No matter what your age, you’re never too old for a freshly baked cookie. Warm, gooey and totally delicious, it’s no coincidence that cookies are one of my favorite treats to bake. Even novice bakers can whip up cookies in just a few minutes (of course, if you really just hate baking, you can also try these no-bake coconut cookies!).
One cookie recipe that’s always a crowd pleaser is this oatmeal cookie recipe. Even people who don’t consider themselves oatmeal fans rave about this one. After all, these are gluten-free and have no refined sugar. As a bonus, you’ll likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry already. Did I mention these only take 20 minutes to prepare? That even includes baking time! Next time you’re ready for a snack, try your hand at this oatmeal cookies recipe.
Are Oatmeal Cookies Good for You?
Cookies aren’t exactly considered a healthy snack, but if you are going to indulge in a cookie, you could do a lot worse than these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Oats are actually a pretty nutritious ingredient. Sometimes people think they’re not gluten-free, but oats don’t contain barley, wheat or rye, which are the three types of grains that have gluten in them. So even if you’re following a GF lifestyle, there’s no need to kick oats out of the kitchen. I do, however, still recommend that you pick up certified gluten-free oats if you are allergic to gluten, just to be sure there’s been no cross-contamination.
Have you ever experienced a stomachache or bloating after eating oats? That can be a sign your diet is lacking high-fiber foods. As your body adjusts to eating more high-fiber foods, those symptoms should subside. Drinking plenty of water with oats or soaking them overnight before cooking with them can also help in the meantime.
When whole grains like oatmeal are consumed in moderation, they can be part of a healthy diet. Oats, in particular, are packed with fiber and not just any fiber, but the filling kind, known as soluble fiber, which helps you feel full for longer. Choosing whole grains instead of refined, processed grains like white rice and pasta also means you won’t get that tired, too-full feeling after eating. That happens when your blood sugar levels spike and then crash. Luckily, oats’ low score on the glycemic index means they don’t cause the same fluctuations. (1)
But, of course, you can make anything unhealthy if you try hard enough. Are oatmeal cookies good for you? I can’t speak to every recipe out there, but my oatmeal cookie recipe is definitely healthier than a lot out there! If you’re sensitive or allergic to gluten, you’ll love this recipe because it uses Paleo flour, a gluten-free alternative to traditional flour. We’ll sweeten things up with coconut sugar, a natural sweetener that’s a good alternative to refined sugar. I like to add nutmeg, cinnamon and sea salt for extra flavor and then, of course, chocolate chips! Skip the milk chocolate chips and opt for dark chocolate for added health benefits.
Bottom line: this oatmeal cookie recipe isn’t a health food, but when you’re reaching for a cookie to curb your fix, these are a delicious and relatively healthy option.
Oatmeal Cookie Recipe Nutrition Facts
Now, let’s talk nutrition. Here’s what you’re getting in each cookie:
6.07 grams protein
7.69 grams fat
32.9 grams carbohydrates
1.572 milligrams manganese (87 percent DV)
0.225 milligrams copper (25 percent DV)
172 milligrams phosphorous (25 percent DV)
0.228 milligrams vitamin B1 (21 percent DV)
9.4 micrograms selenium (17 percent DV)
1.3 milligrams zinc (16 percent DV)
0.36 micrograms vitamin B12 (15 percent DV)
0.499 milligrams vitamin B5 (10 percent DV)
How to Make This Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
Ready to make this recipe for oatmeal cookies?
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then in a large bowl, mix the coconut sugar, eggs, coconut butter and vanilla. You can use either a hand mixer or a whisk for this; you just want all of the ingredients to be well-combined.
Then, add the flour, oats, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking soda and salt to the bowl.
Start mixing again until everything’s well-combined.
Your mixture should start looking like something you’d actually eat around now.
It’s time to get chocolate-y. Add them into the bowl and mix them until — you guessed it! — they’re well-combined.
Using your hands, roll the cookies into balls and then flatten them a bit.
Pop ’em in the oven for 8–10 minutes.
It’s cookie time!
Enjoy these healthier oatmeal cookies as a snack or dessert.
And don’t forget to dunk them in your milk of choice!
Read more: draxe.com