Homemade Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Fresh oatmeal cookies are second to none, in my opinion.

These chewy oatmeal chocolate chip treats are made with coconut oil instead of butter, making them not only healthier, but tastier!
These chewy oatmeal chocolate chip treats are made with coconut oil instead of butter, making them not only healthier, but tastier! | Source

What's the Verdict?

3.7 stars from 65 ratings of Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cook Time

Prep time: 12 min
Cook time: 8 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Yields approximately 4 dozen Cookies

Note about Coconut Oil

Pure organic extra virgin coconut oil is one of the most stable and healthy forms of saturated fat and lasts for years, even beyond the expiration date. It is solid at room temperature and only begins to liquefy above 76°F. It does not need to be refrigerated and can be stored in liquid form or solid.

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Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil - 29 oz
Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil - 29 oz

Smooth, melt in your mouth delicious and light organic coconut oil. Can be used for all types of cooking as a substitute for butter..

 

Healthier Desserts Don't Always Have to Taste Like Sawdust

So I have a sweet tooth, always have and always will. And I love Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies made with coconut oil! But I am also an advocate of balance in regards to nutrition. So I started playing around with a recipe (to try to give it a healthier spin), and what I came up with has gotten rave reviews from friends and family. I really wanted to make butter-free cookies, and after a little research, I discovered pure unrefined coconut oil (a natural and healthy saturated fat). It works like magic and is good for you in so many ways! Plus it adds great flavor and makes the cookies nice and light. Beyond that, I use slightly less chocolate chips, and incorporate flax seeds for added fiber and a little Omega-3 fatty acids.

Now I'm sure some will argue that my use of refined sugar and white flour is counterproductive. But I disagree. Like I said before, I believe in balance in nutrition. And besides, cookies are cookies, not vegetables. I've tried many healthy substitutes for items such as sugar in the past, but the cookies just never tasted right (but I will keep looking). And let's face it, desserts aren't supposed to be health supplements. We aren't meant to eat them all the time. They are a treat. But with that said, I do think it's important to try and incorporate healthy ingredients (like coconut oil) when we can, to help enhance our recipes, not ruin them. Plus, I really think coconut oil in place of butter makes these cookies taste so much better. Just my opinion ;-)

Ok here we go...

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar, (firmly packed)
  • 1/2 Cup + 6 Tbls Coconut Oil, (butter substitute)
  • 1 Tbls Ground Flax Seed, (egg substitute)
  • 1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour, I use King Arthur brand.
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Flax Seeds, (optional)
  • 3 Cups Oatmeal
  • 3/4 - 1 Cup Chocolate Chips, Sometimes I just use a handful or two.
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon, (optional)

Keep each cookie about 2-3 inches spaced apart.

Oatmeal cookies hold together quite well using coconut oil instead of butter. It's healthier, lighter and tastier!
Oatmeal cookies hold together quite well using coconut oil instead of butter. It's healthier, lighter and tastier! | Source

Egg Substitute

Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed and about 3 tablespoons of water, stir until it starts to thicken and hold together. Replaces 1 egg.

Alternatively, you can use ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce, or ¼ cup mashed banana. ¼ cup replaces 1 egg.

Directions

  1. Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees(F).
  2. In a large bowl, combine White Sugar, Brown Sugar, and Coconut Oil and mix until sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Add egg substitute and Vanilla to the bowl, and beat mixture with a spoon or whisk until fluffy.
  4. Add Flour, Baking Soda, Cinnamon and Salt to the bowl and mix until they are completely saturated and blended.
  5. Add Oatmeal and a pinch of Flax Seeds to the mixture and combine all ingredients.
  6. Finally, add Chocolate Chips and stir to evenly distribute.
  7. On a large cookie sheet, use a spoon and butter knife to place 1x1 inch blobs about 2-3 inches apart.
  8. Place cookie sheet in preheated oven and bake for 7-8 minutes. I find that less is sometimes more when it comes to baking time, especially if you like chewy cookies instead of crunchy.
  9. Now remove cookies from baking sheet and place them on a cooling rack or piece of foil. Enjoy!

The cookies should not flatten out too much when baked.

For a soft chewy texture, consider taking the cookies out of the oven a little early and let them sit on the pan to cool.
For a soft chewy texture, consider taking the cookies out of the oven a little early and let them sit on the pan to cool. | Source

All good cookies must come to an end... but you can always make more!

So there you have it! Simple, fast, and delicious! Your friends and family will praise you when you offer them a taste of these little treats and will undoubtedly want more. And it's no wonder, using coconut oil as an alternative to butter makes them much less filling than you would think. And plus with the addition of healthy fat, you can feel a little better about indulging in these heavenly bites of goodness. Just don't overdo it too much ;-)

Now Pour a Glass of Ice Cold Milk and Enjoy!

Enjoy a plate of chewy, scrumptious egg-free and butter-free oatmeal cookies!
Enjoy a plate of chewy, scrumptious egg-free and butter-free oatmeal cookies! | Source

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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 3 cookies
Calories 295
Calories from Fat162
% Daily Value *
Fat 18 g28%
Saturated fat 14 g70%
Carbohydrates 34 g11%
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 3 g6%
Sodium 155 mg6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

© 2012 Jon Stoll

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Comments 18 comments

Beth 11 months ago

I'm not a fan of oatmeal cookies...but these are literally my new FAVORITE COOKIES!!! my entire family LOVES them! I did use an egg instead of ground flax (only because I didn't have any on hand) and they were still amazing!


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Larry Rankin 15 months ago from Oklahoma

One of my favorite types of cookies. I'll have to give this recipe a try.


Allison Bayer 4 years ago

I just made these cookies, I was in the mood for oatmeal cookies and looked up how to make oatmeal cookies with coconut oil. Omg these are soo good except I changed the chocolate chips to dried cranberries. Soo good Im going to be using this recipe from now on!


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Shadolyst 4 years ago from Burlington, Vermont Author

J. Roy, happy to hear they turned out well for you! They are simple, yet delicious and always a hit ;) I plan on posting more hubs soon, been quite busy lately.


J. Roy 4 years ago

This recipe is excellent, never have I tried a better cookie. I bake cookies a lot at Christmas and get frustrated with flat cookies. This recipe did not flatten and tasted divine!!! Post more excellent recipes, please!!


pinky 4 years ago

AMAZIING!!!!! (made them with raisins)


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Shadolyst 4 years ago from Burlington, Vermont Author

ptrg777 , yeah I've been trying to use coconut oil for a lot of my cooking. Using fresh high quality oil makes all the difference in the world. Currently I'm using Natures Way EfaGold Coconut Oil. It smells great and is really smooth. There are many others, like Garden of Life or Nutiva, and it's great if you buy in bulk. Let me know how it works out!


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ptrg777 4 years ago from New York

Definitely will be trying this recipe! I Love Chocolate Chip Cookies but with Coconut...UGHHHHH that just leaves me drooling!


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Shadolyst 4 years ago from Burlington, Vermont Author

Claudia, that's great! They really are delicious, my friends and family always rave about them.  So glad you liked them! Thank you so much for the stars and vote! ;)


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

I finally got the chance to bake your chocolate chip oatmeal cookies this weekend and I found them absolutely delicious!!!!! Thanks very much for sharing this recipe, I will cherish it and make it many more times :D Voted up, useful and awesome! This recipe deserves stars.


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Shadolyst 4 years ago from Burlington, Vermont Author

They really ARE good haha! Anytime I have people over the entire batch disappears within minutes. It's kind of ridiculous :-P


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LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

Great idea! I have plenty of coconut oil. I'm going to try them as soon as I get home!

PS that dough looks so good I could lick my iphone screen...


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey

I like the idea of using coconut oil. It provides so many health benefits. This idea is cool because you get the coconut flavor without having to fight coconut flakes.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

This is a healthful dessert recipe I'll actually try. I think my husband would enjoy it and he wouldn't feel like he was being "cheated". I'm marking this. Voted up and shared!


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Shadolyst 4 years ago from Burlington, Vermont Author

Sure thing jayfalcon ;) glad you liked them!


jayfalcon 4 years ago

Wow, you were NOT kidding! These were amazing! So chewy and full of flavor. Thanks! :)


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Shadolyst 4 years ago from Burlington, Vermont Author

Claudia, yeah I try not to be too extreme when it comes to nutrition, but I like to educate myself about it. I hope you like this recipe. I just made a batch today for a get-together! My friends love them :)


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

I agree with your general view on nutrition and it just happens that I have a pot of coconut butter in my pantry; I will definitely try your recipe. Great idea to substitute regular butter with coconut oil! :)

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