Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Chocolate Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

3 WWPP Posted by 9 years ago 31 Comments

I haven’t been this excited about a recipe in a long time. I was a on mission to create a healthier cookie that ACTUALLY tasted good and I think I did it. I actually did it. To accomplish it I had to resort to using sugar and butter, two things I haven’t used in a recipe for a l-o-n-g time. Of course I severely reduced them but using some was inevitable to make a tasty cookie.

I can’t lie I love these cookies. I’ve made a few batches getting things just right and MAN they are awesome right out of the oven. I’m a warm cookie gal all the way. Give me a gooey chocolate cookie out of the oven and I’m in heaven and these cookies TOTALLY hit the spot.

Anyway, I was so excited about them the toddler and I made a batch for this weeks video. Baking with him is one of my absolute favorite things to do and when he’s taste testing whole wheat and oatmeal cookie dough I think it makes it all the better. :)

Here’s the video… recipe to follow…

The Recipe

Chocolate Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

  • 1 cup whole wheat white flour (120g)
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa (20g)
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (80g) (ground or unground your choice)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses (20g)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 oz fat free cream cheese
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (30g)
  • 1/4 cup 56g mini chips

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine flour, cocoa, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Place the sugar, butter and cream cheese in a bowl and beat with a mixer at medium-high speed until well blended. Add vanilla and egg beat again until blended finishing the wet ingredients.

Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, beating at low speed just until combined. It will be REALLY thick. Once all the dry ingredients are incorporated stir in walnuts and chocolate chips as best you can.

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets sprayed with non-stick cooking spray or lined with parchment paper. The dough will be sticky, try to flatten a bit as the dough will not melt as much as traditional chocolate chip cookies. Makes at least 36 cookies (3 dozen).

Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned. Cool for about 2 minutes before enjoying the warm cookie! :)

To make more festive or involve the kids more, add sprinkles just before baking!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
18 2 Cookies
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
120 4g 2g old: 2 new: 3
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
11g 1g 20g 3g

See other recipes using: butter, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, cream cheese, molasses, oatmeal, sugar, walnuts, whole wheat flour

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    December 14, 2008

    Hi Roni, Yum, those cookies look good!! I think I see a batch of those in my future. Love the video as usual. Ryan is so cute and such a good helper! You are getting very good at the video-thing, "they" should really put you on t.v.


    December 14, 2008

    i almost took a bite from your hand ;-) these look awesome, I'll definately be giving these a try!!


    December 14, 2008

    I plan to try this recipe using whey-low instead of sugar - the recipe will lose another 300 calories. I'd love it if you'd try this product, Roni (or have you already?). I've been a fan of it for a year now.


    December 14, 2008

    Beth - I just requested a sample of whey low! I'll definitely review when I get it!


    December 14, 2008

    Oh, these look so good! I have a cookie swap to go to tomorrow and I'm taking these. Thank you for all of your awesome ideas.

    Jenn S.

    December 14, 2008

    These looks sooo good. What about pumpkin in them to supplement... somthing. :) Also.. how about raw chocolate nibs & pomegranite or goji berry? Mmmmm...


    December 14, 2008

    Hi Roni- This sounds like a winner.. is the sugar 3/4 of a cup? Just wanted to make sure. Thanks!


    December 14, 2008

    These look great. I've been looking for a lightened version of chocolate chip cookies, it's hard to get a good one, as you know. I made cranberry and white chocolate cookies with some cinnamon sugar for a festive cookie, and may try that with a non-chocolate version of these cookies. Ryan is sooooooooo cute in this video. He is becoming quite the little sous chef and a real natural in front of the camera. I wish I had a little helper like that to bake with! Also, your hair is looking great! :-)

    Krista S.

    December 15, 2008

    Man I can't wait to try these! Ryan was a hoot to watch..what an awesome helper and he's so darn funny, too. Also, when I make drop cookies, I use two to scoop and one to scoot the dough off onto the tray.


    December 16, 2008

    ok there in the oven it was not easy mixer died lol so finished blending by hand wow that was hard but the batter taste good wow they are great warm i haven't had a cookie in a month now i can wow thank you

    Krista S.

    December 16, 2008

    Made these this afternoon and they are great! I added 30 g of chopped raisins to the mix. I only got 33 cookies, but I think I made them a bit bigger than yours. Oops! I used my KitchenAid stand mixer to mix the dough and it was easy peasy! Thanks for such a great recipe, Roni. My family loves these.

    Sheila | Live Well 360°

    December 18, 2008

    Roni, you and Ryan are hilarious!! These cookies look delicious! Molasses...yum, and what a great idea. Thanks for sharing! Sheila


    December 19, 2008

    They look wonderful, Roni. I may make them tomorrow with my grandsons, Jax(5) and Jovan (2). You were talking about making more kinds of cookies for Christmas, and I know that you eat the meringue cookies from Trader Joes...and you have a chocolate meringue recipe. Have you seen or heard about the white meringue peppermint cookie in the new Diana (from Curves) magazine yet? I picked up one of the new mags last night....however, it's at home and I'm at work. If you're interested, I can type it out and send it to you. They look wonderful, and I'm planning to make some...if I can find the time.


    December 29, 2008

    Wow, these are awesome. I used regular chocolate chips (used less), 1/4 cup raisins, added a few teaspoons of applesauce, and used 1 tablespoon of sucanat and a teaspoon of honey in place of molasses. I can't believe how good these are! Thank you for all of the creative, healthy recipes, Roni!


    January 15, 2009

    These are fantastic! I'm looking forward to trying them out on MY toddlers later this afternoon... Thanks for all your fantastic suggestions, Roni! -Michelle


    February 3, 2009

    Hi Roni I just made these mostly for the kids, because I'm trying to keep away from sugar. But I just had to try one & it was very good. I think I will indulge on occasion! Thanks for another fantastic recipe!


    February 21, 2009

    Hi Roni! These look great! I'm curious, have you ever experimented with biscotti? I love it, and am looking for a low calorie healthy recipe that I don't feel guilty dunking in my coffee for an evening snack as I sit down to watch Lost. ;) Let me know if you have any fabulous ideas! Thanks!


    February 22, 2009

    I haven't. But that's a good idea! Thanks!


    March 13, 2009

    Hey Roni, Think I'm gonna make these today, but my kids don't like nuts so I'm gonna have to omit them. Do you think it would change the point value much? I'm on WW so if I can squeeze in an extra cookie for myself that would be good too...


    March 17, 2009

    Ummm I don't think so. they may be slightly under 2 instead of slightly above. :) I'd still count them as 2 though. Hope you like them!


    April 24, 2009

    Did anyone try making these cookies with the sugar Whey Low? Beth had commented on it in Dec. I think I am going to order it.


    April 24, 2009

    I am trying this recipe this weekend. It looks delicious.


    April 24, 2009

    Cathy - Haven't had the chance yet. I need to order some.


    April 24, 2009

    Thanks Roni for responding so quickly. I decided to order the sample package and give Whey Low a try. I am trying Weight Watchers again and so far I am doing really well. I just wanted to say what an inspiration you are to me. Thanks


    July 2, 2009

    Hey Roni! I'm so glad I stumbled on your website! Both your weight loss blog and this food blog are great! I'm turning into a cookie/baking snob! How can I go back to 2 sticks of butter per recipe when I can make this one with only 2 Tablespoons?! Anyway, I made this version last night and they taste so good. I'm going to make a 2nd batch tonight with one substitute- white chocolate chips. I think it will look pretty and taste just as yummy. We'll see what the hubby thinks. Thanks for your recipes and lifestyle! You're an encouragement!


    March 14, 2010

    I made these tonight and they are freakin AWESOME! :) Thank you so much for the great ideas....


    March 12, 2011

    Roni- Just made these. Delicious! In your instructions you don't mention the molasses. I know it goes in with the wet, but thought you may want to add to the instruction. Oh, and the kids are just loving these!


    March 26, 2011

    YUM! I used butter in place of cream cheese and dried cherries inplace of nuts and chocolate chips. I love these, and so does my toddler! Thanks!


    March 26, 2011

    Wow, I just noticed you posted this recipe the day my son was born. COOL!!


    June 1, 2012

    just made these 5 minutes ago... they're so good!! thank you so much for creating this recipe!


    January 5, 2014

    I made these Friday and my husband LOVES them!! The cookies are long gone, and he's asked me to make another batch. I love them as well, so I'm about to bake another batch this morning, and this time I'm going to increase the amount of walnuts. I know it will increase the calories, but I'm willing to take the hit for it. Thanks for a great recipe!!