Cookies! And not just any cookies, but double chocolate cookies!
Caramel and butterscotch flavors are definitely my number one flavor jam, but chocolate is a close second. And when a chocolate craving comes knocking, I have to answer.
My answer on this given day is equal parts delicious and nourishing: Double Chocolate Oat Cookies!
What Makes These Cookies So Healthy?
Despite tasting like a chocolate dream come true, these cookies are:
- Vegan (no eggs, no dairy)
- Refined Sugar Free
- Rich in antioxidants (from the cocoa powder & dark chocolate bits)
- Nut-free (if you use sunflower seed butter in place of nut butter)
- High in fiber
You can definitely eat one of these cookies as part of a healthy breakfast– on the go, or while savoring an extra few minutes of pre-work bliss with a cup of coffee–or as a healthy snack or pre-/post-workout gnosh.
The key takeaway: eat more chocolate cookies.
How to Make Healthy Double Chocolate Oat Cookies
Good news: these cookies are super-simple to make! You most likely have everything you need in the pantry, including rolled oats, nut or seed butter, coconut oil (or the oil of your choice), coconut sugar (or brown sugar), cocoa powder, and whatever dark chocolate you can find.
Step 1: Grind Some Oat Flour
If this sounds difficult, fear not, it is not. Grinding your own oat flour is as simple as measuring oats into a food processor, pressing ON, and processing until the oats resemble a fine flour.
You can go super fine with the flour for the recipe, or a coarser grind, it is entirely up to you. I like to keep a little bit of texture to these cookies (fine with some bigger chopped oat pieces), but any level of grind will work.
Mix the Wet Ingredients
Leave the oat mixture in the processor for now; no need to dirty a separate bowl. Next, place the coconut oil and your choice of nut or seed butter in a large bowl. You do not need to melt the coconut oil before adding it to the bowl because next in the bowl is boiling water, which melt both the oil and nut butter.
Once the nut butter mixture is stirred smooth, add 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal and a smidge of vanilla extract. The flaxseed meal helps to hold the cookies together in the absence of eggs. You can use an equal amount of ground chia seeds in place of the flaxseed meal, if you like.
Let the wet ingredient stand for 5 minutes to cool, and to allow the flax to thicken.
Shape and Bake the Cookies
Once the wet ingredients have cooled a bit, stir in the oat mixture until completely blended. Last, stir in some chopped dark chocolate (about 1.5 to 2 ounces).
Shape the dough into 16 equal portions and roll each into a ball. Place half of the balls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Because these cookies are lower in fat than traditional cookies, they need some help to achieve their intended shape. Specifically, flatten each ball with the palm of your hand until about 1/8 to 1/4- inch thick.
Bake the cookies in a preheated 350F oven for 11to12minutes until just barely set at the centers. Let the cookies cool for another minute on the sheet before removing to a cooling rack. Done!
You are going to love the deep chocolate, brownie-like flavor of these cookies! Happy Baking!
More Healthy, Delicious Vegan Chocolate Treats to Try:
- 3-Ingredient Banana Fudge Brownies
- 4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies
- Vegan Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Vegan & Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Cookies
- 100% Flax Chocolate Cookies
- Vegan Coconut Flour Brownies
- Chickpea Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Healthy Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie