WW 129: Healthy Oatmeal Cookies


Our house is packed with the insatiable mouths of three pre-teen boys. Feed them and one hour later my guys pop back into the kitchen saying “I’m hungry.” It’s so difficult to figure out how to keep their bellies full. We do healthy meals — lots of pasta (whole wheat and gluten free), rice, beans, veggies and proteins (beef, chicken and fish) topped off with fruit and milk. And we try for healthy snacks like ham sandwiches and other things that have protein. But my kids always want something sweet.healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookiesA few years back we started baking our own healthy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and fudges brownies regularly once or twice a week! This helps us in a lot of ways. First off, the baked goods taste yummy. Second, we save a lot of money. Third, I have been able to experiment, cutting way down on the sugar (I cut it in half!), substituting dark chocolate chips, adding in a touch more sea salt, and mixing in one half whole wheat flour. The kids haven’t even noticed these small changes yet they are eating a much healthier cookie! We have brought these to many soccer games and the other kids seem to like them too.

So — drumrull please — for this week’s Weekly Wrap Up, I’m delighted to be sharing our family’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe!

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

healthy oatmeal cookies(adapted from simplyrecipes.com)

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes Yield: Makes about 2 dozen cookies
Do not over-bake these cookies! The edges should be brown, but the rest of the cookie should be very light in color.
If you use salted butter, cut the salt called for in this recipe to 1/2 teaspoon.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (1/2 pound or 2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (try substituting 3/4 of this total quantity with whole wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (try for bittersweet)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 3 cups rolled oats (I use organic gluten free oats. Do not use instant)

Method

1 Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Grease two large cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

2 In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add the brown sugar and white sugar, beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla extract.

3 Mix flour, salt and baking soda together in medium bowl. Stir the dry ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips (and nuts if desired). Stir in the oats.

4 Spoon out the dough by large tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving at least 2 inches between each cookie.

5 Bake until the edges of the cookies turn golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Note that the cookies will seem underdone. That’s okay, they will firm up as they cool.

6 Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets. Then carefully remove them, using a metal spatula, to a wire rack. Cool completely. They will be quite soft until completely cooled. Store tightly covered.Life is short. Surround yourself with good people and eat some good cookies.Please let me know what your family’s favorite baked good is, and even share a recipe if you can!! You can send it to contact@cloudmom.com.

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Happy fall!

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  • Daniel M

    thanks for the chance!

  • Becky Kinard

    Mmmmmmmm. I love chocolate chip cookies warm right out of the oven. This is probably my most favorite treat!

  • Jennifer Keating

    These look so good! I’ve found that some of the tastiest recipes tend to be ‘healthy’ versions. Some of my favorite baked goods are from a vegan bake shop in a town close by to me, wish I could eat there every day!

  • Natalie

    My family loves to make monster cookies!

  • susan1215

    I love oatmeal cookies.

  • Amber Gibson

    Yum these cookies look great!

  • shannon fowler

    I love oatmeal cookies! These look delicious. Lately I have been making a lot of pumpkin protein cookies and protein banana bread.

  • cynthiac

    I have made a similar recipe. One of my favorites.

  • mami2jcn

    I love anything oatmeal!

  • Sandy Klocinski

    Awesome oatmeal cookies! My favorite. I have been making spice cookies recently

    • Oh that sounds good! Do you have a fav recipe?

  • Kari Lorz

    Mmmmm… I bet these a super great when they’re warm outta the oven!

    • Oh yeah! Might have to make some now.

  • Leigh Williams Kitchens

    I love the substitutions you’ve made to make a healthier cookie. I’m going to need to save this recipe!

    • Thanks, Leigh! Hope you get the chance to make it soon and enjoy it! 🙂

  • Jamie Fredrickson

    This is my new go-to recipe for healthier cookies!

  • Nicole Butters

    Those look delicious, I especially love the chewy factor of any cookie with oatmeal!

    • They are! We love having a recipe that doesn’t make us feel guilty for having a cookie or two! 🙂

  • Heather A.E.

    Those cookies look so thin. I love it! It’s been forever since I’ve had oatmeal cookies, and now I have found my new pregnancy craving.

  • Abigail Gibson

    Looks so good!

  • Leela

    I love oatmeal cookies. My favorite was Archway growing up.

  • slehan

    Cookies are good for what ails you.
    Thanks for the contest.
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  • kathypease

    I love oatmeal cookies and these look amazing 🙂

  • Vane

    looks easy to make

  • Jerry Marquardt

    I would like to thank you so much for your involvement in making a fine recipe like these. Thanks for giving a chance for us to win.

  • lilyk

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • honeypie411

    I will try this recipe