Low-Calorie Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Low-Calorie Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
The Spruce
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 22 mins
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
142 Calories
6g Fat
19g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 142
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 122mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 4g
Calcium 38mg 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.)

These low-calorie chocolate chip oatmeal cookies might just be a little taste of heaven. The best part is you can eat them without messing up your calorie plans. This recipe calls for 1/4 of the butter and 1/2 of the chocolate chips compared to a traditional chocolate chip oatmeal cookie, meaning these treats are lower in calories and fat.

A few tweaks to the average chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe help these cookies become a little more friendly to the waistline, but you'd never know once you give them a taste. Plus, as far as health goes, these cookies have a little bit to offer: Oats are a real nutrition powerhouse, loaded with heart-healthy dietary fiber.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies ingredients
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  2. Heat the oven to 350 F. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper

    Parchment paper on a cooking sheet
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  3. Place the softened butter, the brown sugar, and the white sugar in a medium-sized mixing bowl. With an electric beater, beat the butter and sugars until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.

    Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie batter in a bowl
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  4. Add the egg and vanilla and continue beating until the mixture is completely combined. Set the mixture aside. 

    Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie batter in a bowl
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  5. In a separate, large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon using a large spoon or fork. Make sure the mixture is well combined.

    Oats in a bowl
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  6. With a large, sturdy spoon, mix in the butter-sugar mixture by gently stirring the ingredients together just until they are well combined.

    Oatmeal cookie mix in a bowl
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  7. Add the chocolate chips and continue to gently stir the ingredients to combine them well.

    Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies dough
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  8. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.

    Cookie dough on a baking sheet
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  9. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies turn slightly brown. (Bake a little less for soft cookies, and a little longer for crisp cookies.)

    Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
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  10. Serve and enjoy.

Tips

  • Make sure that the butter is only softened, and not melted; if melted, it will make for a different texture.
  • You can use a standing electric mixer if you prefer. Just be sure to mix on the lowest speed when combining the dry ingredients with the butter-sugar mixture.
  • To make uniform-sized cookies, use a cookie scoop. This handy tool is similar to an ice cream scoop and makes dropping rounded tablespoonfuls of dough quick and easy.