Healthier Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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I love these “better for you” Healthier Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

Healthier Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies recipe from

What makes them better for you?  They do have plenty of carbs– oats + a little bit of white flour and whole wheat flour.  But there is much less butter in this recipe compared to a typical chocolate chip cookie recipe, and just 3/4 cup sugar for 30 cookies.

The addition of dried dates adds a little more sweetness.  And of course chopped chocolate mixed in makes them perfect!

Healthier Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies recipe from

Why deny yourself sweet treats when you can have a cookie as good as this with a little less guilt?

Healthier Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely chopped, pitted dried dates
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease baking sheets (or line w/ parchment or silpat mats).
  2. Place butter in a medium, microwave-safe bowl. Melt in microwave, just until completely melted. Remove from microwave and add brown sugar. Stir until smooth.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together oats, flours, baking soda & salt. Stir into butter sugar mixture along with egg, vanilla and dates. Fold in chopped chocolate and mix well.
  4. Drop tablespoonfuls of the cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until they appear to be set and not gooey in the middles.
  • FYI- I *hate* dates, and I loved these cookies. If the dates are chopped finely, you really can't detect them in the cookies at all. You'll sometimes find them in containers in the produce section but they're also available in the dried fruits section and are packaged just like dried cranberries.
  • There's a good reason for using chopped chocolate over chocolate chips in this recipe. If you use chopped chocolate, the little shards of chocolate get more spread out in the cookies and therefore get more of a chocolate flavor in each cookie. You can certainly sub chocolate chips, but I'd recommend using the mini chocolate chips to get the same spread-out chocolate effect.
  • Nutritional Information per serving (serving size: 1 cookie) Calories: 99, Fat: 2g, Fiber: 1.25g, Protein: 1.5g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Carbohydrates: 16.5g
  • Weight Watchers POINTS: Freestyle SmartPoints: 5, SmartPoints: 5, PointsPlus: 2, Old Points Program: 2.5
SOURCE: (Adapted from Health)

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  • Christina wrote:

    I don’t see anything “healthy” about theses cookies. They contain sugar and white flour, not to mention almost 17 carbs PER serving ! They may be yummy but they are definitely NOT healthy.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Okay, maybe “healthy- ER.”

  • Marion wrote:

    You can substitute raisins for the dates. It’s a completely different cookie, but still quite good.

  • mia wrote:

    i would like to make these but my son has an allergey for dates is there anything i can subtitute for it?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m not quite sure!

  • Jacque Ibarra wrote:

    I have made these so many times for family gatherings, that my family specifically asks me to make them every time! They are super delicious, and the best cookies I have ever made!

  • Kristin Sollars wrote:

    To say these cookies are good is an understatement!!! They are the most amazing cookies I’ve ever made. I totally do not like dates, I would eat around them in Muselix, but man these are seriously the best cookies!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @Kristin Sollars, I’m so glad you liked these! I’m with you- hate dates in most things for sure.

  • Fulltimefoodie wrote:

    I love dates. I can only imagine how delicious they would make a cookie. Definitely making this soon.

  • Jennifer wrote:

    I LOVE the idea of the dates in these! What a great way to cut down on processed sugars and boost moisture! Look forward to making them! 🙂

  • Janet wrote:

    This sounds like something I could devour for breakfast about now. When will I ever learn not to come over here while hungry!

  • kate wrote:

    i have to try these-yum!

  • BethieofVA wrote:

    I did a similar version last week, but with cranberries. I didn’t add the ww flour either, but great idea!! They look great!!

  • Scorpio Woman wrote:

    Thanks for the great recipe Lori 🙂

  • snooky doodle wrote:

    what an interesting recipe 🙂

  • Maris wrote:

    These sound amazing – especially the part where they’re 99 calories!

    Are the pitted dates dried? Where do you find them in the supermarket? I’ve never used them and I wonder if you could sub something else for dates…I don’t know what but it might be time to get creative. 🙂

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Maris- yes, the dates are dried.l You’ll sometimes find them in containers in the produce section but they’re also available in the dried fruits section and are packaged just like dried cranberries. “Sunsweet” brand California Dried Pitted Dates are what I used.

    • Carole wrote:

      Dates are usually where the dried fruit section is. A famous brand is Dromedary. They come whole, pitted, and chopped. The chopped have the least flavor and texture and are sometimes dried out but you might want them for convenience. Dried dates are sticky to chop.

  • Mary Ann wrote:

    I actually made this recipe a couple of years ago and it is my favorite CC cookie. Love it.
    Glad that you found it and enjoyed it too! They look great