Do you remember chocolate no-bake cookies? I did not have them in childhood, but in graduate school. There, at Indiana University, they were (and still are) a favorite offering at the Sugar & Spice bakery.
Recipes for chocolate no-bakes vary, but most follow this basic format:
- Melt peanut butter, margarine, canned evaporated milk, a bit of cocoa powder, and a truckload of white sugar in a saucepan.
- Add a few oats to promote solidification of said sugar concoction.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper to cool.
A Healthy Chocolate Oat Cookie Recipe
I like the combination of chocolate and oats, but decided to make a better option. Namely, a healthier, more-chocolatey cookie with a fraction of the sugar. I like my sweet tooth; I’d rather it not fall out.
They’re my Chocolate Banana Oat Cookies, and they’re pretty great!
What Makes These Cookie So Healthy?
These healthy chocolate lovelies are:
- Gluten-free (use certified gluten-free oats, as needed)
- Refined sugar free (sweetened with a banana and 1 and 1/2 tablespoons coconut sugar)
- Only 56 calories per cookie
The cookies are not no-bakes; I tried, but each batch produced mounds of oatmeal. Not bad, but also not cookies. I recalibrated and made a baked cookie, instead. It is still very fast and easy and begins much like a non-bake chocolate oat cookie.
How to Make the Cookies (it’s Easy!)
First, make a chocolate fudge base with the following ingredients:
Make A Fudgy Base
Add the Oats
Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (if using; it adds a big flavor boost, but no worries if you do not have any on hand). Add 1 cup of oats and stir until blended.
I prefer the texture of quick-cooking oats in this recipe, but old-fashioned work perfectly, too.
Let the Dough Stand for 5 Minutes
Scoop & Bake
I used my small cookie scoop to create 12 cookies; a small spoon will work, too. Last, I dotted the tops with a few miniature chocolate chips.
Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 9 to 10 minutes, just until the surface of the cookies appears dry and set. The cookies will look more dry when they first emerge from the oven, but they will take on a warm, slightly glossy hue as they cool.
Each cookie is 56 calories, with only 3.7 grams of sugar–great for snacking, dessert, or even breakfast.
BTW: If you are not a banana fan, or have a banana allergy, don’t worry: I have an applesauce option in the recipe notes.
Other Easy & Amazing Oat Cookies to Try:
- Blueberry Oat Breakfast Bars
- Flourless Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Overnight Oatmeal Cookies
- 2-Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies