Healthy Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies (made with coconut oil)
I'm a genius. You can thank me later (or in the comments?). I have created the mother of all healthy cookies. You could actually eat these for breakfast! These gluten-free cookies are also low in refined sugar, high in lauric acid and will stabilize your blood sugar to keep you going for hours!
I created these heart-healthy cookies while on the hunt for a "low-sugar" sugar fix. These cookies don't contain any flour and are made 100% from oats. I'm trying to cut back on my refined carbohydrates and sugar intake to help manage my blood sugar levels and these chocolate chip cookies have done the trick! I love to scoff one at my 9 O'clock break with a wee coffee while I work through my to-do list, as I've so artistically recreated in these photos BTW!
Now, I have trolled every "healthy" recipe on the web. All of which have been inaccurately measured with cups, not very practical for us across the pond. Also, a lot of the recipes called for peanut butter which makes me shudder at the thought of it. But alas, as I drooled over my cookie recipe or even my Granny's Traditional Oat Cookies (sans chocolate chips, no good) I couldn't bring myself to bake over 300g of sugar into a biscuit! Fat is the answer to weight management, believe it or not. But I'll talk about that in a whole other post (Let me know if you'd like to hear more about my high-fat weight management).
The secret to my recipe is the coconut oil. I creamed the coconut oil into a light, smooth paste which made an excellent base for my cookies. Also, I blitz half the rolled oats (in a protein shaker with a hand blender, FYI) to make the perfect light, smooth flour.
These gluten-free, low sugar choc chip cookies have a wonderful wholesome flavor. They aren't sickeningly sweet but intensely satisfying. These oat cookies are a little crumbly but not in a dry, stick in your mouth kinda way. In fact if you've ever had McVities Hobnobs or Aldi's Oaties, then these are like the healthier, happier, more fulfilling and satisfying cousin
My only change I'd make is the chocolate. I used a pretty crappy, cheap bar of Lidl's own, I know, I know, a sin since I live in Switzerland with a Chocolatier for a neighbour. sigh. But you add what ever chocolate you want to it! I used 100g chopped into little chunks but I could easily of added an extra 50g. You see what works best for you.
HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHIP OAT COOKIES
- 131g solid (room temperature) Coconut Oil
- 4 Tbsp Demerara (brown) Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Honey
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
- 375g Rolled Oats (Blitz 188g Oats in a blender to create a flour, keep the other half whole)
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
- 100g bar of Chocolate, chopped.
- Preheat your oven to 175C. Line a Cookie sheet/flat pan with parchment paper and set a side. Blitz 188g of rolled oats in a blender to create a flour.
- In a large bowl beat the coconut oil with a whisk to form a cream, similar consistency to softened butter. Add the sugar and honey, beat until combined. Add the egg and vanilla, beat until combined.
- Add the oat flour, salt and bicarb of soda and stir well until combined. It should look like a wet dough. Stir in the chocolate until thoroughly mixed. Add the remaining oats a few tablespoons at a time until you achieve the desired consistency. You want it to be quite chunky. You may not need all the oats but see how you go.
- Take about a tablespoonful into the palm of your hand and roll into a ball. Flatten into a disc and place on the tray. These cookies won't spread very much so don't worry.
- Bake in the hot oven for 8 to 10 mins depending on the size. The outside of the cookie should start to look golden and your kitchen will smell wonderful. Remove from oven and allow to cool on your tray for about 5-10 mins before transferring to a cooling wrack.
These taste amazing as is but feel free to add dried fruit, nuts or different chocolate. You can also flatten these out a lot more than I did and make even more cookies out of the mix! If you find the mix is a little dry, add one tablespoon of water at a time until the consistency is better. Cinnamon would also make a wonderful addition! Oh! You can also use a really good quality dark chocolate (which is naturally dairy-free) to make these cookies dairy-free as well. Wow what a versatile cookie.
I've remade these several times and have went down a treat in my house! They're satisfying enough that you don't want to pig out in them (which of course is good!). I've also played around with adding flax seeds or soya milk to them too. Hey why not! So tell me, what's your favourite healthy and unhealthy treat? I am a huge sucker for avocados...it's beyond obsessive! But I also have a shoft (and rather pudgy) spot for pizza. mmm. I've really loved incorporating different fatty foods into my diet and actually seeing better weight loss results than my obsessive calorie counting and exercise days.. Let me know if you'd like to know more!
Anyway, If you tuck into these cookies and you like 'em, let me know! If not, still tell me anyway! Ha Ha! Got a recipe or post request? leave it in the comments below.