Did you miss us? We've been away a few times starting this year but now we're back! And today I'll be sharing with you these healthy chocolate chip cookies and guess what? They're extremely easy to do!
Anyway, cookies. Let's get to the cookies please.
Cookies CAN Be Healthy
And what I meant by healthy is, using healthy and nutritious ingredients. In this case, I'm using spelt and almond flour, with just a bit of coconut oil and honey as the sweetener. Well of course then there's egg and chocolate chips.
We in general just love to enjoy our sweet treats, don't we? When you make desserts or bake a cake or make cookies, it's always because you're celebrating something special. Right? And I'm just fascinated with the idea of transitioning our typical sweet treat recipes into healthier ones, in any way.
It doesn't mean every single ingredient in that recipe needs to be in the group of "healthy food". We can go slow, can we not? As simple as changing white sugar to coconut sugar or honey. Or fine white salt to Himalayan salt. Simple small baby steps. And I'm hoping you would come along with me on this journey.
And it also doesn't mean that every recipe needs to be considered a healthy recipe, right? If in a month I can offer you one delicious healthy recipe, I would be beyond happy! Baby steps, baby steps.
Use your favourite chocolate chips. Yeaaaaay!!
If you love dark chocolate chips, by all means, use those. If you want to use zero-sugar chocolate chips, then nobody's stopping you. You can also use chocolate bar and cut it into small chunks. And if you're nuts about peanut butter then use peanut butter chips. The cookies won't be chocolate chip cookies, but you get what I mean, right?
There're no rules here. Choose your own happiness and your own choice of chocolate chips.
The reason that I'm saying this is because I get some comments saying chocolate chips are not healthy. I mean, I don't even know how to respond to that because personally for me, there's a million ways to adapt a recipe to your liking. And an ingredient that's so easy to swap to your taste like chocolate chips, it goes without saying.
Chewy To Crunchy
This is also another aspect of this recipe that you can adapt to your liking.
If you love your cookies soft and chewy then bake them for 10 minutes. If you love them crunchy then bake them for a few minutes more.
Hungry For More Healthy Recipes?
Check these out:
- Oats banana muffins (no white flour or refined sugar)
- Zucchini brownies
- Blueberry crumb bars
- Salted oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies
- Everything bagel whole-wheat pull apart bread
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- ¾ cup spelt flour (100 g)
- ½ cup almond flour (45 g)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon coconot oil (or 25 g, melted)
- ¼ cup honey (60 g)
- 1 large egg , room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips of choice (100 g)
- Add all of dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Set aside.
- Add coconut oil and honey into another bowl and whisk using a hand held machine until creamy, for a minute or two. Then add in egg and vanilla extract. Mix everything well.
- Now add in the dry ingredients and mix until everything is well combined. Finally add in the chocolate chips and fold them together using a spatula. The dough will be slightly wet, don't worry. Leave for 10 minutes for the almond flour to absorb the liquid.
- After 10 minutes, scoop the dough using a 1 ½ tablespoon ice cream scoop (don't pack it too much) and place on top on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Leave around 2 inches (5 cm) distance between them.
- Using slightly greased fingers, press and flatten the dough into 4 mm thickness, more or less. Don't make them too thick as they will rise in the oven.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 375ºF (190ºC) with no fan, in middle rack, using top and bottom heat. Bake for 10 minutes if you want the cookies to be chewy and soft. Bake for a few minutes longer if you prefer them crunchy.
- Remove from the oven and cool completely. Enjoy!
what can I sub in place of the spelt flour? Will all-purpose flour work?
Bea & Marco says
Yes, all-purpose flour works. Hope it helps!
Can I substitute honey with monk fruit erythritol? Will that work for this recipe?
Bea & Marco says
Hi! I haven't tried it, but I think it wouldn't work without modifying the recipe. Honey is thick and liquid, whereas else monk fruit is dry. Hope it helps in any way!
Can I replace the spelt and almond flour with all purpose flour completely?
Bea & Marco says
Hi Lola! I don't recommend that as all-purpose flour doesn't act the same as almond flour. Sorry though!
I've made this recipe several times now. While they are great, the cookie is always wet (greasy). I've used avocado oil & apple sauce in place of coconut oil & maple syrup instead of honey with same results. Are these substitutions the problem? Thanks so much!
Hi! Sorry to hear that you're having probs with the recipe! I haven't gotten anybody saying these are greasy before (not weirdly greasy for cookies, I mean). Substituting coconut oil with other oil is fine, the same goes for honey and maple syrup. I haven't tried using applesauce for this recipe though. Perhaps you could leave the dough longer (say 30 minutes) before shaping them. Mixing all the ingredients very thoroughly also could help. I'm happy that you enjoy them anyways, thank you!
These are my go to cookies while I was pregnant (oops!) and I have made them a couple of times now! Thank you so much for this recipe. I really had a hard time looking for recipes that did not have a 2-3 cups of sugar in it. Continue what you love doing guys!
Haha! Well, I'm happy to know that you're enjoying them (pregnant or post pregnant, congratulations by the way 😍!). Yes, we have been making more healthier recipes because we don't feel good sharing recipes that we ourselves don't eat at home. Thanks for your feedback, Jam!
Valerie Johansen says
Is there an alternative to the coconut oil? I'm allergic to coconuts.
Hi Valerie! You can use whatever oil that you prefer, no problem at all.
Liza Loraine M says
Hi Bea! I've been a huge fan of your recipe. May i know how long will this cookie lasts? I wanna send it to my boyfriend in another city. And the delivery will take 7days. What can you advice. Thank you and more power to you
Much love from Philippines 🤗💖🇵🇭
Hi Liza! I'm scared that most probably they won't maintain their texture and taste that long though. They're at their best up to 3 days at room temperature. So sorry!
I like make this recipes but I like to know the nutrition first. Thank .
heres some tips i learned after making these cookies a few times:
- measure the flours correctly!!
- if you do not have spelt flour, whole wheat flour works well!
- use two egg yolks instead of one whole egg if you don't like the puffy cakiness
- let dough rest in the fridge for 10 min before baking!
- these are sooo good with white chocolate cranberry!
- please do not switch baking soda for baking powder!
- m a y b e less flour could do some good?
- if you dont want to grease your hands when pressing the dough balls down on the parchment paper (due to extra calories haha!) simply wet your hands with water! works the same
thank you again Bea!
wowowow!! so good. ive been dying to find a healthy cookie recipe -- couldnt find one 🙁 then i stumbled upon this!! im so grateful. God bless u maaam :)))
Glad that you liked them Angie! Do check around here for more delicious healthy bakings 😉
These cookies were a big hit, thank you!! I reduced the honey content to 80g because I have to limit my intake of sugar, honeys etc. The biscuits were a bit crumbly and not chewy because of this.. (but still tasted FANTASTIC!!) What could I use to make up for the 40g of liquids missing that isn't a sugar or sweetener? Thank you!!
Hi Liv! I'm super happy that you gave this recipe a go and liked it 🙌😍. I haven't tried it but perhaps you could add milk? Do let me know how it goes if you make it again. You can look around here for more healthy bakings and thank you so much for your feedback!
could I replace the eggs (with linseed, chiaseeds or applesauce?) & maybe the honey (with some sirup and/or stevia) to make the cookies vegan? 🙂
I’d really love to do this receipt but I’m vegan
Sorry, I haven't tried any of those substitutions so I cannot say.
hi ! May i know can I substitute spelt flour with almond flour or regular flour or any other types of flour? Its not common in my area but I would love to try your recipe. Thanks in advance!
You can try using regular flour as it acts similarly to spelt flour. Hope it helps.
Roodie Barthem says
This is my favourite healthy cookie recipe!!
Thank you for sharing the recipe with us. I have been making it for several times now.
Yay! So happy to know you like them. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Imen lajmi says
Loved it ! It’s not sweet as the normal cookies are ( which makes it less addictive) but sweet enough to have it as a dessert or healthy filling snack with noooo guilt ! Thank you 😊
Right? I'm glad you liked it, thanks Imen!
Looks very interesting. How long can these last in fridge and how long in freezer?
Can I replace the spelt flour with any other healthy flour like oat flour or whole wheat flour. If so, what are the measurements. My kids are a big fan of your oat banana muffins and ask me to make every weekend 😂.
Hi Sonia! I haven't tried with whole wheat flour, oat flour so I can't really say how it would turn out or the measurements. Sorry! I'm happy to know your kids love the muffins. They are yum! 😀
I really love all ur recipes and have tried many of them like cheese cake shots, brownies and breads. Thank you so much for sharing.
Wanted to ask Is spelt flour and wheat flour the same.?
You can check out this post I made talking about that https://www.elmundoeats.com/what-is-spelt-flour/
Do you happen to know how many calories are in a cookie? I'm just curious and know that healthier ingredients are more important.
Hi, my ingredients have 1695 calories and I made 11 cookies so one cookie has 154 calories.
Hi, Bea! You finally did it! They must be very tasty. This weekend I' ll give them the chance to amaze us. 😀☕🍪 A big hug from Romania,
Hey Adriana! Yes, finally, right? Haha! I hope you'll like them as much as we do. Hugs and kisses!
Hello, can I use white flour instead of spelt and also could I use vegetable oil instead of coconut oil?
Hi Brenda! I haven't tried with white flour but I'd say yes? It's just that maybe the dough would be softer/stickier (needs some adjustment). And yes, use vegetable oil if you want. Hope it helps.
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Muchas gracias Irasema! 😀