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Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Brooke McLay |

It’s the New Year.  Which means it’s officially time to kick that nagging, little chocolate habit, right?  Wrong!  With this easy recipe, you can whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies that are lower in fat, lower in calories, and higher in nutrition than most other cookies.  Sound like a recipe for dry, untasty, unfulfilling little clumps of dough? Wrong again!  These cookies bake up crisp on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, and are chock-full of chocolatey hunks.  Better yet, they aren’t teensy, dainty little cookies.  These are palm–sized cookies, weighing in at just about 65 calories a piece. You might have resolved to drop a few pounds, eat healthier, and stay away from dessert, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat like a rabbit.  In fact, with this recipe, you’ll feel like you’re eating pure indulgence, even as you stick with your New Years resolutions.

These cookies call for Coach’s Oats, which are a special brand of toasted, steel cut oats.  They lend a chewy texture to the cookies, and I definitely recommend you hunt them down for the recipe (you can usually find them at Costco).  If you’re unable to find them, you can substitute them in this recipe with old-fashioned oats.

Healthy & Delicious Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Coach’s Oats
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chunks

In an electric mixer, beat together the olive oil, brown sugar, and egg until fluffy.  Add the remaining ingredients and beat until well mixed.  Use a medium (approximately 2 tablespoons in size) cookie scoop to place cookies on a cookie sheet.  Bake in an oven preheated to 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. 

Makes 24 cookies.

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About Brooke McLay


Brooke McLay

Brooke McLay is a recipe developer, food writer, food photographer, and cooking show host for Babble, General Mills, and Good Cook. You can find and follow her latest whims at Cheeky Kitchen. Read bio and latest posts → Read Brooke's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Lauren @ says:

    I haven’t tried olive oil in cookies before, but this recipe sounds so good that I think I will have to try it! I also like that the recipe doesn’t call for loads of sugar. Perfect for a fresh start to a new year :) .

  2. susan says:

    Made these with white whole wheat flour and butter and they are delicious! I doubled the recipe and got about 40 cookies. the kids love them!! Will definately make again and again!

  3. Shannon says:

    I made the Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies and they were amazing! However, I left out the walnuts. How would this affect the calorie count? Btw, I only got 12 tablespoon-size cookies out of this recipe and I followed it exactly, except or the walnuts.

    I also used whole wheat flour instead of white whole wheat flour. Would this make a difference?

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