Leading a healthy lifestyle surely doesn’t mean totally depriving yourself of sweets or those savory snacks you like to munch on. In fact, rewarding yourself occasionally can even prevent you from going haywire on your disciplined eating habits and can even prevent you from binge eating. What about some delicious oatmeal cookies?
Whether it’s a once a week treat for all the workout and dieting you’ve been doing or a once in a blue moon craving that needs to be satisfied, the key is keeping your eye on the fitness goal and eating in moderation at all times.
A simple and healthy treat you can make for yourself are Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, surely a guiltless way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
More than being delicious, this recipe packs whole grains and other real ingredients that are good for you so you can have your cookie and eat it, too! Chewy and moist, these oatmeal cookies are fabulous and loaded with chocolate chips in every bite!
We can attest that this recipe makes for a fool-proof batch of Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies since we tried making them too! With every crunchy-chewy bite, you will surely find yourself thinking how can something be so healthy taste so good?
Well what are you waiting for? Get those ingredients ready and be ready to get your oatmeal cookies craving satisfied- sans the guilt!
Ingredients (Yields 12-15 cookies):
- 1 cup quick oats
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, spooned and leveled
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- scant 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup honey
- about 1/2 to 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips, divided
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Pull out 2 medium bowls, one for dry ingredients, one for wet.
- In one bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- Melt the butter in the other bowl. You don’t have to melt it all the way, if there are a couple lumps it’s okay. Let cool slightly.
- Whisk in the vanilla, then the egg. Whisk in the honey.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to stir until it has just come together (don’t overdo it).
- Save out about half of the chocolate chips. Use a sharp knife to roughly chop the remaining chocolate, then fold it into the dough.
- Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes, or freeze for about 15 minutes.
- Use your hands to shape the dough into roughly 15 cookies
- Place on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 12-13 minutes, or until they have just started to brown on the edges.
- Once you remove them from the oven, immediately press the remaining chocolate chips into the tops of the cookies.
- Let cool on the pan for a few minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
- Drink with lots of milk!
Feel free to experiment on this recipe and adjust to your liking. You can add fruits for an added tang or nuts for a surprising crunch and an extra dose of protein! At the end of the day, this is your chance to get creative in the kitchen.
Some tips to remember:
How to store oatmeal cookies?
- Once cooled down, be sure to keep these cookies in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Best to eat them freshly-baked, of course!
Can you freeze cookies?
- Absolutely! These healthy oatmeal cookies will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Simply store in an air-tight container (large Ziplocs work great for this!), and write the date you made the cookies + the name of the cookies on the bag before placing in the freezer.
How do you thaw oatmeal cookies?
- Thaw these cookies at room temperature overnight, or if you’re in a pinch for a healthy oatmeal cookie right now, remove a cookie from the freezer and place in the microwave for 1 minute on defrost, or until it’s chewy and delicious.
Always remember, this temporary pass to satisfy cravings shouldn’t mean you need to offset all the hard work you’ve put in. It simply means giving yourself a small reward for continuing to work on your health and fitness. So kudos to you and enjoy a cookie before hitting the gym.