Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 14 mins
Total: 29 mins
Servings: 18 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
207 Calories
12g Fat
20g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 18
Amount per serving
Calories 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 5g
Calcium 43mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Many healthy chocolate chip cookies aren't really as healthy as they seem. They may have less fat, but they often have more sugar. This chocolate chip cookie recipe is different. It is full of heart-healthy oats, bran flakes, and nuts. It has just the right amount of texture and crunch combined with a soft cookie base.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (or quick-cooking oats; not instant)
  • 1/2 cup bran flakes cereal
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat. Or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

  3. Stir together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  4. In a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy with an electric mixer. Beat in the sugars. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.

  5. Add the flour mixture until well combined.

  6. Stir in the oats, bran flakes, chocolate chips, and walnuts.

  7. Drop by the teaspoonful onto prepared cookie sheet approximately 1 inch apart.

  8. Bake 12 to 14 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Serve warm or store in a tightly covered container for up to three days.

History of Chocolate Chip Cookies

According to Wikipedia, and Nestle Toll House, the chocolate chip cookie was invented by Ruth Graves Wakefield. She owned the Toll House Inn, in Whitman, Massachusetts, a very popular restaurant that featured home cooking in the 1930s. Her cookbook, Toll House Tried and True Recipes, was first published in 1936 by M. Barrows & Company in New York. The 1938 edition of the cookbook was the first to include the recipe "Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie" which rapidly became a favorite cookie in many American homes.

There are different versions of how the cookie came to be: The most popular and established story is that Ruth Wakefield stated that she deliberately invented the cookie. She said, "We had been serving a thin butterscotch nut cookie with ice cream. Everybody seemed to love it, but I was trying to give them something different. So I came up with Toll House cookie."

A different version of events says that Wakefield is said to have been making chocolate cookies and on running out of regular baking chocolate, substituted broken pieces of semi-sweet chocolate from Nestlé thinking that they would melt and mix into the batter. They remained separate and distinct, and the chocolate chip cookie was born.