Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

These easy healthier chocolate chip cookies are perfect for when you want a little sweet treat! Filled with almond meal, oats, flaxseed, honey and dark chocolate chips! Gluten, dairy and egg free!

Two Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies on a napkin with milk to the side.

I’m not really a healthy dessert kind of girl.  With the exception of fruit, I’d rather eat decadent desserts in moderation.  You know, lots of chocolate or crumb topping.  Or plenty of ice cream on occasion. 

But when my friend from college (hi niki!) sent me an email with a recipe request for a healthier chocolate chip cookie, I was more than happy to accept the challenge.

It’s taken quite a bit of time (and cookies!) to get it right, but I’m finally ready to share.

Three Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies stacked on a napkin.

These cookies are actually packed full of things that are so much better for you than regular chocolate chip cookies (hello lots of butter and sugar!).  

They have a good amount of ground flaxseed, plenty of oats, whole wheat pastry flour or almond meal, along with natural sweeteners and a little bit of coconut oil.  No butter in sight.

And the best part?  They actually taste good.  While these are clearly not an overly indulgent type of cookie, they are pretty darn delicious if I do say so myself.  And trust me, I taste tested quite a few.  

They are more on the soft and cake-like side of cookies, so don’t expect anything super chewy.  And are a little less sweet than a regular chocolate chip cookie, but still filled with plenty of oats and chocolate to satisfy a craving.  

Another bonus?  No need to bust out the mixer to make these.  Just a few bowls and your whisk.

Two Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies with a bite taken out of one.

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Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: about 13 to 15 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

These easy healthier chocolate chip cookies are perfect for when you want a little sweet treat! Filled with almond meal, oats, flaxseed, honey and dark chocolate chips! Gluten, dairy and egg free!


  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour OR 1 cup almond meal*
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil**
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips***
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat pastry flour (or almond meal), oats, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, honey, applesauce, coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry and mix until just combined. Gently fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
  4. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of dough and drop onto the prepared cookie sheet (I used my large cookie scoop). Gently flatten the cookies slightly. You can space them pretty close together as they won’t really spread while baking.
  5. Bake for about 11 to 13 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool directly on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


*Make sure that you use either the whole wheat pastry flour OR the almond meal (do not use both!). We found that we slightly preferred the way these tasted with the almond meal - but still loved them with the pastry flour. It works great either way but the dough will be slightly wetter with the almond meal (again, it still works fine, just make sure you measure everything correctly). Be sure to use the almond meal if you need to keep these gluten free.

**Melt the coconut oil first and then measure out the 3 tablespoons (otherwise you may use too much).

***To keep these dairy free - be sure to use dairy free chocolate chips.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 112mg Carbohydrates: 20g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 12g Protein: 4g
Nutrition data shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice. Nutritional info shown uses the almond meal, NOT the pastry flour.