Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These healthy chocolate chip cookies are the kind of recipe that would convert ALL non-healthy eaters! Soft, chewy, and loaded with chocolate chips.

Love healthier cookie recipes? Try my flourless cookies, healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and healthy oatmeal raisin cookies.

healthy chocolate chip cookies.

I consider myself an expert on chocolate chip cookies. I’ve shared a fair few on here too, including specialty ones like vegan chocolate chip cookies and keto chocolate chip cookies. However, when we want to eat cookies ALL the time and not feel guilty about it, these healthy chocolate chip cookies are your answer.

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make healthy chocolate chip cookies
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Storage instructions
  6. More healthy cookie recipes 
  7. Best Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • Always a show-stopper. I’ve brought these cookies to many events, and people always question me on whether I’ve secretly bought them from a bakery or dessert shop- they are THAT good and don’t taste healthy at all!
  • Quick and easy. No chill time is needed, so these cookies only need 15 minutes in the oven.
  • Wholesome ingredients. These healthy cookies need no white flour, eggs, sugar, or grains, but they still taste fantastic.
  • Perfect texture and flavor. Sweet, buttery, and with mouthfuls of chocolate in every bite. The soft and chewy texture which we ALL love in any good cookie.

Ingredients needed

  • Almond flourBlanched almond flour gives the chocolate chip cookies a light texture. It’s also grain free, so keeps the cookies low carb, too. Avoid using almond meal, as it will make the cookies denser. 
  • Arrowroot starch– Works with the almond flour to keep the cookies soft and chewy, without falling apart or needing eggs. You can also use cornstarch if you’d like.
  • Baking powder– Gives the cookies some rise and width.
  • Coconut oil– Replaces any need for butter, while keeping the cookies buttery and soft.
  • Maple syrup– Gives sweetness to the cookies, without being overpowering. You can replace this with agave nectar or honey (although honey can be a little overpowering).
  • Vanilla extract– A MUST for any good cookie recipe. 
  • Milk of choice– I used unsweetened almond milk, but any milk of choice will work. 
  • Chocolate Chips– Use a mix of mini chocolate chips and standard chocolate chips to ensure there are mouthfuls in every bite.

How to make healthy chocolate chip cookies

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1—Make the dough. Start by combining your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Then, heat the maple syrup and coconut oil together, either using the microwave or a small saucepan. Add the coconut oil and syrup mixture to the dry ingredients, along with the vanilla extract and milk, and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. 

Step 2- Shape. Finally, form 16 small balls of dough and place on a lined baking tray, pressing down on each one to form a cookie shape.

Step 3- Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly brown. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 

healthy choc chip cookies.

Recipe tips and variations

  • These cookies contain no eggs and no sugar, so they won’t spread. As such, you can be quite flexible with how thick or thin you want them to be. I generally prefer them on the thicker side. 
  • DO NOT overbake the cookies! Again, these cookies are eggless, so if they are a little undercooked, it’s no issue. 
  • If your coconut oil and syrup mixture is still warm, let the cookie dough sit for a little bit, before folding through the chocolate chips- we don’t want the chocolate chips to melt!
  • Avoid overmixing the batter- overmixing will make the cookies more prone to falling apart.
  • Add more mix-ins, like chopped nuts, candy pieces, or even dried fruit. If the tough is a little crumbly, add a little milk to compensate.

Storage instructions

To store: Cookies should be stored in a sealable container for up to 1 week. You can also store in the refrigerator to keep them longer, for up to 2 weeks.

To freeze: Place cookies in a ziplock bag or freezer-friendly container. Cookies will keep fresh for up to 6 months. 

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healthy chocolate chip cookies recipe

Best Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 from 2152 votes
These healthy chocolate chip cookies are the BEST healthy cookie recipe ever! No butter, no white flour, no sugar and no eggs needed, but you'd never tell. These are thick, soft, and chewy.
Servings: 16 Cookies
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 175C/350F. Line a large tray with parchment paper or prepare a cookie sheet. Set aside. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients and mix well. 
  • In a microwave-safe bowl or in a saucepan over the stove, combine your coconut oil and syrup, and heat until melted. Whisk together until combined. 
  • Add the syrup/coconut oil mixture to the dry mixture, along with the vanilla extract and coconut milk, and mix very well. Fold in your chocolate chips. 
  • Form 16 small balls with the cookie dough. Place each ball on the lined tray and press each one lightly, into a cookie shape. 
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. 

Notes

* Can substitute this for cornstarch or tapioca flour.
** You can replace this with agave nectar or honey. 
*** Can substitute for any milk of choice. 
If your cookie dough batter is too crumbly, slowly add a little extra milk of choice.
TO STORE. Cookies should be stored in a sealable container for up to 1 week. You can also store in the refrigerator to keep them longer, for up to 2 weeks.
TO FREEZE. Place cookies in a ziplock bag or freezer-friendly container. Cookies will keep fresh for up to 6 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1CookieCalories: 122kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSodium: 32mgPotassium: 25mgFiber: 4gCalcium: 55mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 4g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

Originally published July 2020, updated March 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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