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World’s Healthiest Chocolate Chip Cookies

healthy chocolate chip cookies!

Cookie Monster! The other day, I got an urge to make chocolate cookies. 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

World’s Healthiest Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: Makes 7-10 cookies
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World's Healthiest Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 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)


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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Published on April 27, 2011

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  1. Emma says

    Oh my gosh!! I’m pregnant and was craving for chocolate chips cookies… They are just so yummy I could eat the entire plate right away!!! Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  2. Claudia Roitman says

    I am making these delightful cookies as I am writing… I’m just waiting to take them out of the oven. I couldn’t stop eating the cookie dough nom nom it tasted just like ole choc chip cookie dough. Katie thank you for sharing your amazing recipes, which for people like me, who are trying to be on shape and want to indulge with amazing treats, you make our lives so much easier. I first discovered your coffee cake mug cake.. OMG it is to die for. My mom and I always have this saturday tradition of eating mug cake for dessert so I have been making your recipes… I will buy your book soon I cannot wait heheh. Regards from Venezuela!!

  3. Tricia says

    These were really easy and delicious! Although I had to bake them for a lot longer and they didn’t spread, they still turned out chewy and great. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

  4. Jaclyn says

    I made these last night for a party tonight. The dough was a little dry after mixing in the milk so I added an additional 1/2 tablespoon of oil. Thanks for the recipe:)

  5. Nadia says

    Tastes amazing with whole wheat pastry flour. The only thing is I always have to cook it 10 mins instead of 7 because otherwise it’s very undercooked. 🙂

  6. Sara says

    best. cookies. ever. I’m actually making these for my best friend’s birthday! shhhhhh it’s a secret! I made some already and they were a big hit in my family! I hope she likes them as much as we do!!

  7. Kyra says

    Loved my cookies, but they came out like biscuits – very cakey and not very cookie-like. Any ideas? I’m thinking maybe the baking powder ratio is off, or I need to add some egg/liquid ingredient. Thanks for the recipe though! Made snickerdoodles 🙂

  8. Seelmaa says

    They look so tasty! But could it be, that the nutricion facts are there just for the cookies with macadamia nuts and not for this recipe?
    Doesn’t matter, I will make them anyways?



  9. Anna says

    I just made these and let me say they were some of the best cookies I’ve ever eaten!! I used 4 TBLS brown sugar for both the sugars that it called for and it had a carmely delicious flavor! Also don’t overtake your cookies, pull them out when they are still soft and eat them warm!



  10. Eliza says

    Hi, I’ve made these and gotta say they are very good! For the second batch I made last night, however, I doubled all the ingredients and although still tasty, they ended up a bit dry. Any recommendations? Maybe adding more of some ingredient?
    Thanks in advance!



  11. Amal Khawaja says

    Hey Katie!
    I tried these cookies two days ago and I really liked how light they are; however, i expected them to be crunchier. Do they turn out crunchy with you? What do you think I can do to make them crunchier?
    Thanks! xo

    • A H says

      These are supposed to be chewy chocolate chips, so if they turned out chewy, then you’ve made them correctly! Hope that helps.

  12. Bree says

    I just made these cookies…After months of experimenting and searching, I have finally found THE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE! Plus it’s VEGAN! Thanks Katie! They are gooey and soft on the inside, and slightly crispy on the edges. The most amazing this about this recipe is that you can play around with a variety of flours and they always turn out great. I made my batch with 2/3 sprouted spelt and the 1/2 with half almond flour and all I had was coconut sugar. The timing definitely makes a difference, so I’m glad you mentioned to take them out sooner as they do still cook while cooling. (I also added a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg ;D). Yum!!!

  13. Phoebe says

    Hi Katie! I have tried making this several times using all purpose flour and each time I got great cookies. Just today I tried it with homemade “oat flour” (I got tired of pounding the oats so they didnt really reach powder consistency haha) and the cookies still turned out great! Thank you for sharing this. Much love from the Philippines!

  14. Zeel says

    I made this cookies using oat flour and 2 spoon of almond flour. I used 2 Tbsp of coconut sugar, 1 tbsp of almond milk, and 1 tbsp of maple syrup for additional sugar, and kept other ingredients as listed in the recipe. It turned out great! Taste sooo good that you don’t even feel like you are eating “healthy” cookie that is made without butter and refined sugar and flour. My cookies looked a lot different from Katie’s in the pictures above.

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