nutritional information

Per Cookie:

  • Calories: 173
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Total Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 122 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 12 g

The Heart-Healthiest Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World

The Heart-Healthiest Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World

Makes 30 cookies

30 minutes or fewer

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.
  • 3 Tbs. canola oil
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups oat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 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.

February 2009 p.69

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Haven't tried the healthy chocolate cookies featured above on this page but baked some chocolate chip cookies using whole wheat flour and mesquite flour, - the kind that comes from Peru and is sold online. Mesquite flour isn't really flour but is really finely ground mesquite beans and has a flavor similar to cinnamon. The cookies, which I otherwise made very similar to the vegan chocolate cookies, were out of this world good. Of course, I used cherry extract instead of vanilla and placed dried cherries here and there on the outside of the cookies just before they went into the oven. On removal I sprinkled a little salt on them. Yum.

Mary Hurly - 2016-01-11 04:26:51

I don't see how these cookies can be so healthy with so much sugar. One cookie has 12grams of sugar. If I do make these I would use coconut oil instead of canola and coconut palm sugar. I would love to hear your response.

Maria Garnett - 2015-12-31 04:35:04

Can I use almonds instead of walnuts? My daughter is allergic to walnuts..

rupa - 2015-04-06 10:09:59

I will make to see what they taste like.

Khaneekah Damali - 2014-10-01 21:40:21

I made these and they are divine! You can make oat flour easily by grinding oats in a vitamix or food processor!

Shelly - 2014-09-30 03:50:01

Sounds great!!

Denise McCrory - 2014-09-30 00:22:43

Heart healthy cookies

Miranda - 2014-06-27 22:40:41

Here is the cookies we were talking about enjoy!!

kelly - 2014-04-04 18:57:27

These sound delicious & healthy

Donna - 2014-03-15 12:47:19

So yummy! I've eaten too many today. I didn't flatten mine since I live in a higher elevation. It was nice to have cookie dough safe for the kids to eat.

Liz Lutz - 2014-01-20 02:04:22


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h - 2014-01-01 06:19:11

These cookies are amazing! I always add flax seeds and dried, unsweetened coconut flakes. It definitely takes these cookies to a new level.

Cole - 2013-09-29 05:03:30

I have made these cookies several times, following instructions and ingredients pretty close. They are better using parchment paper and the water-dipped glass to slightly flatten. I add a smidge extra salt, and we use carob chips. I also use palm sugar instead of brown sugar. We use our VitaMix to grind the walnut butter mix. The cookies always get high praise. Many people have commented about the health aspect - healthy is always relative to an individual's needs. We like them because they are wheat-free, have very little oil and no dairy butter.

Jenny - 2013-07-11 23:13:51