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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. [email protected] of Sugar Free says

    Hehe….I love it when you write about your “non-sweet” tooth-so funny….

    But Katie, you are the sweetest person in the world! Just helping one little child means so much to him/her. Just think of the difference you made in her/his life! If we could all help just one person, the world would be so much better 🙂

  2. Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) says

    Your pictures are gorgeous!! SO detailed! I am definitely making these soon – maybe even tonight. 🙂

  3. Jeska says

    Oh, Katie *hugs*

    Painful though it is, you can’t save everyone. No one can. You are already such an amazing person in all you do. I literally get in, check Facebook, check this site. You do enough, promise!

    As I am in recovery for AN, I feel guilty a LOT of the time. For eating/ not eating/ not excercising/ not trying hard enough in school/ being a bad friend/ not doing more to help others/ neglecting things and people/ losing interest in passions… sigh. But never mind, this kind of site makes food seem more normal and good and not-scary, and that’s one thing less to feel bad about!

    *hugs again for good measure*

  4. bitt of raw says

    I agree we need to have less guilt in life. It’s just no fun living with guilt, but I still do it. I feel it even passed on from my ancestors. Deep guilt. I don’t often feel guilty about food because I usually make healthy choices, even if I do like dessert.

    No sweet tooth??? What???!! Or do you mean you just don’t like your sweets too sweet. I am like that too.

  5. Corey @ the runner's cookie says

    Oh wow these look delicious! They look a lot like the cookies my mom makes in that they look cake-like, which I love (as opposed to really chewey or hard and crispy cookies)! Thanks for the healthy recipe!

  6. [email protected] says

    Katie, you’re so lovely! Look at your bake sale for Japan; all the money it raised, all through your hard work. And the cards, and your volunteering… you do so, so much!
    And I don’t think I’ve ever seen a blogger link back to a recipe of yours that you haven’t commented on AND you’ve shared these cookies 🙂

  7. Kristen @ The Red Velvet Life says

    You have absolutely nada to feel guilty about, Sweet Katie! I know you know that deep down, right?! 🙂 These cookies look awesome, and I like the healthy twist. I can’t wait till I’m back in my kitchen and can try making ’em (still traveling…hard to bake with basically no ingredients on hand..!) You’re amazing! xo

  8. Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission says

    For the first couple months of doing yoga, I felt so guilty turning my phone off for an hour and a half and coming back to all these work related messages and texts. Now, a year later, I do not feel guilty at all for taking an hour and a half per day to have to myself to do yoga. And I never feel guilty for indulging in anything; the key for me is little indulgences, not full on binge fests. Bingeing = guilt and no one should ever have to feel that.

  9. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says

    YUM!! Theses look amazing..not like one may expect the healthiest chocolate chip cookies to look like (which I’m imaging dirt maybe? lmho!) But you’ve made the healthiest chocolate chip cookies to still LOOK like a guily treat!

  10. Katherine: Unemployed says

    I feel guilty for using bowls and spoons. I know it’s silly but we usually run out of those and that is why we start the dishwasher

  11. Albizia says

    You don’t have any reason to feel guilty. Most people would feel incredibly proud to be as kind, caring and generous as you are. I suppose we can’t escape the guilt in our lives completely but we should remind ourselves more often that we are just humans and we cannot do everything perfectly. Sometimes even the intention counts 🙂 .

  12. Eric Jaffa says

    Regarding someone stealing one of your recipes:

    I can understand the frustration, since several years ago, a list of vegetarian TV characters I made for a blog I had at the time was used by another blog without giving me credit.

    However, you have more going for you than recipes.

    If you announced that you weren’t going to post any more recipes, I’d still read your blog.

  13. Elle says

    i wish i were home right now so i could make these!!

    i love your philosophy on food 🙂 we should never feel guilty for eating cookies! that kinda messes up the purpose of eating them in the first place, doesn’t it?

  14. Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) says

    Ok, why do you always have to post such amazing looking recipes? You’re making me want to forget my homework and run into the kitchen to make your cookies! 😉 Haha, I love you Katie!!! 😀

    Girl, you all ready do so much, you don’t need to feel guilty about anything! You helped Japan so much with your bake sale (which, once again, was incredibly sweet of you to do! 🙂 ) But I do know what you mean about wanting to help others. I wish I could be a millionaire just so I could help each and every person (and animal) that needs help. Unfortunately, we can’t do everything 🙁 (Except for you. You can do ANYTHING when it comes to chocolate 😉 )

    And don’t worry about not always being able to comment. Life is SO busy!! We understand 🙂

    <3 <3

  15. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says

    “I also feel guilty that I can’t comment on all of your blogs, or respond to every comment on here, like y’all deserve”–

    The story of my life. I somehow need to streamline this (it’s an ongoing two year ++ situation for me tho!) but yes, I feel horribly guilty about it. It eats at me. It makes me feel like a bee-otch that I can’t get to everyone’s blog. Like I am a bad blogger, a bad friend (even tho some ppl I dont know them at all) but it feels wrong and i feel bad and I wish I could do more! But I have a FT job, a FT mommy job and everything else.

    Sorry to ramble…


    The cookies. Perfection!

  16. Kara says

    I’ve never actually made a blogger’s recipe before, even though I bookmark them all the time. But I am happy to say that I made these about an hour ago and had two straight outta the oven. And then two more. And then maybe even another ;).
    They were THAT good!

  17. Lyza says

    Oh psh, I didn’t see the rest of the entry!

    OMG. That creaminess at the bottom looks amazing!! 🙂

    And yeah, I pretty much feel guilty for everything. It sucks. I can feel good that I am vegan though and just being vegan at social gatherings seems to make people more aware of their health and how their food choices impact their actual surroundings (the environment) rather than just their own interiors. I love when someone comes up to me and says something like, “I buy my children ketchup without corn syrup now!” Just little things like that make me smile 🙂 We do what we can and if we all made little good changes, the world would be so much better!!

  18. Emily says

    I’m about to read the link you posted about food-guilt. But I really enjoyed this post, and I love your healthy attitude towards food. It’s very positive and encouraging! Here’s a (dramatic) glimpse into my food guilt from over the weekend ~ And that’s not even a rock-bottom kind of guilt feeling for me. (Though I’ve been better about this the past couple of years, like I mentioned in my blog post. But it still haunts me from time to time, or at least tries to.) The guilt comes from outside messages that have convinced me there are reasons to regret and feel guilty about choosing to have dessert or for eating past the feeling of satiety. The fact is, though, when I splurge IN MODERATION, I will not look back when I’m fifty years old regretting ever bite of ice cream I ever had, the desserts I made, the times I went out with friends and took pleasure in eating something decadent or past my “full” point. Those will be fun memories. I will also be proud that I chose to eat healthy, so I could live to be fifty. ;]

  19. Parita @ myinnershakti says

    I have all the necessary ingredients to make these cookies…yay! And sometimes I feel guilty after eating decadent and rich foods, mainly desserts. But then I quickly get over it since it doesn’t happen too often!

  20. Elizabeth A. says

    Hey Katie! I have really been enjoying your recipes lately!!! I made the Irish Soda Baked Oatmeal, & oh my gosh, they are like super awesome! They are now my breakfast To Go solution, I love them! Your healthy cookies look great! I am excited to share those with my family… who need to learn to leave out the butter ;)… Guilt? Yes, way to much. I get guilty from eating one grape to many, not running harder, and so on. It really stinks, but i’m sure you know how that goes. Thank you for being an inspiration to me!

  21. Tara says

    No one should ever feel guilty about eating a cookie, unless they don’t enjoy it. I feel guilty when I eat something and I don’t savor how delicious it is! That happens to me if I go too long without eating and then shove food in my mouth without even thinking.
    Don’t feel guilty about not being able to be “superman”. We can only do what we can and give our best, and from what I’ve seen you definitely try hard! Just think about how successful the bake sale for Japan was! You’re such a good role model and I really love reading your posts, so don’t worry about not commenting on blogs either. It’s enough for me to just read because I can tell how much you appreciate that we follow your blog!

  22. Kat @ Cupcake Kat says

    These cookies look great. I feel quilty after I’ve had a few too many desserts which happens a bit too often but its ok because its always good.
    You know what I realized today? You have a lot in common with Kate Middleton! You look a lot like her and even sort of share the same name

  23. Dalai Lina says

    I don’t feel guilty, just pissed off when my jeans are tight the next day. And your cooking ideas isn’t helping anything 🙂

  24. Jazmine @ Gracefully Glutenless says

    ohmygoodness i made the cookie dough dip and it’s amazing!!!!!
    i look forward to your blog everyday! it’s always so cute and full of pretty pictures:)

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