Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Yields: about 28 -32 cookies Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes
No butter here, but instead a fiber and iron filled cookie rich in healthy fats! These cookies still have a traditional flavor of the favorite chocolate chip cookies, but they also boast whole wheat flour, oats and coconut oil.
1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil
1/2 cup cane sugar
1 teaspoon unsulphured molasses
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons coconut milk (not canned), or other milk alternative
1 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Combine coconut oil and sugar until well mixed (this helps prevent the coconut oil from hardening together). Add oatmeal, molasses, vanilla, eggs and coconut milk.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients (whole wheat flour, baking soda, and salt) and mix well.
4. Combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well. Add in chocolate chips until well combined.
5. Drop batter about 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons on a silicone or parchment paper lined baking tray about 2 inches apart. (You could always use a plain baking sheet. I prefer using parchment paper for easier clean up. If using a bare baking tray, the cooking time may be reduced just a minute or so.)
6. Bake at 375 for 9-11 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container on counter for 5 days or in freezer for longer to preserve freshness.
With Valentine’s Day comes a massive amount of candy, so one would think cookies would be the last on my baking list. However, for me, it is imperative to have a healthier alternative for my sweet cravings so I don’t reach for the candy that somehow made it into the house (thanks to loving grandparents!!).
Really, though, my kids are lucky. They have grandparents that are pretty careful of what they give them, so even the candy has decent ingredients. For a treat, it’s all good to have this stuff once in a while. But I’m mid-way into my thirties. Heart-shaped treats don’t entice me. Chocolate is my weakness. However, when I combine oats, some sugar, and a bit of healthy fat filled coconut oil, with chocolate chips – it’s something I just can’t pass up.
Another benefit is these cookies are not simply empty calories. They are rich in fiber, protein, iron, as well as other minerals and vitamins. Whole wheat flour and oats provide the base. Coconut oil, rich in nutrients, is the only fat, and while high in saturated fat, it is a medium chain fatty acid, which has some pretty cool benefits – check them out here.
Because these are filled with nutrient dense ingredients, they fill me up. Despite the delicious taste that makes my mouth want more and more, the oats and coconut oil really contribute to making these very satisfying.
These cookies are also dairy free, and could be vegan if you replaced the egg with a vegan substitute. So, despite the heart-shaped, red and pink (naturally derived, of course) candy that often calls my name, I can easily pass that stuff up when these cookies are an option. Plus, it's even better when my kids choose these over the candy, too!
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