Healthy oatmeal cookies make for a great treat with a cup of tea, or even as you dash out the door for breakfast. Add raisins or chocolate chips, but they're pretty great all on their own.
These healthy oatmeal cookies are thick, chewy and not too sweet. Don't worry though, they're sweet and delicious enough to please even the pickiest of kids! On top of that, they're super adaptable.
I made these cookies as oatmeal raisin cookies, but you can also make them as oatmeal raisin chocolate cookies or just oatmeal chocolate cookies! And for a winter time treat, add orange zest and some dried cranberries. It's a great oatmeal cookie base and you really can't go wrong with add-ins.
Sometimes I find oatmeal cookies with just rolled oats a bit too oaty so I usually use a mix of rolled oats and quick oats. If you don't have quick oats on hand, just pulse rolled oats a few times in your food processor until they're coarsely chopped and resemble quick oats.
These cookies are also 100% whole grain! Although you could use all-purpose flour here, I went with whole wheat because honestly, you can't tell the difference in these cookies. There's enough cinnamon in these to cover up the whole grain taste. I don't know about you, but I love sneaking whole grains into my diet whenever possible. I'd never sacrifice taste for health, though!
As for the fat, you have a few options! First, there's melted coconut oil. Note that you should use refined coconut oil unless you want a slight coconut taste to your cookies. Another option is olive oil. In my baking, I like using light olive oil (the light refers to taste and color, not the calorie count). You can also use canola oil or vegetable oil.
Can't get enough oats? Enjoy these cookies alongside an oatmeal smoothie. With oats, fruit and protein powder, this drink is sure to fill you up for a while! These peanut butter balls are also full of oats and naturally sweetened with dates.