Avocado Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are so delicious you'd never know they had avocado in them. They're soft, chewy, loaded with dark chocolate chips, have loads of vanilla almond flavor and they're healthy!
It's Creative Cookie Exchange time again and this month we're concentrating on healthy cookies for the new year. The number one resolution each new year is to lose weight so I think these cookies will help you enjoy a little indulgence and not feel guilty. And you could even have them for breakfast! Just sayin.
I've made healthy cookies before, like our Healthy Breakfast Cookies, substituting bananas for eggs, but this time I decided to try a cookie using avocados to replace the oil/butter.
Did you know that avocados can replace butter 1:1 in any muffin, brownie, or cookie recipe? Yep, and it works in quick bread too! Now, how cool is that!
All Healthy Ingredients
I also made an effort to eliminate sugar that spikes blood sugar levels and is one of the most addictive ingredients that sabotage weight loss. Sugar is high in calories and contains no beneficial nutrients.
I substituted organic agave, which has a lower glycemic index and, although higher in calories, it is sweeter so you can use less than the sugar called for in a recipe.
Generally speaking, you can substitute ⅔ cup agave for 1 cup sugar, then reduce other liquids by ¼ cup to compensate and lower the oven temperature by 5 degrees.
I also decided to keep away from over-processed flour, using a combination of rolled oats & almond flour, which made these delightfully delicious cookies gluten-free too! Woohoo!
To bring the almond flavor out more I added some raw almond butter with chia seeds. If you want to try it, I would suggest Barney Butter as one of the better ones.
Almond butter provides plenty of calcium, healthy fats & potassium while the chia seeds add protein, dietary fiber, antioxidants and vitamins.
Of course, I just had to add some dark chocolate chips to the mix. Thank goodness dark chocolate is good for you. 🙂 And, if you want a little more chocolate flavor, and a bit more protein, just toss in a scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder. Bang! Now that's a winner!
So, what did I end up with? A yummy oatmeal cookie that is soft & chewy with a decided almond flavor that is sweetened by the chocolate chips. And they're healthy! I'll admit that I liked them so much I had them for breakfast the next day. That can be our little secret. Enjoy!
More Recipes for Healthy Treats
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding - a guilt-free creamy, rich, chocolaty dessert. It’s not only delicious but healthy too!
Peanut Butter Energy Balls - are a no-bake treat that is not only delicious but healthy too! Full of peanut butter, honey, and oats, they’re great as a snack or even breakfast.
Chocolate Cherry Popsicles - are super easy to make and pack one big nutritional punch. And they’re great for breakfast! Full of fresh cherries and flavored with chocolate & vanilla protein powder, they make a great snack any time of day.
Peanut Butter Banana Cookies - have peanut butter chips and a chocolate drizzle.
Find lots of healthy cookie recipes here on 2CM!
Avocado Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup almond flour or almond meal
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (optional)
- 1 medium avocado, mashed (about ¼ cup)
- ¼ cup light agave or honey
- ¼ cup raw almond butter (I used Barney Butter's Raw Almond & Chia)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl.
- Mash avocado and combine with agave, almond butter and vanilla extract.
- Combine wet with dry ingredients and stir well.
- Roll into 15 balls and place on cookie sheet. They won't spread so they can be fairly close. Press down with back of glass dipped in a little almond flour or with fingers until they resemble round cookies.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely on cookie sheet that has been placed on a wire rack.
- Store in airtight container.
This post has been updated and was first published on January 17, 2017.
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