The perfect healthy dessert, snack, or breakfast when you're craving something sweet!
These cookies are one of my favorites because they taste just as good as regular cookies, while being so much healthier!
The chewy center, crispy edges, and melted chocolate chips make them super addictive and you'll want to keep eating them forever. I may or may not have eaten them all in one day...🙃
These cookies are loaded with fiber and have no refined carbs or sugar with the help of a few ingredients:
• Chia seeds—These are commonly used as an egg substitute for vegans, and they’re actually very healthy. Healthy unsaturated fats, vitamins, and lots of fiber make chia seeds my favorite binder for vegan desserts.
• Rolled oats—These are used in two ways: as the flour and as the oats. Blending them up is a nutritious substitute for regular all purpose flour. It also has plenty of fiber, unsaturated fats, and protein, and it allows this recipe to be gluten free.
• Maple syrup and pure cane sugar—Unrefined natural sugar is always the way to go. You can also use honey instead of maple syrup if you’re not vegan.
• Applesauce and avocado oil—No butter, a.k.a. saturated fat, needed! Avocado oil has plenty of unsaturated fats and applesauce has natural sugars and fiber. These two healthy alternatives keep the cookies super moist without excess saturated fat!
Another thing I love about this recipe is that it’s so versatile. You can put whatever toppings you want! I’ve tried it with white chocolate chips, raisins, and sliced almonds and they’re just as good. Feel free to get creative!
Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 6 tablespoons water
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- ¼ cup pure cane sugar
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract optional
- 1 ½ cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1 cup gluten free oat flour blended oats
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup vegan chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a baking sheet with a silicone mat, parchment paper, or oil spray. Set aside.
- Mix the chia seeds with water and set aside to rest for 5-10 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, sift oat flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, and salt with the oats and whisk to combine.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the chia seed mixture, applesauce, avocado oil, sugar, vanilla extract, and honey.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and add the chocolate chips, or any additional toppings you want.
- Scoop about a tablespoon of batter on your prepared baking sheet, or use a cookie scoop. Flatten the cookies in a circle using a spoon.
- Bake for 10 minutes. After taking them out of the oven, let them sit for a few minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.