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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Secretly Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Sinking your teeth into one of these healthy chocolate chip cookies is so satisfying and delicious. With only 100 calories per cookie, they are sweet, chewy, and the perfect dessert for all occasions! 

healthy chocolate chip cookies stacked on a cutting board, with one cookie broken for a closeup inside and milk in the background

To me, there is nothing more amazing than biting into a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. Pure food heaven every time! 

It doesn’t matter if you’re making these cookies to keep all for yourself, or if you want a tasty treat to take to friends and family at your next big gathering. Everyone is going to enjoy the flavor and texture of these astounding healthy chocolate chip cookies. 

Each batch of cookies makes around five dozen! So if you are feeding a large hungry crowd, these are exactly what you need to impress.

You will never guess that these chocolate chip cookies are healthy thanks to one simple ingredient and a few easy swaps! This healthy cookie recipe is prepared with lentil flour, whole wheat flour, lots of chocolate chips, and your favorite chopped nuts. What could be better than that?

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Recipe Ingredients and Notes

ingredients for healthy chocolate chip cookies
  • Flour: I used a combination of whole wheat flour and lentil flour to increase the fiber, protein and whole grains in this recipe!
  • Butter: I used 1 cup of butter in this recipe, which might sound like a lot, but this recipe makes 60 cookies! Which means, that there is only 15 calories of butter in each cookie.
  • Sugar: Coconut sugar + brown sugar give these cookies a nice sweetness
  • Eggs: You can also use flax eggs if you want to make these an egg free cookie
  • Chocolate Chips: I used dark chocolate chips, but you can use milk chocolate, a combination of milk + dark, or even butterscotch or peanut butter chips to change things up!
  • Agave: Can also use maple syrup or honey here
  • Chopped Nuts: Choose your favorite! I used walnuts + almonds.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flours, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl.

dry ingredients mixed in a bowl

Step 2: Beat butter, sugars, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Add eggs and syrup, beating well.

cookie dough in a bowl

Step 3: Gradually beat in flour mixture.

cookie dough in a bowl

Step 4: Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

chocolate chips added to cookie dough in a mixing bowl

Step 5: Drop by rounded tablespoons or a cookie scoop onto un-greased baking sheets.

cookie dough on a baking sheet

Step 6: Bake 9 – 11 minutes or until golden brown.

cookies on a baking sheet

What Makes These Chocolate Chip Cookies Healthy?

Cookies and sweets, in general, aren’t overly healthy if you eat them constantly. These cookies should be eaten in moderation, just like any other dessert. 

  • Low Calorie: Each cookie only has 106 calories! Enjoy one without any added guilt. 
  • Less Sugar: These cookies only have 10.5 grams of sugar per cookie. Many other recipes will have over 20 grams of sugar! That’s much less! You can also reduce the sugar to just 5 grams per cookie by using only 1/2 cup coconut sugar + 1/2 cup brown sugar — the cookies will still be sweet with even less added sugar per cookie.

Will Kids Enjoy These Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Yes, I have no doubt that most kids are going to enjoy everything about this ooey gooey chocolate chip cookie recipe. They won’t even realize they’re much healthier for them than other cookie recipes. They’ll be more than happy to eat as many as you’ll let them. 

healthy chocolate chip cookies stacked on a cutting board, with one cookie broken for a closeup inside and milk in the background

Recipe FAQs

What’s The Best Way To Soften Butter?

There are a few methods for softening butter that all work well.
On Your Countertop: The easiest method is to place the butter on your countertop and let it sit until it reaches room temperature. Typically, it only takes around 30 minutes for the butter to soften.
In The Microwave: Another option would be to place the butter in a microwave safe dish. You can soften it in your microwave for 10 to 15 seconds. You’ll need to check it and make sure that it is soft but not melted.
In a Bowl with Warm Water: Take a bowl and fill it up with warm water. Then put the butter inside of another bowl that smaller than the original bowl and place it in the warm water. It’s and important to not let the water touch the butter. It usually takes around 5 to 15 minutes for the butter to soften. It will vary depending on the temperature of your water. 

What Kind Of Nuts Should I Use?

You can truly use any kind of nuts that you like for these cookies. We love eating walnuts and almonds at our house so that’s what I used. You could also chop up some pecans, use hazelnuts, or even peanuts if they fit into your diet.

How To Make Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Making this recipe vegan friendly is super easy! You just have to make these swaps:
1) Use Vegan Butter or Coconut Oil instead of the regular butter
2) Use flax eggs instead of regular eggs
3) Make sure you use dairy free chocolate chips like the Enjoy Life Brand

How To Make Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies?

You can make this healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe gluten free by replacing just one ingredient: switch the whole wheat flour for your favorite gluten free flour, oat flour, or Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour.

Top Tips For Making The Best Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Never overmix the batter. If you do overmix the batter your cookies will be dense and won’t taste near as good. Plus, when you overmix cookie dough it causes air bubbles to form – so when the cookies are baked the air bubbles pop and it leads to flat, super crispy (not soft/chewy) cookies.
  • Don’t grease your baking sheet or the cookies will not turn out well. Because of the butter in the cookies they will already have enough oil. 
  • The lentil flour mixes best at room temperature, not cold
  • Make sure to use softened butter, not melted butter in this recipe as it will change the texture of the cookies.
  • When scooping the cookies, be sure to pack them tightly in the cookie scoop/spoon so that they don’t fall apart in the oven
  • Make sure your baking soda is fresh (not expired!) so that your cookies rise properly and aren’t too flat.
  • To reduce the sugar even more, use 1/2 cup coconut sugar + 1/2 cup brown sugar in this healthy cookie recipe
  • When measuring the flour, be sure to spoon and level it into your measuring cup (vs. scooping the flour out with your measuring cup). That will ensure you end up with light cookies that aren’t too dense.
  • Let the cookies cool completely before serving.
healthy chocolate chip cookies stacked on a cutting board, with one cookie broken for a closeup inside

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5 from 4 votes

Secretly Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sinking your teeth into one of these healthy chocolate chip cookies is so satisfying and delicious. With only 100 calories per cookie, they are sweet, chewy, and the perfect dessert for all occasions! 
Prep Time49 mins
Cook Time11 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Baking, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 60 cookies (5 dozen)
Calories: 106kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup lentil flour mixes best at room temperature, not cold
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter softened (note – the 1 cup of butter is a lot, but among the serving size – 60 cookies, it amounts to only about 15 calories of butter per cookie)
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1.75 cups chocolate chips you can change this up and add peanut butter or butterscotch chips if you like!
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine flours, salt and baking soda in a small bowl.
  • Beat butter, sugars and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until creamy.
  • Add eggs and syrup, beating well.
  • Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  • Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake 9 – 11 minutes or until brown.

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Notes

Top Tips For Making The Best Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Never overmix the batter. If you do overmix the batter your cookies will be dense and won’t taste near as good. Plus, when you overmix cookie dough it causes air bubbles to form – so when the cookies are baked the air bubbles pop and it leads to flat, super crispy (not soft/chewy) cookies.
  • Don’t grease your baking sheet or the cookies will not turn out well. Because of the butter in the cookies they will already have enough oil. 
  • The lentil flour mixes best at room temperature, not cold
  • Make sure to use softened butter, not melted butter in this recipe as it will change the texture of the cookies.
  • When scooping the cookies, be sure to pack them tightly in the cookie scoop/spoon so that they don’t fall apart in the oven
  • Make sure your baking soda is fresh (not expired!) so that your cookies rise properly and aren’t too flat.
  • When measuring the flour, be sure to spoon and level it into your measuring cup (vs. scooping the flour out with your measuring cup). That will ensure you end up with light cookies that aren’t too dense.
  • To reduce the sugar even more, use 1/2 cup coconut sugar + 1/2 cup brown sugar in this healthy cookie recipe
  • Let the cookies cool completely before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1.2g | Fat: 5.9g | Sodium: 42.9mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 10.5g

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26 responses to “Secretly Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. I love your healthy twists in this recipe. The kids gobbled them up and didn’t realize that they were getting extra fiber and goodness from those flours!5 stars

  2. WOW, and these are low-calorie cookies! I am making a list of “healthy” cookies to make during the holiday season. And then I make edible gift boxes.5 stars

  3. Mmmm, yes. Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are indeed heaven. I love your healthier spin! One note: if you heat up the butter in the microwave, be sure to cover it. My son spray-painted our microwave with butter during his virtual home economics class yesterday because he didn’t know that little detail. 😉5 stars

  4. I have been following and using your recipes for a couple of years now. I use the low-fat breakfast muffins recipe often. In this recipe could I use ground oatmeal or a combo of ground oatmeal and spelt flour? Can’t get out for lentil flour due to virus. I like the idea of substituting yoghurt for some of the butter. Could I use coconut oil for the remaining butter portion?

    • Hi Marsha! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my recipes! For this – yes you can absolutely use ground oatmeal or ground oatmeal + spelt flour. You should also be able to use coconut oil for the remainder of the butter – the cookies might just have a slightly different consistency but should still be really good!

  5. Hi Anjali, I found your recipe whilst looking for cookies using lentil flour! It sounds good 🙂 Have you tried substituting the butter with any oils? I might try a small batch with sunflower oil or colza and also with butter to see the difference. Would like to know your opinion..

    • Hi Avril! I haven’t tried substituting any oils for the butter, but I have made these cookies using half the amount of butter, and then 1/4 cup full fat plain Greek yogurt, and that turns out great! Hope that helps, and I hope you love these cookies!

  6. These look delicious! Where do I get lentil flour? I looked for it in the bulk bins at whole foods but was unable to find it. Thanks!

    • You can get it at any Indian store – it’s usually called something like “urad dal flour” – or you can buy it online like on this website – but I’m sure there are plenty of other online options too! Hope that helps!

    • Oh yay!! Let’s definitely get together when you’re here in April – can’t wait to see you, happy new year! 🙂

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