If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthier, but you’re already craving a warm chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven—you’re in luck!
This simple recipe for healthy chocolate chip cookies is delicious, wholesome, and made with only nine ingredients you might already have in your refrigerator and pantry.
And the best part? These gooey, chewy cookies taste so good that you’ll be surprised to discover that this recipe is vegan and gluten-free—there’s no whole-wheat flour, butter, or eggs in this recipe.
You won’t believe that eating healthy can taste this good!
What You’ll Love About this Recipe
- Makes 12 large or 16 small cookies—Makes enough to snack on some now, share some with friends, and save some for later.
- Gluten-free and vegan—Since there are no eggs, butter, or oil in this recipe, it’s the perfect dessert for those following gluten-free or vegan diets.
- Only nine ingredients—You probably have most of the nine ingredients for the recipe on hand already.
- Healthy and wholesome—These cookies are significantly more nutritious than the average chocolate chip cookie recipe. Made with only a half cup of regular sugar and several other healthy substitutes, you’ll be delighted that you can enjoy these cookies as a guilt-free treat.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
- 2 cups oat flour (or ground oats)
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup melted coconut oil (or olive oil)
- 2/3 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Optional: sea salt
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total: 1 hour and 5 minutes
- Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Whisk the coconut oil, coconut sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla together in a large bowl until the mixture is smooth.
- Stir in the dry ingredients to the large bowl until just combined with wet ingredients. The key is to not over-stir the mixture.
- Fold in the chocolate chips (or other mix-ins!) with a spatula.
- Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Scoop large spoonfuls of cookie dough onto the baking sheet, leaving plenty of space between each cookie. For perfectly round cookies, roll each piece of dough into a ball before placing it on the baking sheet.
- Freeze the cookies for 30 minutes, or refrigerate the cookies for at least 4 hours. Then, remove the cookie sheet from the freezer or refrigerator.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Bake for 14–16 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are golden-brown.
- Cool on the cookie sheet before serving, and enjoy!
About the Ingredients
Even though most of the ingredients in your healthy chocolate chip cookies are the same as regular ‘ole cookies, there are a few gluten-free, vegan swaps you’ll need to make for this recipe.
Oat flour is an excellent substitute for all-purpose or whole wheat flour. Unlike almond flour or coconut flour, oat flour has a similar texture to regular flour, and you can almost always use it as a 1:1 substitute for cookies.
Oat flour has excellent health benefits—one cup of whole-grain oat flour is packed with 21 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber. It’s also one of the most affordable and easy to find gluten-free flour substitutes on the market.
To ensure your recipe is gluten-free, verify that you are using a gluten-free oat flour brand, like Bob’s Red Mill. You can also purchase gluten-free oats to grind in a food processor to make your own oat flour—this option is often a better value.
Rich, flavorful coconut oil is the perfect healthy baking substitute for butter, vegetable oil, canola oil. You can always use an equal amount of coconut oil as a swap for melted butter or other oils in most recipes.
Coconut oil is also good for you. Studies show the coconut oil contains healthy fatty acids, boosts heart health, encourages fat burning, and keeps you full.
Coconut Sugar & Granulated Sugar
Coconut sugar is a better source of iron, zinc, calcium, and antioxidants than white granulated sugar. Substituting the majority of white sugar in this recipe with coconut sugar is a more healthful option.
Baking Soda & Baking Powder
Baking soda and baking powder are essentials for every cookie recipe—baking soda helps your cookies expand, and baking powder helps your cookies lift.
Vanilla Extract & Salt
Vanilla extract and salt add to and balance the flavor of your cookies.
This recipe calls for dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate because they are an excellent antioxidant source. However, you can substitute dark chocolate chips for semi-sweet chips, white chocolate chips, or milk chocolate chips.
If you are looking for a sugar-free option, try Lily’s Dark Chocolate Baking Chips. There are also dozens of dairy-free chocolate chips you can purchase to ensure your recipe is 100% vegan.
Healthy Mix-Ins and Toppings
Just because your cookies are healthy doesn’t mean they can’t be fun! Try adding some of these delicious mix-ins and toppings to your cookies.
Nuts: Give your chewy chocolate chip cookies some crunch by adding pecans, almonds, walnuts, or macadamia nuts.
Oats: Instead of using 100% oat flour, throw in a half-cup of oats to add a chewy texture to your cookies.
Sea Salt: Top your cookies with coarse ground sea salt right after they come out of the oven for a salty twist that perfectly complements the rich chocolate flavor.
Tips & Tricks for the Perfect Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ensure your cookies turn out perfectly with these helpful tips!
Add Hot Water
When working with flour and egg substitutes, your cookie dough might turn out a bit dry. If this is the case, add one tablespoon of hot water to your cookie dough at a time until the dough is no longer crumbly.
Chill the Dough
Chilling your cookie dough helps the coconut oil to solidify, resulting in firm, chewy cookies. If you’re impatient for your cookies (we’ve all been there!), pop them in your freezer for at least 20 minutes before baking to ensure they have the best texture possible.
Use parchment paper or silicone baking mats on your cookie sheet to ensure mess-free clean-up!
How to Save Your Cookies
Here are some tips for storing your healthy chocolate chip cookies so they are just as delicious the next time you eat them.
Store Leftover Cookies
Leftover cookies should remain fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for one week.
Freeze Leftover Cookies
If you’d like to make your healthy chocolate chip cookies now and store them in the freezer for later, they should last for five to six months.