Great Recipe for Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made this healthy chocolate chip cookies recipe so I could finally feel good about eating my favorite treat complete with natural sweeteners and no oil.

Can Chocolate Chip Cookies be Healthy?

Though a bit of a health nut, I’ve always had a weakness for a delicious homemade chocolate chip cookie. It never helped when Betsy would bake her delicious batches of traditional cookies.

I love her cookies but didn’t love the guilty feeling of eating all the unhealthy ingredients. Also, I wanted to find that perfect chocolate chip cookie that is delicious and healthful. I knew that making a healthful cookie wouldn’t give us the same type of taste, but was confident I could create something that could still satisfy our sweet tooth! So one rainy day I set out to create the perfect healthful chocolate chip cookie recipe.

As a result, I’m happy to report that my commitment paid off! We now enjoy this dessert masterpiece not only after meals but also as a snack and even as an occasional quick breakfast. The recipe freezes well, in fact, I prefer them frozen so we usually freeze half for me and refrigerate Betsy’s half (although they don’t need to be refrigerated). Finally, we’re happy to share our delicious discovery with you!

The Ultimate Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies




Finishing touches


Preheat oven to 350°. In a mixing bowl, combine all the wet ingredients (I partially soften the butter first, just be careful not to melt it too much). Stir them together with a wooden spoon. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet, stirring thoroughly to combine. Add any desired finishing touches. Place cookies on baking sheet and bake for 12 – 14 minutes, depending on your oven and how well done you like your cookies.  Enjoy fresh out of the oven, or frozen and thawed for a few minutes.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Options

Don’t like some of the above ingredients? Add whatever you have a taste for here and substitute it for the finishing touches above. Here are some ideas for additional ingredients:

Note: Remember, these healthy chocolate chip cookies freeze well, can be eaten as a breakfast meal, and are a great healthy treat for any time of day. These are more bread-like and soft than traditional chocolate chip cookies, and will not get stale if left at room temperature for a few days. Enjoy!


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  1. Nick I says

    VERY GOOD. Followed directions to a T, except….. substituted the apple sauce for 1/2 cup Marijuana Coconut oil…. Masks the pot taste very well.. excellent job

  2. Lauren says

    These are delicious! I 3/4 cup of pure maple syrup instead of honey and a few extra tbsp flour, and margarine and a flax “egg” to make them vegan. This is probably the first cookie recipe I’ve made where I liked the finished cookies more than the dough, hehe 😀

  3. Bayje says

    I made these cookie tonight. Used the bananas, and didn’t grind my oats. Also the only “nuts” I had were a tropical trail mix with spicy peanuts and M&M’s. The batter seemed kind of loose for cookies so I put the mix in my mini muffin tins and baked for 15 mins. They came out great! The boyfriend was surprised he could take a few for breakfast in the morning and not feel guilty. We discussed different variations while trying them hot out of the oven. For more of a dessert spin I’m going to try craisins, pecans, and mini white chocolate chips. I’ve been stalking your site for a few weeks now and have tried many of the recipies and cleaning concoctions. I had already been making my own laundry soap similar to yours and just knew there were other ways of streamlining our household into a much more natural and budget friendly space. Thank you for all that you and Betsy do! It gives the rest of us hope that one day we all can live sustainably and we won’t have to sacrifice time and convenience.

    • Matt Jabs says

      That’s awesome to hear Bayje, and thanks for stalking the site, lol. We do what we do because we feel it’s our calling, and we’re so happy can spend our time creating and sharing information to help people live healthier, more sustainable lives. That muffin idea sounds great!

  4. jennifer says

    These cookies are delicious and guilt free. I added flax and only had about 3/4 cups of oats but they still came out great. Thank You So much for posting these cookies.

  5. Gabbi says

    They are like chocolate chip muffin tops! Not cookie like, but super yummy. My (almost) 3 year old LOVED them! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Matt Jabs says

      Cool, all kids who we’ve tried have them have loved them too. Glad y’all like them. The consistency difference comes from using applesauce in place of oil.

  6. Heidi says

    WOW! Just made a batch of these cookies and my whole family loves them! I did substitute a half a cup of the whole wheat flour using almond flour and went ahead and used two whole eggs. I can think of endless kinds of cookies I could make with this base cookie recipie. Does anyone know of a web site i would plug in my ingredient measurements into so i can find out the nutritional value of these cookies?

  7. Donna says

    Just made these today, they’re great! I reduced the chocolate chips to 1/4 bag and substituted cooked kashi pilaf for the oatmeal to increase the fiber. The pilaf made the batter more wet so I added about 3/4 cup more flour. They do have a more cake like consistency but I plan to eat them for breakfast. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Alyssa says

    Made these cookies, and they taste amazing! The cookies did have more of a bread-like consistency, but overall the cookie is great! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Ashley says

    Hey by any chance do you know how many calories are in one cookie? We made 2 dozen out of the batter.

  10. A.J says

    That’s a great idea I hadn’t thought of! I will have to do that with my frozen yogurt. It’s been really tough trying to go healthy but so worth it, especially when you find great alternatives like this.

  11. A.J says

    Just made these. They’re awesome! I can’t understand how they can taste as good as or better than normal chocolate chip cookies. And I don’t have to feel guilty or sick after eating them! We’re already thinking about ways to change the recipe, adding peanut butter maybe. We also added the flax seeds since I saw someone say that. Thanks so much for sharing, We’ll probably be making these for our family for life.

    • Matt Jabs says

      Yeah, those cookies are like bread or milk on our house – when we run out it’s a bit of an emergency to hurry up and make another batch!

  12. Amy McMillan says

    Our family LOVES these cookies!!!! My children are actually starting to prefer them over the old way now! YAY!!! However, I can’t compute the freezer thing – we eat them too quickly!

  13. Muriel says

    I tried making these last night and wow! Very good, and what’s more, they’re satisfying! You’re not going to sit down and eat 6 of these without even thinking about it. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. crystal says

    I wish that your website listed the fat, saturated fat, trans, and calories these sound good but i wish there was a nutrition label posted.

    • Matt Jabs says

      Since this info is important to you (it’s not to us) we suggest learning the USDA nutritional values of the ingredients. That research will arm you with the ability to DIY for future recipes that do not list the info. God bless.