Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
To be totally honest, when Zainab invited me to guest post, I sort of panicked. I mean, not only does she wow me week after week with her endlessly decadant creations and beautiful photography, but she bakes “normally”, while all of my recipes are, for lack of a less awkward descriptor, “weird”. Or worse, healthy. But I am here today determined to show you that healthy and dessert are not totally contradictory terms! Almost everything I bake is gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and easily adapted to be vegan. I force – ahem, recruit – friends, family and colleagues who do not have any food sensitivities to be my taste testers, and I never tell them the desserts are healthy. They never notice.
And I have to tell you: these cookies are one of my favorite treats that I’ve made, and you truly will not be able to tell they are healthy! What makes them healthy? Well, let’s run down the ingredient list: 1) They are gluten-free, to start. Of course, removing the wheat, and by extension the gluten, doesn’t automatically make something healthy, but in this case the wheat flour is replaced by whole grain oat flour, which is nutritious and full of fiber. Even if you don’t eat gluten-free, I would still urge you to try the oat flour! If you want, you can even make it yourself.
2) The butter is replaced with its vegan equivalent, which has less saturated fat, and the amount is reduced substantially from what a typical cookie recipe calls for: 1/3 cup compared to 1/2 – 1 cup. Fat is delicious in baked goods because it is a source of moisture, but here the bananas take over, meaning we can get away with using much less fat without noticing in the end product.
3) There is also no, that’s right NO, sugar added to these cookies. All of the sweetness comes from the bananas plus a little bit of honey. Both sweeteners have a lower glycemic index (especially combined with the fiber from the oat flour) so there’s no sugar spike and crash here!
And yet, despite all of the (boring, hopefully-not-too-off-putting) ways that these are healthy, you’ll forget all about it when you take a bite of these cookies. They’re chewy and hearty, the way a good oatmeal cookie should be, yet still pillowy-soft. They are packed with nutty whole rolled oats, chewy raisins, smooth chocolate chips, and crunchy walnuts, so you get lots of flavor and texture in every bite.
And best of all, they are SO easy to make – all it takes is one bowl and a spoon or fork. So, go ahead! Treat yourself to a cookie that’s kinda-sorta good for you, but tastes as flavorful and decadent as the “real” thing. (I suppose I should insert some sort of remark here about your skinny jeans thanking you, or bikini season looming, but I’m going to spare us both.) You’ve gotta try these!
Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
These Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies are chewy and hearty, the way a good oatmeal cookie should be, yet still pillowy-soft. They are packed with nutty whole rolled oats, chewy raisins, smooth chocolate chips, and crunchy walnuts, so you get lots of flavor and texture in every bite!
- 2 large very ripe bananas, thoroughly mashed
- ⅓ cup vegan or regular butter, melted and slightly cooled
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 large egg (or 1 flax egg if vegan), lightly beaten
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 1½ teaspoons baking soda
- 2½ cups oat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or a nonstick pad.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir bananas, butter, honey, egg/flax egg, and vanilla together until
- Stir in salt and baking soda.
- Stir in oat flour. Make sure it is well-incorporated and there are no lumps.
- Fold in oats, then chocolate chips, raisins and walnuts.
- Use an ice cream scoop to portion out approximately 3 Tablespoon balls of dough. Press down
- slightly with your palm. Arrange 8 per cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes until the edges are slightly golden.
- Allow to cool on the pan for 5-10 minutes during which time they will firm up a bit. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Thank you very much Nora for these delicious cookies. I will just echo what she said: “You gotta try these!”. For more healthy recipes, check out Nora’s beautiful blog, A Clean Bake and follow her on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
The next time we talk, I’ll be done with my busy school times. The presentation will have either gone well or not. But either way, we will be toasting with a cocktail!!
These cookies look great!! I love that you made them right when you got the recipe – that’s so awesome! Best of luck to you tomorrow – you are going to be amazing!!
Thanks Cate! It went well and now I’m enjoying the relaxing down time!
Good luck tomorrow! Don’t worry about a bad practice run, in a way I think it’s good when this happens because it gives you a chance to work on the sharp edges. Better have a so-so practice run and use that as a way to get better than go into the real thing with false confidence and crash! 😉
I like to have the beginning phrases memorized because for me, those are the hardest moments, facing the audience and getting started. If I feel confident about what to say in the beginning, the rest flows more naturally
go get them!!!!!!
Good luck tomorrow Zainab..hope your presentation goes well!
These are amazing, Nora! And good luck Zainab!!
Thanks so much, Matt!
I love the ingredients in this Nora! I have used oat flour in Finnish Flat Bread! Bananas are perfect for cookies, i’ve used it before 😉 Pinning this for later for sure! Thank you!
I’m so glad, Kelly! Oat flour is so versatile. I never knew it was used in Finnish flat bread, though, so I’m going to have to give it a try!
Good luck Zainab…….you can do it!!! God Bless.
Girl, yum! I’m pinning these little guys for later. Thanks for sharing!
You’ll do great, Zainab! And wow, I’m impressed you made these the night you got the recipe! That is real love 😉 I don’t blame you, these look incredible. As soon as we get more bananas, I am trying these! I love that they use bananas but that isn’t the dominant flavor. Bring on the chocolate chips! I think these are going to be my road trip snacks – pinned!
That is seriously one heck of a cookie my dear!!
I love these clean eating cookies! I like baking healthy treats that don’t make me feel guilty, and these would be perfect for snacking and even breakfast. pinning!
i’m sure your presentation will go well! these cookies sound so good. good luck!!!
Love these cookies! I am always so impressed by people like you, Nora, who manage to make these “healthier” treats look so good and easy to understand. These look wonderful and good luck with your presentation, Zainab! 🙂
Oh, you’re too sweet, Beth! That’s definitely my goal, and I’m so glad you agree that these don’t seem “healthy” but do seem doable!
Yum! I can’t wait to try these cookies! Always looking for tasty new gluten-free and vegan cookie recipes for my snack attacks.
I would do just the same, Z!
Sending good vibes for your presentation!
YOU CAN DO IT!!! GO Z! WOOOHOO!
Always looking for healthier desserts, might be making these ASAP!
Hahhaha thanks Molly!! I felt your cheer and every thing went well!! Hope you are having a great start of the summer.
Nora!!! These look so delicious! My friend has been asking me to bake hip oatmeal cookies, but I didn’t have a recipe myself. I’ll try these out and see how he likes them.
Zainab, send positive energy your way! You’ll be awesome!
Thanks, Graham!! Let me know what your friend (and you) think!
Zainab good luck on your presentation my friend, hope it goes well! Nora these look fantastic!!!
Glad you like them, Nancy!
What a great post! I’m definitely off to check out Nora’s blog straight after this. I’ve been amazed since I started my blog about how healthy some baked goods can be … and without compromising at all on taste.
Oh, and I must echo everyone else here and say ‘Best of luck with your presentation!’ I bet you’ll do great, and if not, at least you’ll have some of these cookies to ‘drown your sorrows’ with!
Nora, I’m loving this post and recipe… and your photos! Good luck, Zainab!
I’m thrilled you like it, Gloria!
Sorry to hear you were having a bad day Zainab, but I’m sure the cookies did wonders to help! Oatmeal raisin cookies are my favorites and I love that these are healthier. I’m always trying to create healthier treats, that way I can eat more of them…right? 🙂
Thanks Danae! They really helped turn the day around 🙂
Lovely post, and lovely recipe!
Nora-you did great!!! These cookies are gorgeous!
and Zainab-I’m still sad that I missed you!! 🙁
I know 🙁 But we will make it happen soon! I promise!!
Thanks so much, Kayle!
These cookies look awesome, thanks for sharing Nora and Zainab! Good luck on your presentation tomorrow, wishing you lots of luck and I know you’ll do great 🙂
We’re all rooting for you, gal–with these cookies in hand, you can do anything! Well, you can do anything anyway, but the cookies won’t hurt, I’m sure 🙂 love the guest post. Cheerios to you, and we’ll see you on the other side of it victorious!
Thanks Ala!! The rooting came through and I felt the love 🙂 Everything went well and there is nothing these cookies cannot help one accomplish. At least that is my take home message 🙂
These cookies sound really great! I just love oatmeal cookies!
I think these cookies are all the more awesome for their virtuosness! Just means I can have five in a row without guilt. 😛 WIN.
Good luck Zainab!
Or maybe 6 or 7!! Like I may have done :p
Those cookies look so yummy and delicious Nora! Very good job!
Zainad, I wish you the best for your presentation. In France we say “to cross the fingers” so I do it for you.
Thanks so much, Chantal!
Good luck with everything, Zainab! I’m sure you are going to kick ass. I know how it feels to have unrealistically high expectations of myself. I feel like a total failure every time I do anything because I think I need to be perfect. But all we can do is our best, right (and our best is usually exactly what’s needed). Just like I need a batch of these gorgeous, healthy cookies! Fantastic guest post, Nora! I love your blog because you teach me so much about eating healthfully while still eating delicious foods. Beautiful photos too, girl!
Thank you so much Nancy!! You are seriously always so on point. The presentation went great from everyone’s perspective..even my boss thought it was the best I had done but I was so disappointed in myself that I tripped up a few times and was angry about that for a good part of the day. But I know I did my best!! Thanks for helping me out again with the blog during this period 🙂
Thank you, Nancy!! 🙂
Good luck today!!!
Thanks chica! It’s over now and I can move on with the rest of the dreadful phd years 😉
My advice: do not graduate with a job in line. Just don’t do it.
I would go crazy for these cookies! I need them on my kitchen counter asap!
Hahha I will go crazy too!
Oh my goodness! These are healthy! HEALTHY!!!!! I can eat them without feeling any guilt! Plus they look DELICIOUS!!!! Had I not known of the ingredients, I would have never guessed! <3
They are healthy..and no guilt attached at all!! Just the way I love my cookies 🙂
Yay for healthy cookies! These look beyond fantastic!
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Hey! Supper excited to try these ! One question though, did you use semi sweet chocolate chips!m? Or milk chocolate chips ? Thank you in advance !
Hi Rosemary! So glad you are trying these. You can use any chips. Hope you enjoy them!