Low-Calorie Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Low-Calorie Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
The Spruce
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 22 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
101 Calories
4g Fat
16g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 101
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 111mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 46mg 1%
*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 lower-in-calorie chocolate chip oatmeal cookies might just be a little taste of heaven. This recipe calls for 1/4 of the butter and 1/2 of the chocolate chips when compared to a traditional chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. As a result, these classic treats are lower in calories and fat, but without sacrificing any flavor or sweetness.

A few tweaks to the average chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe help these cookies taste a bit heartier and nuttier, thanks to ingredients s such as old-fashioned rolled oats. Cinnamon adds a hint of spicy sweetness without overwhelming the taste. Give them a try the next time the kids want an after-school treat. They come together fairly quickly, too.


  • 2 ounces (or 4 tablespoons) butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg, at 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.


  • 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 and level off the scoop before transferring to the cookie sheet. This handy tool is similar to an ice cream scoop and makes dropping rounded tablespoonfuls of dough quick and easy.