Finally, healthy oatmeal cookies recipe!

It took me long time to find this healthy oatmeal cookies recipe.  Week after week I baked oatmeal cookies - low fat, low carb, vegan, chewy,  crisp - and could not find the one that would be reasonably healthy yet tasty like a cookie should taste. This was the only recipe that was unanimously  approved  by everyone in my family with an impatient demand to bake more. 

healthy oatmeal cookie

I was really hurt by the truth screaming from a nutritional value label of a typical supermarket oatmeal cookie that I once recklessly purchased. So I wanted to find the one that I can feed to my family without being responsible for their declining heart health and rising obesity rates :)  (read about my traumatic experience here: Learning to spot unhealthy foods: A killer oatmeal cookie)

My recipe was  inspired by Anna's amazing vegan chocolate oatmeal cookies that received raving reviews from so many people. I just replaced some ingredients with healthier substitutes  and made minor changes that reduce bad calories.  Enjoy!

Olga's Healthy Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup vegan non-hydrogenated margarine or 1/2 cup margarine plus 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup ground almonds, cashews or other nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups vegan chocolate chips ( I crushed dark unsweetened chocolate and it was perfect)
  • 1 1/2 cups of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 10 dates, cut in small pieces
  • 1 portion Egg Replacer ( I suspect this was optional)
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds

  1. Combine oatmeal, sugar, spices and margarine  the mixing bowl.
  2. Mix well. When margarine is evenly distributed, start adding almond milk.
  3. Add remaining ingredients (nuts, seeds, chocolate, dates, raisins) and mix well. 
  4. Add baking soda and pour 1/2 teaspoon vinegar on it. You will see bubbles: immediately mix them into the dough thoroughly.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.Lighly grease cookie sheets. Spoon cookies onto prepared sheets, keeping each cookie about 2''  apart.  Cookies should be even height so that they bake evenly, so push a spoon in a middle of each cookie making it flat. 
  6. Bake for 7-12 minutes, or until lightly golden.  Let them cool on sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack or counter top.  Enjoy!

unhealthy foods - unhealthy oatmeal-cookies

This healthy oarmeal cookies recipe makes 25 cookies, soft inside and crispy on the outside.


Are homemade oatmeal cookies good for weight loss? 

Here is what I think: it depends on what cookie you choose to bake. 

If you put just as much sugar and fat int your cookies as a commercial baker did, there is no reason for you to expect that your own homemade cookie comes out  better for weight loss than a commercially baked one.

However, these healthy oatmeal cookies recipe will please your taste buds without breaking your weight loss diet if you eat it in moderation. It provides a long list of vitamins and minerals, and, more importantly, fiber and complex carbs. Complex carbs is what you need on a weight loss diet.  It allows you to keep your hunger at the bay longer.

Fat in this cookie  is  of healthier variety: non-hydrogenated, omega-3 and omega-6, polyunsaturated. 

This cookie doesn't have any cholesterol and very little Sodium. It contains more protein and scores more fiber, a spectrum of minerals, especially Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Iron, Zinc, and a number of vitamins. 

So, in a nutshell, this cookie is like a meal replacement, more sustainable and satisfying than your regular oatmeal cookie. Hope you enjoy it!

If you want another healthy recipe to bake, check out my Blueberry muffin recipe


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