These healthy orange oatmeal chocolate chip cookies feature orange zest, whole wheat flour, unsweetened coconut and semisweet chocolate.
Though these orange oatmeal chocolate chip cookies may not be as healthy as a bowl of bran cereal, they are definitely healthier than a batch of old-fashioned iced oatmeal cookies.
That means you can eat at least two before second guessing going back for one more.
I love how dense, chewy and packed with flavor these orange oatmeal cookies are. It makes them irresistible when still warm and delightful when frozen. Oh, how I love eating frozen cookies!
The recipe calls for half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour, but I bet you could totally go with a full 2 cups of whole wheat flour. If you do, maybe try whole wheat pastry flour for a bit lighter texture.
Using unsweetened coconut adds the right amount of flavor and texture without added sugar. It was difficult to find unsweetened coconut but I eventually located a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Flaked Coconut in the organic section of my local grocery store.
I actually really love the larger flakes so much, I’m going to start using it in my chocolate chip coconut cookies and coconut chocolate chip saucepan bars. While you’re picking up a bulk order of that flaked coconut, don’t forget the cookie dough scoop!
Though these healthy orange oatmeal chocolate chip cookies feature semisweet chocolate chips, you could totally substitute milk chocolate chips or raisins. And while I didn’t add any nuts, walnuts would be a super tasty addition!
Printable recipe for orange oatmeal chocolate chip cookies below. Enjoy!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 banana)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 T orange zest
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or milk chocolate chips or raisins)
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream butter and egg together in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Beat in banana, vanilla and brown sugar. Fold in orange zest.
- Combine flour, salt, baking powder, oats, coconut, walnuts (optional) and chocolate chips in a large bowl. Stir until blended well.
- Add flour mixture to creamed mixture and beat until thoroughly combined. Don't over mix!
- Drop rounded tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheet. Gently press dough to flatten. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until edges turn golden brown and centers are set. Cool 2 to 3 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.