by Olena

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Olena

4 from 5 reviews

healthy chocolate chip cookies

For the longest time I have hesitated to post this recipe. Simply because these healthy chocolate chip cookies don’t look nearly as pretty and are not chewy as their sugar loaded counterparts. Then the other day I was browsing Internet for cookies made without sugar and came across Tessa’s (Handle the Heat) The Ultimate Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies. She showed a version made with whole wheat flour and maple syrup => I got inspired.

That night I experimented making 4 batches of healthy chocolate chip cookies and my kids absolutely loved them! I even used all coconut oil and they were absolutely delicious. We all know kids love cookies which I never ever buy or make due to my strong belief cookies are one of the unhealthiest junk foods in the world.

Yep, I think so and quite frankly do not understand this whole Cookies for Kids’ Cancer campaign. Why would we promote to create more junk food that in the first place contributes to cancer?! It’s beyond my understanding. And nobody talks about it, at least anyone I know. Like why not fruit or only healthy cookies?! Kids don’t like fruit as much?! Well, let’s teach them to love it. My kids do because I taught them to love it. Why don’t we spend money on education about the disease and finding cure for it instead of stuffing more GMO cookies with marshmallows and sprinkling with orange chemicals?!?!?! Why we don’t look deep down in the root of the problem instead of the surface?! It’s a vicious circle here in America…

healthy chocolate chip cookies

So, I don’t care anymore if my healthy chocolate chip cookies do not have those pretty grooves from melted sugar. I care about feeding mine and your kids with wholesome ingredients and every bit counts. While I believe in 80/20 rule and allow them an occasional treat outside of home that isn’t healthy (purely for social reasons), in my home we eat as many whole foods as we can.

These cookies are super versatile – use what you have. I tested them with maple syrup, honey, whole wheat flour, spelt flour, all coconut oil, all butter and then half butter/half coconut oil. As I mentioned before, they are not chewy but more cakey, still absolutely delicious!


Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 from 5 reviews

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies made with coconut oil, maple syrup and whole wheat flour. My son brought a few to school and all kids loved them.

  • Author:
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 15 cookies 1x


  • 1/4 cup salted organic butter, at room T*
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, at room T*
  • 1 large egg, at room T*
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 + 1/4 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (please buy organic fair trade)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line large baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat with a mixer butter and coconut oil until creamy. Add egg, maple syrup and vanilla, beating until smooth. Add flour and baking soda; mix with spatula until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Using a small scoop, drop cookie dough on prepared baking sheet. Cookies do not spread much, so if you like large cookies flatten them with a back of the scoop, dipping it in water after each cookie (cookies are sticky). Bake for 14 – 15 minutes or until the bottom browns a bit. These cookies stay light in colour. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes and enjoy with a cup of unsweetened almond milk.

Store: Store in a cool dry place for up to a week or freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months.


*You can use all coconut oil, all butter or half and half. To bring oil and butter to room T, place them in preheating oven in oven proof baking dish for a few minutes until soft but not melted. To warm up the egg, place it in a bowl with hot water for a few minutes. If using unsalted butter, add 1/4 tsp salt to the recipe. Recipe by Tessa of Handle the Heat.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.


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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. Unfortunately, these cookies spread and filled the entire tray with a thin layer that didn’t look like cookies at all. I read that it is not going to spread so I had put them a little close together still an inch apart. Anyways I ended up with a very thin layer.
    I had used 1/2 cups of coconut butter and 1/3 cup of organic cane sugar. nothing else was different. Just wondering what might have been wrong

    1. Well…because you doubled the oil and replaced maple syrup with sugar, that’s why your cookies didn’t turn out. When it comes to baking, it’s better to follow the recipe. Baking is a science. There are proportions of dry to wet for a reason, so when you stick that dough in the oven it doesn’t spread.
      So ouch, I definitely didn’t deserve that 1 star rating. Like at all. But life is not fair. As we all know.:)

      1. I am very sorry about that one star! I really did not mean to.
        The recipe says it is okay to use coconut oil instead of butter as I read in the notes.
        So the only thing I did wrong was adding cane sugar instead of maple syrup which usually works 🙂
        I really appreciate that you answer the comments.

        1. Oh, I see. My apologies. You used 1/2 cup total fat like coconut oil. Yes, that’s OK. Must have been the sugar then.
          Mmmm, substitutes in baking like cookies, breads and cakes between liquid and dry sweeteners usually do not work because the consistency of batter or dough is thrown of. Can work in pancakes but definitely not in cookies. No worries about 1 star, all good.

  2. Hey Olena! It’s Cathy, your old neighbor! I was just online trying to find a new good organic chocolate chip cookie recipe and your blog came up…what a coincidence. I made your recipe but used light spelt flour, half organic butter and raw coconut oil, unpasteurized honey instead of maple syrup, and added about a 1/4 cup organic coconut sugar, with the addtion of some organic walnuts and pecans! Turned out great. Adding the coconut sugar just gave the edges a bit of crispness when cooked but not overly sweet as the coconut sugar is mild. These also flattened quite a bit so I recommend not flattening them before baking!
    Hope you and Alex are doing great in your new home! Congratulations on a new chapter in your life. (we also have moved out to the country on an acre overlooking Lake Okanagan – raising chickens, building permaculture food gardens, and living back to the basics!)

    1. Hi Cathy! What a nice surprise. So happy to hear you guys are doing just fine and living your dream.:) Internet is a small world indeed.
      Yes, baking cookies with sugar makes them more crunchy. More like a real cookie. This is very old recipe of mine when I was scared of any sugar haha. Now my favorite recipe is almond flour chocolate chip cookies. The yare crunchy like a real cookie. I always make a double batch and they are all gone by next day.
      Anyways, very nice of you to say “HI”. Alex says Hi to you and Adam too! Chat soon! xoxo

      1. Yes the honey and coconut sugar mixture worked great…still soft in the center but a little crispy on edges! Next time I will double recipe, as they are already half gone! haha
        If my email address comes up on your end, email me anytime to keep in touch! (We don’t have any social media)

  3. These were wonderful an so easy to make. I ended up using whole wheat pastry flour and the texture was perfect… thanks for the great recipe!

  4. Love these cookies. The texture and flavour are superb! Love, love the healthy ingredients. Thank you!

  5. Big hit! BIG BIG BIG, So funny Olena! I doubled and took about 20ish of your cookies. They brought out store ice cream cake, with bright red and dark blue frosting. Really! So is there anything in nature that even grows in those colors? So I also offered your cookies and didn’t say a word about the ingredients. I did make them smallish. It’s funny, everyone took one! Not one person said they weren’t good! Most said they good, many said excellent, wanted to know what is in there to make them so flavorful… Coconut or something? When I made this batch I had only whole wheat pastry flour left. I used up all my spelt the first time. After they’d eaten them I said they were all organic and practically sugar free, whole wheat, blah blah blah. I thought, well, that’s it. They won’t eat more. They finished them! I had one tiny cookie! I doubt I changed any lives. But I showed them that you can well and enjoy food!

  6. All set for the party! I added lots of toasted walnuts and made extra to bring. Thank you SO MUCH!! These are the best! I’ll have to leave them behind or my husband and I have too many tomorrow. That is if there are any left! Tried to attach photo… I don’t know couldn’t figure it out… They DO look like yours though, but for the nuts!

    1. Hi Kit! Sounds lovely! I imagine how good they look with a bunch of extra nuts! I don’t think you can attach image so you are not missing anything. You can post it on any social media you have and tag me @ifoodreal. Enjoy your party! We are going skiing today!:)

  7. Making these again today! It’s a family birthday party and We always sit and watch the store bought cake and ice cream go round! It’s family! No one cares if we bring our own… We won’t feel so odd having nothing. Or left out 🙂

  8. I used 1/2 of each of the flours, and 1/2 of the oil and butter! Actually, cakey cookies are our favorite. Health over pretty any day and these are so good! After a while, our tastes grow to love healthy foods, and these recipes all taste best! We rarely have sweets either, and I hear you about the c-rap served up to the kids here in the U.S. If parents stopped buying, companies would stop making, kids would get healthy. Seems simple, but it’s not happening. So sad because by the time the children can make their own decisions, they are already sick out of sorts, asthma, skin issues, and lots of them overweight.

      1. Nah…not really. We do not have school cafeterias in elementary until high school so that helps a lot. But other than that…same kids that do not eat produce, same processed food lunch bags and snacks after sports. Same junk at home. All the same.:( Smaller portions I think than in the US. Canada is more expensive than States in terms of cost of living which is beneficial in this case. Unfortunately we are not far away.:( People do not cook and it is considered ok. Everyone is “busy”. I hate that word. Takes 20 minutes to boil potatoes and chop a salad.

    1. Glad to hear that. You are such a breath of fresh air and give me hope that maybe we have hope.
      A middle aged woman left me a comment last week on a quinoa chicken recipe saying it doesn’t look pretty. I couldn’t believe it. Seriously?! At age 60 we are still talking about looks of food vs its health benefits?! Amazingly silly!!! Isn’t it time to grow up?!

      1. Crazy lady maybe just has too much time on her hands, you know? She is maybe lucky not to learn the hard way that health is very precious and it is what we put in. Not looks, that is important. That said, I can’t imagine you posting anything at all unattractive! Your dishes and photragaphy are all top notch! People can be mean just for the fun of it and I never understood that.

  9. I followed the instructions.and used the exact indredients. I did not like.the texture (like a salty cookie) nor.the taste (way too much coconut). Not a success.

    1. I don’t know what a salty cookie is but I have mentioned in the post the texture of cookies is cakey because of no sugar. If you do not like coconut oil you wouldn’t like baked goods made with it. To our family these cookies are delicious! But everyone has different tastebuds. We don’t eat sugar at all.

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