Happy Monday! I know most Mondays aren’t all that happy but a batch of cookies should improve it drastically. Cookies almost always improve things drastically right? Especially cookies that have the words healthy AND chocolate in their name.
I first experimented with these cookies a few weeks ago when I had some leftover chocolate bars after some serious s’more making. I’m not typically a baker, but I was in the mood for something sweet and not terribly bad for you. I decided to try and make these as figure friendly as I could while still passing the Robert test. The Robert test means I can feed him a cookie (or a pancake) and he just says “yum, that’s really good” instead of “Yum that’s really good but I can tell it’s healthy because it’s not very sweet/got a weird texture/is really flat for a pancake/etc”. What can I say, health-ifying baked goods isn’t ALWAYS a great success. Luckily these passed the Robert test with flying colors and he immediately ate 4 of them. I have since made them several times, including a batch to take to our dear friends and brand new parents Ben and Annie! We went to deliver casseroles and cookies and meet baby Cooper over the weekend once they were home from the hospital and my goodness, she was even tinier and more adorable than I ever could have imagined!
So sweet! Robert loves babies and it was pretty precious to watch him hold her, and even more precious to see how excited he was for our friends. SOMEDAY we will be ready for one of our own and I know he will be a fantastic father. For now he will have to settle for Renly… and cookies
So what exactly makes these cookies so healthy you may wonder? Well for starters, there is NO refined sugar, they are sweetened with just a little honey and whatever you choose to mix in. I chose chopped dark chocolate and coconut, but you could use nuts, raisins, dried cranberries, even M and M’s, whatever your heart desires! There is also no dairy in these cookies, no eggs or butter and no oil! I replaced all of the above with unsweetened applesauce and it worked! Hooray!
Confession: Often Sometimes when I bake I don’t read the recipe all the way through. I know this is the cardinal sin of baking, hence why I am not the best baker and don’t do it often. Cooking is a lot more forgiving, baking, well, let’s just say that if I had a dollar for every time I have started mixing ingredients only to realize that whoops, should have separated the wet from the dry first…well, yeah, I’d have a lot of dollars.
The first time I made these cookies I remembered how you are supposed to bake and I mixed all my wet ingredients separately. They came out great and once again I was reminded that there is a reason for following those pesky things called directions. The second time I made these cookies I totally forgot how you are supposed to bake, probably because I was watching Real Housewives distracted by something important and I dumped everything into the same big bowl. Whoops. I figured I could either start over or just go with it and see what happened, worst case scenario I ended up with crappy cookies that probably wouldn’t pass the Robert test on their second go round. Well lo and behold they came out of the oven and they tasted exactly like the first batch! Lazy Girl Win! So if you want to mix your ingredients separately, you can and they will be awesome, or if you want to just use one bowl, you can do that too and they will be equally as awesome.
Hope you enjoy these lightened up, chewy oatmeal cookies!
Healthy Coconut Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies
Makes 15-16 cookies
1 and 1/2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 Cup Flour (Any kind is fine, I used bread flour because it was what I had)
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1/3 Cup Honey
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Baking powder
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut
1/2 Cup Chopped Dark Chocolate
1. Preheat oven to 350. Use a silpat or spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
2. Combine all ingredients except for mix-in’s in a large bowl. Mix well until all ingredients are combined.
3. Gently fold in desired mix-in’s.
4. Drop by the spoonful onto baking sheet, you can press the cookies or form them however you’d like since they won’t spread out during baking.
5. Bake for 12-15 minutes and cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!