Homemade Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Fresh oatmeal cookies are second to none, in my opinion.
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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...
- 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.
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.
- Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees(F).
- In a large bowl, combine White Sugar, Brown Sugar, and Coconut Oil and mix until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Add egg substitute and Vanilla to the bowl, and beat mixture with a spoon or whisk until fluffy.
- Add Flour, Baking Soda, Cinnamon and Salt to the bowl and mix until they are completely saturated and blended.
- Add Oatmeal and a pinch of Flax Seeds to the mixture and combine all ingredients.
- Finally, add Chocolate Chips and stir to evenly distribute.
- On a large cookie sheet, use a spoon and butter knife to place 1x1 inch blobs about 2-3 inches apart.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
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|Serving size: 3 cookies|
|Calories from Fat||162|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 18 g||28%|
|Saturated fat 14 g||70%|
|Carbohydrates 34 g||11%|
|Fiber 2 g||8%|
|Protein 3 g||6%|
|Sodium 155 mg||6%|
|* 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 Slaytor