Cookies are my favorite! My favorite thing to bake and eat. But let’s be honest a typical cookie isn’t the best thing to eat. That is why I love these cookies so much. They taste amazing but are packed full of healthy ingredients! These Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Flax Chocolate Chip Cookies taste as good as any cookie I’ve ever had but are made with coconut oil instead of butter and are packed full of oats and flax! My kids love these too and they have no idea that I’ve made them healthier than regular chocolate chip cookies.
This recipe is like a typical chocolate chip cookie but with a few smart changes. Instead of butter you use coconut oil. Just melt the coconut oil until it’s liquid and measure as you would another oil like canola. I love using coconut oil. Here are some great reason to eat more of it. I get my coconut oil from Trader Joe’s but a lot of my friends buy it from Costco. There is a slight coconut flavor from the oil in these cookies but it’s not that noticeable. You could even add 1/2 a cup of shredded coconut to these cookies if you want.
You also add a full cup of oats and 1/2 a cup of flax seed! I adapted this recipe from Averie Cooks recipe for Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies. I have been wanting to make a cookie and pack it full of flax seed since it’s so good for you! Here are some reasons why. When I was making this recipe I wasn’t sure if 1/2 a cup of flaxseed would be too much but it turned out to be perfect! You hardly notice except for you can see it in the cookie. It gives it a darker color than a typical chocolate chip cookie.
Just a note about the recipe, the dough needs to be chilled for at least 2 hours in the fridge. I just place all my dough balls on one cookie sheet, cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge. But if you are short on time you can just place it in the freezer for 15 minutes and it works just as well! This helps the cookies not to spread but almost too well! So if you want the to be more flat than rounded be sure to gently press down of them before baking. Also, I love to add some chocolate chips on top to make it look prettier and of course who doesn’t love more chocolate?
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not instant or quick)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup flaxseed, finely ground
- ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- In a large mixing bowl, or bowl of a stand mixer, add the egg, coconut oil, sugars, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Mix until combined.
- Add the baking soda, oats, flour, and flaxseed and mix until combined. Mix in the chocolate chips.
- Form the dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper. Top with more chocolate chips if desired. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate or at least 2 hours or up to 5 days. This will help the cookies not to spread. (Shortcut: Freeze for about 15 minutes.) Also, the cookies won’t spread much after being chilled so if you want the cookies to be a little flatter press down slightly.
- Preheat oven to 350 F, line 2 baking sheets with a Silpat or parchment paper. Place the cookie dough balls 2 inches apart. Bake about 9 minutes or until edges and top are just beginning to set. Do not bake longer than 10 minutes to ensure the cookies are still soft. They will firm up as they cool. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
- Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 4 months. The cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.
Adapted from Averie Cooks
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