4 Secrets to a Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie

4 Secrets to a Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie
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4 Secrets to a Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie

1. Use healthier fats

Classic chocolate chip cookies are loaded with butter. And butter is loaded with saturated fat. In our cookie, we replace some of the butter with tahini — a sesame seed puree. It has less saturated fat than butter and adds that subtle nutty flavor you might be missing.

2. Add oats

You might think that adding oats to a chocolate chip cookie is sacrilegious, but oats add fiber without imparting an off taste. Plus they add texture. This allows us to cut back on the chocolate chips a little (which add calories and fat) without feeling like we’re missing out.

3. Add some whole-wheat flour

The taste of whole-wheat flour can take some getting used to and might make for a tougher cookie. But when it’s mixed with all-purpose flour, it’s more subtle and you still get an added boost of fiber. Choosing whole-wheat pastry flour is an added benefit, because it has less gluten-forming potential than regular whole-wheat flour and makes for a more tender cookie.

4. Add nuts

Although not always traditional, adding chopped nuts to chocolate chip cookies is a great way to boost flavor, provide an added crunch and add additional healthy fats. Walnuts are the only nuts that offer a significant amount of the omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA’s anti-inflammatory properties halt plaque buildup in the arteries.

Click through to find chocolate chip cookie recipes that you can apply these new principles to!

Milk & Cookies Bakery Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is, by far, the biggest seller at Milk & Cookies Bakery. We use chocolate curls that melt in the dough, creating threads of chocolate throughout.

Click here for the recipe: Milk & Cookies Bakery Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

EatingWell Chocolate Chip Cookies

This awesome lacy chocolate chip cookie is given a healthful makeover with oats and whole-wheat flour and canola oil to replace some of the butter.

Click here for the recipe: EatingWell Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thousand-Layer Chocolate Chip Cookies

These beauties are worth the extra effort. The layered chocolate provides unparalleled texture, flavor and a bakery-style finish that will make you very proud to call these your own.

Click here for the recipe: Thousand-Layer Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s quick and easy to mix together these slice-and-bake chocolate-chocolate chip cookies whenever you need something sweet. Save half the dough for later!

Click here for the recipe: Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies


By: Hilary Meyer

I'm a skeptic. So when I hear the words "healthy" and "cookie" together, I imagine biting into something that tastes like particle board. Add "chocolate chip" to that equation and now you've really lost me. There is no possible way to preserve the integrity of this sacred cookie while making it healthy without completely screwing it up. Or is there?

That was my stance, until I tried a healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.

What are the secrets to a healthier chocolate chip cookie that still tastes amazing? Check out the slideshow above.

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