Monday, January 19, 2015

Healthy Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
I need sweets in my life. NEED 'EM! So, I'm trying to make some healthier dessert recipes to satisfy my sweet tooth but keep me on the wedding diet bandwagon. This recipe is the new year's first endeavor.
Healthy Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
First let me tell you a depressing tale: I made these cookies. I went to take them out of the oven. I slipped. Half the cookies slid onto the oven door. Kayle held back tears and salvaged the crumbled cookies (after safely putting the intact cookies out of harm's way). So....ya know...try not to be clumsy like me. 

Seriously. I am SO clumsy. Like, growing up, I used to routinely run into the walls of my house (which I'd lived in my entire life). My mom used to joke about it and I'd tell her "the walls move!", but it was so commonplace that I had to holler everytime I'd bump into something or trip, etc., "I'M OK!" to reassure my mom. Because...yeah. It happened a lot. And nothing has changed. I routinely have bruises and random little cuts (and occasional big ones-still remember when I got stitches from trying to make a sandwich a little while back?). And, a couple months ago, I fell down the stairs. It was a dumb case of "oops, missed the step!" and then I landed on my toe and the stupid thing is STILL NOT HEALED.'s not broken (I had it x-rayed) and I've been buddy-toe'ing it and just when it was seeming like it was about to get better, a couple weeks ago it got bad again. Out of nowhere. I didn't even hit it! So I'm frustrated about it. And my clumsiness. And none of this has anything to do with cookies except that they make me feel better. 

--and for the record, since writing now isn't hurting anymore. I think I may have developed one of those things that hurts when the weather is bad....oh man...I'm old.
Healthy Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
SO! Cookies!

There are a few things that make them healthier:
  1. Oat flour (instead of all purpose flour)--oats are gluten-free (usually), contain fewer carbs than wheat flour and have more protein and fiber! Which is great-and it's super easy to make. Just grind some oats until it has a flour consistency. TA DAAA!
  2. Very minimal sugar (especially compared to regular cookies).
  3. No butter-so these are dairy free and low-fat. Coconut oil is used as the healthier fat option for this recipe.
  4. Dark chocolate chips for antioxidants! And...because it makes life worth living :)
The end result is a slightly nutty, definitely coconut-y, kind of oatmeal cookie textured, slightly crumbly, chewy, yummy cookie! And you can eat them for breakfast. Which I think we all agree is the dream.

 Healthy Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Chelsea's Messy Apron's "Best EVER healthy chocolate chip cookies"

Healthy Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 15-18 cookies.
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp. dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 and 1/2 cups oat flour (to make this at home--process regular oats in a food processor until it's achieved a flour-like consistency, measure the end flour-product to 1 and 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Optional-course sea salt, for sprinkling
  • Melt coconut oil to liquid form (if it isn't already)--let cool for a bit.
  • Mix together vanilla extract, egg, and brown sugar. Beat in the slightly cooled coconut oil.
  • Stir in the oat flour, baking soda, and salt until just combined.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Cover the bowl and let the dough chill for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees and prepare a large baking sheet with silpat, parchment paper, or by coating with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop (and pack the dough in tightly to avoid crumbling) to scoop cookie dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet. Leave a couple inches between each cookie. If desired, press a few more chocolate chips into the tops of the cookies. 
  • Bake 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges. 
  • Allow to cool at least 2 minutes on the baking sheet before moving to a wire rack. Let cool completely before eating or they will crumble. Sprinkle with sea salt, if desired.
  • Store leftover cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Healthy Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Gooey chocolate is a must-have in this world.
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