgrew” sponsorship, so they gave me a new one.

      I always tell my mom that teachers should get paid more than doctors… without teachers, there’d BE no doctors!

      1. Diana says:

        Hey, I know that this is a late comment, but the other day I read an article from the ny times (it’s here if you’re interested: ) and it pretty much says research is showing that the higher one’s education level, the longer you’re predicted to live. So teachers are even more important than I thought, because not only do they create doctors like you said, they also help people live longer!

    2. Donna says:

      How about we read up on, and pay attention to the millions of poor European children who are also dying from inadequate healthcare, and never get to attend university or college due to extreme poverty and/or abusive home situations, instead of directing our attention and care to people outside of our own countrymen and women. So tired of this hypocrisy in this nation. Time for change.

      1. Donna says:

        ….and that obviously includes American-European decent children as well. How brainwashed are we, when gay rights take more media attention than the poor honey bees that are dying from our greedy sick GMO food industry? They pollinate our plants. Without bees there will be worldwide famine and starvation, and definitely no chocolate chip cookies healthy or otherwise. We really need to get out priorities straight people. Last I checked, every human being needs to eat, and there are over 6 million ridiculously poor people in the USA that need just as much help as any other global child does. I don’t want to read anymore stories about how we should feel moved to sponsor people outside of our own nation. It’s a sick and tiresome political agenda that is cruel and hypocritical.

      2. Todd says:

        You two both brought up legitimate causes for one to dedicate oneself to, but I don’t think we ought to go telling other people that their causes are somehow inferior or illegitimate. Nobody can cover all of the world’s issues, so why not let’s be grateful for our widely distributed interests and concerns? I don’t understand how a child’s global location has anything to do with whether or not they should receive aid or how gay rights are taking anything away from the honeybees.

        1. Michelle says:

          Your response is sweet and predictable. However, if you truly don’t understand how unfair/biased media attention on targeted issues, that when weighed up really are not as important as another (I think world food supply takes lead here), than we are in bigger trouble than we thought. The fact that we are not as aggressive about honey bees, or our own poor isn’t because we don’t care, it’s because they are not getting the priority attention they deserve.

          1. Deanna says:

            Unfortunately this is a typical straw man that selects for specific media angles and makes the conversation about media rather than the underlying systemic issues socio-economic and political that all contribute to poverty — of people and resources — here and abroad. When we talk about priority, whose priorities? We need to think in terms of and act on both micro and macro systems of power. And it’s a shame that we might consider people to only have the attention or empathy for a single issue. There’s more than enough to go around, especially when it becomes clearer how we’re all connected.

            But the bottom line: these cookies are fabulous! 🙂

  7. Holy cookies, those look amazing!!! I do tend to feel the guilt when one too many cookies are consumed 😀

  8. Sharla says:

    oh my gosh… perfection!!! i need to make these ASAP.

  9. VeggieGirl says:

    When is your bakery opening? 😀

    1. Rivka P says:

      or her cookbook coming out? I would like to have a real paper version of your great recipes. would pay up to $25 for it. I am sure others would too.

      1. Aww thanks, Rivka! That really means a LOT to me. I’m working on a cookbook, but it’s a slow process!

      2. Rachel says:

        I agree. I would definitely buy a cook book or recipe collection with pictures. 😉

  10. HO YES! HO YES! these are on my to make LIST!

    OH NO! we shall never feel guilty- we are neer going to be perfect – we can only do what we can and we wudnt enjoy life if we tried to make everything how we wanted to be.. cuz it aint gna happen! we can only live our lives in sanity whilst still doing things to fulfill the soul!

  11. Mckella says:

    I feel guilty about saying no to people and standing up for myself. I know I shouldn’t, because if someone’s pushing me around, they need to be put in their place, but I feel bad making someone feel bad for any reason.

  12. Life’s too short to feel guilty about food! I love eating and I think there’s a balance you have to achieve, but I think you should enjoy it. It’s one of the only guiltless pleasures I have!

  13. Emily says:

    Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite! I would definitely try these with oat flour. And your photos look awesome, yum!

  14. Lauren says:

    Love it, they look so good! And an adorable name too!

  15. Love that philosophy! I admit that I do sometimes feel food guilt when I eat to the point of feeling sick. I’m okay with having dessert or treats or chocolate or whatever, but it’s way harder to let it go when I know I ate more than my body can handle :/ Thanks for the reminder!!

  16. kspar66 says:

    thanks so much for the choc chip cookie recipe, katie! I love ppk recipes and bet I will love this cck-adapted version even more! I love that you tell us what is essential to the recipe and what we can omit/other totally great!
    guilt, oh man, yes! I experience a lot of everyday ‘background-level’ feelings that I am not doing all I could be..
    today I got outta bed pretty early but not when my alarm went off.. and went for a nice run but haven’t started my schoolwork for know?
    some guilt, like stress, is natural and necessary, but I do my best not to let it consume me, much better to focus on being compassionate and spreading patience and peace however we can.

    1. Ugh, schoolwork (and procrastination) is a may-juh source of guilt!

  17. Those cookies look amazing! I have to say its the first time in a while I have seen a recipe and thought OMG I have to make these now! Awesome x

    1. Oh gosh, thanks! I hope u like them if you try em!

  18. Gen says:

    Yummy recipe!! 😀
    I definitely feel guilty when I see the way that so many people that my family works with lives, without some basic things….and I complain if the internet or the power goes down for a couple of hours….

  19. I will be making these ASAP. those nutrition stats just blew me out of the water.. they look so yummy too!

    1. Heather says:

      I made these last night – they were delicious ! However, when I did a recipe calculation I found that each cookie actually had 92 calories each. I was surprised and then felt guilty as I had eaten them as though they only has 23. Ooops.

  20. Lisa Fine says:

    I have a huge sweet tooth, and love cookies. Sometimes I feel guilty when I crave sweets a lot, and eat them a few times a day. But then I think about how we all have cravings for different foods – some sweet, some salty, some savory – and that’s okay. And there’s probably a reason why I love sweet foods so much.

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