A healthy cookie recipe you won’t feel bad about serving your kids for breakfast, these Easy Healthy Oatmeal Cookies taste like a treat while providing a bevy of health benefits! Kids love these naturally sweetened, chewy oatmeal cookies – while I love sneaking in an extra source of fibre, protein and vitamins into their day.
Easy Healthy Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
Ever since my post on how to make oatmeal cookies with instant oatmeal went viral, I’ve been getting requests for how to make my healthy oatmeal cookies without instant oatmeal. Huh, go figure!
Unlike most healthy oatmeal cookies which are flat, super crunchy and… um, tend to taste healthy, these healthy oatmeal cookies are fluffy and chewy and actually taste like a cookie! They are pleasantly sweet thanks to a combination of cinnamon, maple syrup and coconut oil, and despite their light, chewy texture, a couple of these cookies really fill you up thanks to the oatmeal and chia seeds, which also provide a bevy of health benefits.
I have zero reservations about allowing my daughter to grab a couple of these oatmeal cookies whenever she wants – as an afternoon snack, dessert, or even breakfast! We even sent a batch to school for a snack contribution one day and the container came back empty with a note from the teacher about how much the kids loved them.
These healthy oatmeal cookies are a great option if mornings tend to be rushed at your house or your kids struggle to eat breakfast before they have to be out the door, plus they make a great, fuelling after-school snack before extra-curricular activities.
All of the ingredients in these cookies are healthy, even the ingredients used to sweeten the cookies, but the real MVPs are the oats and chia seeds. It can be really tricky to find chia seed recipes that kids like since they can take on a gloopy, gelatinous texture in smoothies or puddings which not all kids are fans of.
The oatmeal is high in anti-oxidants, is a great source of magnesium, iron, folate and B-Vitamins, while also providing soluble fiber that aids in blood sugar control, digestion and helps increase fillings of fullness.
The chia seeds also add fibre while also including omega-3 fatty acids which is great for growing brains and healthy hearts. They are also a high source of protein and a great source of manganese, phosphorus, copper and iron.
If a cookie simply isn’t a cookie in your house without chocolate chips, you can add a couple handfuls in to make the kids happy knowing that the rest of the ingredients more than make up for the little bit of indulgence that the chocolate chips provide.
Check out our quick recipe video to see how to make your own healthy oatmeal cookies (pay attention to that refrigeration step to ensure the cookie batter thickens up properly) – and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable recipe card:
Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Ingredients
- Instant Oats <– can use old-fashioned oats
- Whole Wheat Flour <– can use all-purpose flour
- Chia Seeds
- Baking Powder
- Melted coconut oil <– can use melted butter
- Vanilla Extract
- Maple Syrup
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: add chocolate chips or your favorite cookie mix-ins to make these cookies more enticing for your family.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Medium-sized mixing bowl
- Cookie Sheet <– you will want two so you can bake one tray while the other is cooling
- Parchment paper
- Cookie scoop
How to Make Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
Place the oats, chia seeds and flour in a medium-sized bowl and stir to combine.
Add the cinnamon, salt and baking powder
Melt the coconut oil or butter and add it along with the milk, give a couple quick stirs, and then add the maple syrup, egg and vanilla. You need to stir in between so the heat from the oil/butter doesn’t start to cook the egg.
Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to firm it up.
Preheat oven to 325ºF.
Using a cookie scoop, portion out 1 Tablespoon sized balls of dough on your parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until spread and slightly golden brown.
Remove from oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes.
Pin this Easy Healthy Oatmeal Cookie for an indulgent treat you can feel good about:
Grab your free printable recipe card for our healthy oatmeal cookies recipe:
- 1 cup instant oats
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil or melted butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Place the oats, chia seeds and flour in a medium-sized bowl and stir to combine.
- Add the cinnamon, salt and baking powder
- Melt the coconut oil or butter and add it along with the milk, give a couple quick stirs, and then add the maple syrup, egg and vanilla. You need to stir in between so the heat from the oil/butter doesn't start to cook the egg.
- Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to firm it up.
- Preheat oven to 325F
- Using a cookie scoop, portion out 1 Tablespoon sized balls of dough on your parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until spread and slightly golden brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
I hope your kids love these easy healthy oatmeal cookies as much as my kids do – let me know any fun swaps or mix-ins you add to this recipe!
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