Tara Ryan, HCTP March 2014
These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are not only delicious but made with healthy, nutrient-dense ingredients that are sure to satisfy any cookie craving! They are free of dairy, eggs, gluten (optional), refined sugar, and inflammatory oils.
- 1/3 cup almond-hazelnut butter
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup real maple syrup
- 1/3 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk of your choice
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup sprouted spelt flour (or almond flour to make gluten-free)
- 1 cup rolled oats (ideally sprouted)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts
- 1–2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Place parchment paper on large baking sheet and set aside.
- Whisk together butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, non-dairy milk, and vanilla extract until very smooth.
- Add all remaining ingredients except chia seeds, and stir to combine (be sure baking soda and salt are thoroughly mixed in).
- Start by mixing in 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. If batter is still a little wet, add in another tablespoon and mix well.
- Spoon batter onto baking sheet and bake for 10–12 minutes (until tops begin to brown).
- Remove from oven and wait 10 minutes before transferring cookies to plate or rack.
NOTE: Do not substitute maple syrup with granulated sugar of any kind. The cookies will turn out too dry.
Tara is on a mission to help people “Turn Health into Habit” by teaching them how to implement small, simple changes for lasting health. She is a huge believer in satisfying cravings for junk food with healthier alternatives. Ignoring cravings only lasts for so long, which is why it’s so important to learn how to indulge in our favorite foods without compromising our health. To learn more about Tara, visit her website and Instagram.