Thursday, January 24, 2013

Low Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m not one for counting calories. To be honest, it makes me feel a bit dirty. (And not in the way I like). But I do love foods that focus on health instead of weight loss, and that’s exactly what these cookies do.

Using minimal butter, a banana, and reduced sugar, my family couldn’t tell these weren’t their usual decadent fare. I suspect the cookies could even be made more healthy with some whole wheat flour or maybe some sugar substitutions. But you know, everything in moderation.

Just don't be a jerk and add raisins to them. (I'm totally kidding - please do that to your friends and children. We all must go through the sadness and disappointment).

Low Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Skinny Taste

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unpacked brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large banana, mashed
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups quick oats
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350F, and prepare baking sheets with the usual suspects: parchment, grease, or a silicone baking mat.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars on medium. Add the egg, banana and vanilla and mix until things are a little bit fluffy and light.

Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, giving it a quick stir, then add the oats. Mix until well combined, and then gently fold in the chocolate chips.

Drop the batter about 1-2 tablespoons at a time onto the baking sheets, and press down slightly. Not like with peanut butter cookies, but give the damn things a tap or a thumb to the middle so they bake nice and even, okay?

This is the easy part: bake for 10-13 minutes, until they begin to turn a little golden brown. But don’t overcook them, lest you want hockey puck cookies.


  1. Hi~ I'd like to make these cookies tomorrow, but i have some questions. How many cookies did the recipe make? and do you think it would be okay to freeze some dough to bake another day? Thank you!

    1. I got about two dozen out of it. And I haven't tried freezing the dough, but it usually works. :)

  2. Wow! A low fat oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe! I’ve been craving for sweets lately but when I read the recent study that eating too much sweet can damage one’s brain cells. That’s why I decided to trim my sugar rush and turn to low fat foods like this one.

  3. I made them this morning and turned out great. You can't taste the banana once they are cooked. It yielded 26 cookies and they are husband approved!

  4. Hi Leanne, wow these cookies look amazing!

    May I ask: Why did you swap the applesauce (from skinny taste version) to a banana? Is there a specific reason? Does it improve the texture or so?

    Thanks :-)

    1. Mainly convenience and personal preference. :) We always have an older banana or two hanging around the house (or freezer) but applesauce gets eaten right away. I also really like them in baking!

  5. I just stumbled upon your blog and this amazing recipe !
    I made just a couple of adjustments:
    gluten free flour and oats; instead of the 1/4 c. of reg. sugar I subsituted unsweetened applesauce; added 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 T. instant coffee. Also: used dark chocolate squares that I rough chopped.

    An incredible recipe !!! Totally yummy. Will make these again for sure !!



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