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The Best Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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At first, I was going to write a Memorial Day round-up post. But I decided on healthy chocolate chip cookies instead…

Cookies!!! 

Another pinner said: My boyfriend (who "hates" sweets and could live on chicken wings) asks me to make these ALL. THE. TIME. Not one single person can ever tell the difference - @choccoveredkt... Everyone will love you for making this recipe! http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/05/27/the-best-healthy-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Cookies cookies cookies!!!

Ok, I’ll calm down now. But not really, because… cookies!!!

Seriously, I think I’ve eaten too many cookies and am now on a sugar high. 😕

It’s worth it, though. Chocolate chip cookies are always worth it. And these healthy chocolate chip cookies include macadamia nuts, making them even better than your average cookies. If macadamia nuts weren’t so darned expensive, I’d eat them like popcorn and put them in everything. Well, maybe not ketchup… that’d be weird.

I made a big batch of these healthy chocolate chip cookies, adapted from my popular recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies, last night at around 10PM. The plan was to take them to a friend’s annual Memorial Day party this afternoon, but my roommate and I ate so many that we’re going to have to make more.

Cookies!!!

Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

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The Best Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup plus 1/2 cup oat flour (140g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp coconut sugar (brown sugar or sucanat will also work)
  • 4 tbsp xylitol or evaporated cane juice (white sugar will also work)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts (or walnuts)
  • 3 tbsp to 1/2 cup chocolate chips (Throw in a big handful. I never bother to measure.)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp vegetable or melted coconut oil
  • 3-5 tbsp milk of choice, as needed
Total Time: 9m
Yield: Makes 14-20 cookies

Instructions

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe: Preheat oven to 380 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients and mix very well. Add wet, and form into a big ball. Now make little balls from the big one. For soft cookies, refrigerate until cold (otherwise, just bake right away). Bake 7 minutes, or until they’ve spread out and look just a little undercooked. Remove from oven when they’re still a little undercooked, then it’s important to let cookies cool at least 10 minutes before trying to remove from tray, as they’ll continue to cook while cooling. For soft cookies, store in a lidded plastic container. For crispy cookies, store in a lidded glass container.

*Chocolate Chip Cookies Nutrition Facts*

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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. Nikki says:

    Yum! You know it’s a savvy dessert blog when the recipe says if it’s a “soft” or “crunchy” chocolate-chip cookie! I hate making a recipe only to find out that it’s not quite the kind of cookie I was expecting!

    1. Nikki – I love soft cookies so I find that blatantly disregarding the minute specifications and taking them out when the dough still sticks to the toothpick works perfectly. Well, that and not baking them at all!! 😀 HAHA

      1. Michelle says:

        For soft cookies place the dough formed into cookies in the refrigerator for a little then pop them in the over! 🙂

  2. Oh Katie, you saved me! Chocolate Chip Cookies are my favorite and these are pretty healthy! I love it! I have to make them!! Happy Memorial day!!

  3. Honeybird says:

    They look great! Macadamia-nuts are indeed pricy (is that a word in English?).. They’re also great for bumbu-pastes (you know, like curry-paste and the Indonesian equivalents), but also in sweet snacks ofcourse! Have you tried Macadamia-Icecream yet?? (with chocolate-sauce, heheh ;D)
    My mum’s making cream-puffs at the moment for my sister, so she’s got the oven & kitchen occupied. And I don’t have macadamia’s in storage right now (and it’s ‘Pinksteren’ maybe it’s the same as Memorial Day? I don’t have a clue :S. But anyway, all the stores are closed and tomorrow also), I’ll make them another time (or maybe try another nut :P).

    1. I haven’t! That really sounds so good… I’m just worried I’d get hooked and then my wallet would hate me! 😉

      I might have to try it anyway…

  4. Kimberly Smith says:

    Katie,

    I love your recipes but I also cook for a big family. I would love it if you would post copies of your recipes with larger batch sizes for the families out here trying to eat vegan and eat healthy. I know I could double and triple the your recipes but the measurements are a bit odd and with kids running around my feet…I know I would get off. Also maybe a good idea for your cookbook/website maybe a individual size and a family size of each recipe…appeal to a larger audience…with us moms we need things easy.

    Thanks

    1. Lauren says:

      lol u must have a really big family! this recipe says it makes 14-20 cookies!

      i think it’s better to make a batch like that and then make another when u need it than to make a batch that makes 40 cookies, and then they all get hard and stale. i hate that!

      1. Cathy says:

        Or you could make two batches but freeze the cookie dough of one, then thaw to make cookies! that way your cookies will be fresh from the oven 🙂

        1. Sarah says:

          I know what you mean. There are six kids in our house (i’m the oldest)! Plus parents and sometimes grandparents and almost always a neighbor. Many times we have to do the recipe x6! We need around 60 cookies at the least!

      2. Cindy says:

        We easily go through at least 12 cookies in a day (2 kids, 1 teen, 2 adults), and I don’t want to have to bake cookies every day. I freeze a lot of cookies – they taste just fine after defrosting, and makes less work to only bake them once, cleanup etc.

    2. Anonymous says:

      I agree! I was just figuring out the measurements for doubling the recipe. 14-20 cookies would be gone in a flash, and it would be nice to have some for the next day. Kids + cookies = history! (but temporarily very happy kids!)

      1. Samantha says:

        Meanwhile, for my own safety I had the good sense to cut the recipe in half. 🙂

    3. Shanna says:

      There are calculators for scaling recipes online if you need help:
      http://www.fruitfromwashington.com/Recipes/scale/recipeconversions.php

    4. lol but this WAS my big recipe! The other chocolate-chip cookie recipe on my blog only makes 6-7 cookies!

      I guess you could probably double the recipe? I tend to work in smaller servings when making recipe experiments because I do so many every single day, and I don’t want to waste food.

      1. Cathy says:

        I noticed this recipe was bigger! i compared this to the other cookie recipe to see if it was any different. I made that recipe and ate all of the cookies myself, so if i make this i will have to share!

      2. Sherlock says:

        That’s one of my favorite reasons for liking your site! You don’t make a heap load of food! Most of us don’t have 6 people in the house to feed so the amount you offer is just right. I highly doubt doubling or tripling one of your recipes would whined up in a flop. I’ve done it with success. The amount of work you already put into this blog is enough work to keep you busy. I don’t think you need to add any more work on your plate when it’s very easy to just convert measurements. You’re already doing enough and we are grateful for that! Thanks CCK!

      3. Alicia says:

        I’m glad you make smaller recipes! It’s easier to double or triple rather than cut down a recipe (c’mon, I’m not the only one who hated division, am I?!).

  5. Lauren says:

    i was actually one of the ones who voted FOR the recipe round ups. but if u are going to post chocolate chip macadamia cookies in their place, well i can’t argue with that!

    if only i had a memorial day party to go to. i will probably end up just making these for my family today. they look too good to resist!

    1. Samantha says:

      No, no arguing here. 🙂

      I practically have my own memorial day round-up going on right now as I printed out a few different recipes the other day that it is time for me to try.

  6. Madelon says:

    O my, lovely! Need to try these!

  7. Oh yum. I’ve got some macadamia nuts in my pantry that have been screaming to meet up with chocolate. 😉

  8. Sarahishealthy says:

    My friends already know that healthy desserts can taste good, because I make them CCK desserts all the time! In fact, a lot of them now read your blog! 🙂

    And yes, I am very much craving cookies now.

  9. Bonnie says:

    I make your other chocolate-chip cookies so often that I actually don’t even have to look up the recipe anymore!

    I’m excited to see that these make a bigger batch! 🙂

  10. Katie Ann says:

    These totally sound worth buying macadamia nuts for, they are so good in chewy cookies. I even have some dark chocolate chunks that I bet would go great in these. I assume there wouldn’t be anything wrong with just using all brown sugar instead of half brown and half white?

    You say that it makes 14-20 cookies, but in the nutritional information you don’t specify how many servings the numbers are based on.

    1. Nutritional info is always based on higher # of servings, unless otherwise noted.

  11. Abby says:

    Cookies!!!!
    Your posts always make me laugh :). And no joke, I am making these today!

  12. teabagginit says:

    these look great – and i love that they use macadamia nuts (so unappreciated in the us!) i might sub some macadamia nut oil in to up the flavor!

  13. Anna Banana says:

    Oh my word, these look fantastic! I’ve been debating over which cookie recipe to make for lunches this week (all from your blog, of course) and now you’ve adden another one. What a difficult problem to have… 🙂

  14. Emilia says:

    These cookies look amazing! I haven’t had macadamia nuts in so so long, I think I need to head out and get some now. The people getting these at their memorial day celebration are very lucky 🙂

  15. Good decision to go with the cookies:) YUM! Macadamia nuts are my FAVORITE! They have almost a sweet and buttery taste! and combined with chocolate…i mean, come on!! 🙂 thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

  16. Alison says:

    These look pretty gosh-darned delish.

  17. Oooooh yummmm! When these come out of the oven, are they crispy or crunchy? And the best time of my life = getting to pick fresh macadamia nuts 🙂

  18. Madalena says:

    Katie, you should seriously consider start making youtube videos 🙂 this looks lovely!

    1. sherlock says:

      I agree! I have no doubts you’d have many subscribers. Plus it’s also a way to rack in dough. Consider it girl.

  19. Suzie says:

    Yum, these look so delicious! Definitely going to have to give this a try, its hard to find a healthier take on a cookie, thanks!

  20. Sarah says:

    Yay! Kinda Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies! And we just got sucanat, too.
    Also, I am a total retart sometimes and went to the pantry, got a mac nut and dipped it in ketchup just to see what it tastes like. SO what did it taste like?
    Like a macademia nut in ketchup. Which is kind of like motor oil blended with Spam and served on toast. Or like fried okra with raspberry jelly ( i’m trying to paint a word picture here).
    So do not be like me. Which means do not be a retart 🙂
    Mac nuts are for these cookies, not for ketchup. Lesson learned.