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The Heart-Healthiest Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World

When you replace butter and eggs with ground walnuts, and all-purpose flour with a blend of oat flour and oatmeal, you get a moist, chewy, vegan cookie that’s loaded with good-for-your-heart ingredients.



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3 Tbs. canola oil
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2 cups walnuts
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1 cup light brown sugar
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2 tsp. vanilla extract
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1½ cups oat flour
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1 tsp. baking soda
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1 tsp. salt
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¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
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2 cups rolled oats
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3 3.5-oz. bars bittersweet vegan chocolate, chopped, or 1½ cups vegan chocolate chips (12 oz.)


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper.

2. Blend walnuts in food processor 30 seconds, or until ground into a fine meal. Add canola oil, and blend 2 to 3 minutes more, or until mixture has the consistency of natural peanut butter, scraping down sides of food processor occasionally. Transfer to bowl.

3. Whisk together brown sugar and ½ cup water in small saucepan, and bring mixture to a boil. Pour brown sugar mixture over ground walnut butter, add vanilla extract, and stir until no lumps remain.

4. Whisk together oat flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in separate bowl. Stir oat flour mixture into walnut mixture. Cool 10 minutes. Fold in oats, then chocolate chips.

5. Shape cookie dough into 2-inch balls, and place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Flatten cookies with bottom of drinking glass dipped in water. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until cookies begin to brown and tops look dry. Cool 3 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information: 

3 g
Total Fat: 
10 g
Saturated Fat: 
3 g
21 g
0 mg
122 mg
2 g
12 g
Makes 30 cookies

Comments on this Recipe


These are the most amazing cookies! They are moist, chewy, delicious, and everyone loves them.

These don't look anything like the picture posted with this recipe--but they are fantastic! They are extremely oaty and have a texture much like a no-bake cookie. I was not able to get the walnut to grind into a smooth consistency without adding a lot more oil, so I used a hand-mixer to make the brown sugar mixture and walnut butter lump free instead. I made 21 plump cookies because I don't like my cookies flat. Moist, tender, and pretty healthy!

I loved these cookies and so did my 6 year old!! Full of flavor and very moist. I would highly recommend these cookies to anyone...not only vegetarians/vegans.

Wow, were these good! No one will say that these are good "for a vegan cookie" they are just plain good. What a bonus that they are healthful! Very moist and very chewy!

really delicious!!

Absoltely amazing! Sprinkle the tops with maple sugar before baking for an extra little burst of flavor.

Awesome cookies! Even my son that won't eat walnuts loved them and said they were the best chocolate chip cookies he has ever had!

I made these cookies and I guess 10 minutes wasn't enough to cool down the dough bc when I added the chocolate chip cookies, they were melting all over! These were really healthy and delicious! I think I am going to remake them tonight!

These cookies are incredibly easy and absolutely taste amazing! I recommend trying whole wheat oats and adding dried cheeries. For those who may have had problems with the chips melting... simply put them into the freezer 20 to 30 mins. before adding to cooled mixture.

These are the true, true bomb-diggity. I skip the cinnamon, and in place of two cups oats, use 1/2 C whole wheat flour, and 1 1/2 C oats. NO ONE will know that these are 'healthy.'

Are these cookies still heart healthy when you eat the whole batch at one sitting?

These are fab! I am an AVID goodie baker at my home and am always looking for healthy, yet still delicious recipes. I am actually going for a majoring in nutrition right now. anyway, my dad has high cholesterol and am always trying to get him to eat heart healthy (oats, walnuts etc). the thing is is that he HATES walnuts! like he will REFUSE to eat anything with walnuts. so when i stumbled upon this recipe with the ground up walnuts... i was so excited to try it and didn't expect the cookies to taste anymore than "healthy". wow, these were great, and didn't taste "just healthy", they really were pretty delicious. the only thing i did was add an entire bag of natural semi-sweet chips instead of vegan (couldn't find them). they were super chocolately! could've easily used a little less chocolate chips. (i probably used 2c instead of the 1.5c) anyways, these are great, yummy, and super satisfying! TRY THEM-- you won't be dissapointed.

i love them they r amazing

I couldn't find oat flour, so I substituted gluten-free flour, and they were still delicious. I loved them.

These are very good. I agree that the batter needs to cool longer than 10 minutes or else you end up with chocolate cookies (still good, not chocolate CHIP cookies.

OMG. I just made these and boy are they yum-o-licious!!!

I made these a couple of weeks ago and they were a hit with the kids and myself. My husband doesn't like oats so he didn't like them but still I'll definitely make them again for us!

Amazing!! I can't stop eating them!!! They are my go to cookie recipe for sure.

Just wanted to say that I used raisins instead of chocolate chips because my husband loves oatmeal raisin cookies, and they were great.

I have made this recipe a million times now and wanted to share my tips with you. For those who don't use sugar, you can substitute the brown sugar for 1/2 cup Agave Nectar and 1/2 cup Brown Rice syrup, then omit the water since you are using liquid sweetener. We also have used 1 c. Brown rice syrup and they turned out just as amazing. These cookies last about an hour at our house.

Great recipe. Tried using part quinoa flour and it was great. Make them all the time.

Made these and the chocolate chips were melting from the warm dough. Still was delicious though.

Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite! I can't eat oats or wheat, but the cookies sound awesome otherwise. Anyone have suggestions for substituting the oats with something gluten-free that would work with this recipe?

Has anyone tried substituting almond or peanut butter for the walnuts? It would be nice to be able to streamline this recipe.

These cookies are fabulous! I've made them using agave and organic sugar, so I did use a little water. I also replaced the oil with applesauce. I then added raisins and carob chips. I think I'm going to add dried cranberries next time.

AMAZING cookies! YUM!

Try the gluten free oats from Bob's Red Mill. I made GF oatmeal cookies with them tonight, and they are great!

I would recommend using spelt for oat flour

To avoid using refined sugar, I have used 1/3 - 1/2 cup of Tree of Life or Bionaturae fruit juice sweetened organic fruit spreads (no sugar added) instead of the brown sugar. The Bionaturae sour cherry makes a good cookie. I've used rice bran oil instead of canola oil, and I have also made them without the chocolate chips.

These really are the best ever. I did not have brown sugar, so used 1 c. agave syrup instead of the brown sugar & water. I sprinkled the tops with fairly coarse sugar before flattening with the glass and also dipped the glass in the sugar. Nice crunchy top!

I halved the salt, and made my own oat flour out of old fashioned oats. They are very delicious, however they are very crumbly as well. I'm going to tweak things a bit, and see how it goes...

These cookies are really yummy. I made them for a Super Bowl get together and they were a big hit. I love it when I can impress everyone with a vegan recipe!

These were a hit at our house! I used xtra virgin coconut oil for the oil, and substituted agave nectar for the brown sugar, omitting the water. Terrific! To make your own oat flour, simply grind up dry oats in your food processor or blender to a flour consistency. I couldn't believe how the dough had the same consistency as a traditional cookie dough. I'm making more today and doubling the batch.

We have a nut allergy in our house- any other suggestion instead of the walnuts?

These are great! I have tried so many healthy cookies and they were all really bad. I was so excited to finally find a healthy cookie that tastes like a normal cookie. I would use 8 ounces of chocolate instead of 12 next time. I normally increase chocolate in recipes by a fourth, but even 12 ounces was way too much. I also made it with raisins and they were even better than the chocolate ones! Next time I'll try using peanuts instead of walnuts (just because I love peanut butter cookies, although I doubt they'll taste like them). I served these at a party and everyone loved them and nobody knew that they were healthy. My boyfriend can spot a healthy cookie with just a glance and even he loved these.

Maybe you could sub mashed banana for the walnuts, or use another nut butter and banana combo. I used 1 c. of walnuts + 1 TBSP oil, and added 1/2 cup of mashed banana. I've also tried 1/2 c. sugar and 1/3 cup honey, which works, as long as you add a bit extra flour or some ground flax seed. (Or reduce water added. I'm inclined to try 2/3 c agave nectar and eliminate the water.) 3/4 c. chocolate chips is enough for me. These changes make a yummy cookie that is not quite so indulgent, but I will admit that it might not be quite the classic c.c. cookie texture that most people prefer.

I've made these cookies twice and they come out flat. What am I doing wrong?

What else can I say but wow? SO good. Made my own oat flour with the food processor (very easy, do not let this intimidate you). Only subsitution was 3/4 cup agave nectar for brown rice/water mixture, which reduces need to let it cool down. Found vegan chocolate chips at Whole Foods.

I tried making these today, and I had a little trouble making the walnut butter, because I do not have a food processor, however, I did end up making walnut meal, with just a few larger pieces. I also couldnt find Vegan chocolate, but subbed half of the chips for chopped dark chocolate. I used bran flour unstead of oat, and everyone still liked them. I found that the first batch were too flat and crispy for my liking, so I made the second batch with more "dough" and a shorter bake time. They turned out very good. My mom loves them, especially because they're healthier than regualar cookies. You dont even feel bad for eating one or two extras. I especially like that the cookies had a different taste than normal chocolate chip cookies (although, I contribute that partially to using bran). I will be making these again!

I absolutely love these cookies! I've made them so many times I can almost do it without the recipe. The best part is that I always share them with my non vegetarian/vegan co-workers, family, and friends and they love them. They can't believe the cookies are vegan. Bravo to whoever came up with this recipe!

Amazing! I brought these to a non-vegan game night last night, and everyone LOVED them! I used 1 and 1/4 cups of brown rice syrup instead of the brown sugar, and reduced the water to 1/4 cup - no need to heat. They turned out perfect. These will definitely be my go-to cookies from now on!

These cookies are a big hit with absolutely everyone! I use 1/2 Cup Kahlua to replace the water-the alcohol is boiled off. I also add about 1/3 cup chopped walnuts and I use 1/2 Package of Sunspire Organic 65% Dark Cacoa Chips for even more heart health. (Working on making my own Organic Kahlua with Agave.

I agree with what others said...these are awesome and people have a hard time believing they are vegan! They're one of my favorite things to bring to parties. Kids like them, too.

These a so good! I use applesauce instead of the oil and I've also used maple syrup instead of brownsugar.

These cookies were AMAZING! My 13 year old daughter told me that they are the best chocolate chip cookies she has ever had, and that is really saying something. Thanks!

These were so GOOD!!!! I also replaced the oil with applesauce, and i replaced some of the flour with protein powder. They were gone within minutes at a bonfire.

My boyfriend and I tried these. We're really trying to be conscious of our foods and their glycemic loads. We tried to adjust a little of the recipe so our blood sugar wouldn't spike as much. So, we substitute the brown sugar for 1/2 cup honey and 1/4 water. They come out a little moister and taste just as good.

I added dried blueberries to this recipe. They added a fruity little kick. Also blueberries work well with the little hint of cinnamon that's in there.

These are my FAVORITE chocolate chip cookies. I have made them several times and always get asked for the recipe. They are awesome.