whole grain chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a childhood staple. And while standard ones do tend to be on the very sweet side, it’s easy to make a few simple adjustments to turn them into a more wholesome treat. With three whole grains and minimal added sugar, these are our go-to cookie.

When my daughter was a baby and a young toddler, I was completely obsessed with her not eating added sugars. I didn’t want her to grow up with a sweet tooth geared towards super sweet desserts so I did my best to steer her towards more healthful options. But as she got older and I realized that we parents can’t always control what our kids put into their mouths—especially when they are at a friend’s house, a birthday party, or a playdate—and I learned to relax a little. It hasn’t been easy and I still worry when she eats more “treats” in one day that I think she should, but she actually does a great job regulating herself and she rarely finishes an entire dessert.

And she has never noticed that I drastically reduced the amount of sugar in these chocolate chip cookies.

Like me (and like most of us), the girl has a soft spot for chocolatey cookies. Chocolate, while obviously not a key nutrient for toddlers, can have a place in a healthful diet when offered in moderation and in smart ways. These cookies don’t actually have as much chocolate as regular ones do, but the chocolate is chopped up finely, which means that you get the flavor in each bite. Chopping the chocolate ensures that a little of it goes a long way—but you don’t have to worry about caffeine or sugar as much.

These cookies also include oats, millet, and whole wheat flour, so they offer complex carbohydrates to help balance out the natural sugars. Paired with milk, they make for a really nice snack. And, of course, if you don’t want to do chocolate, you can always substitute a dried fruit like raisins or snipped dried apricots.

 

Olive oil cookies on baking pan after cooking.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Made with a base of olive oil instead of butter, and whole wheat flour for extra flavor, these dairy-free Chocolate Chip Cookies are lower in sugar than most and just as delicious. Make and share with the whole family.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 184kcal
Servings 10 (Makes about 18 cookies)

Ingredients

  • cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cup granulated sugar
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1⅛ cups whole-wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips (chopped finely; choose a dairy-free option as needed)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degree F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Add the olive oil, egg, vanilla, and sugars to a medium bowl. Stir well with a wooden spoon to mix thoroughly.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
  • Portion out 1 tablespoon-size balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing each 2 inches apart. Press each ball down flat.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on the pan.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

  • Store cookies for up to a week in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • Use mini chocolate chips or full size ones. I prefer to chop up full size ones so there's a more even distribution of chocolate throughout.
  • Use all-purpose flour if you prefer.
  • Use raisins for the chocolate chips if you'd like.
  • Look for dairy-free chocolate chips from brands including Guittard, Tollhouse, Enjoy Life Foods, and Ghiardelli.

Nutrition

Calories: 184kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.002g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 158mg, Potassium: 103mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 22IU, Vitamin C: 0.04mg, Calcium: 34mg, Iron: 1mg
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