Children’s Health | Diet & Nutrition
Dark Chocolate Cookies

Recipe: Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

An indulgent and guilt-free cookie recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth

This heart-healthy version of everyone’s favorite cookie is low in cholesterol and high in omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts and canola oil replace the usual eggs and butter, and oats and whole-wheat flour provide the whole grain. It’s a recipe you can indulge in occasionally without guilt (and a little dark chocolate never hurts)!

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3 tablespoons canola oil
2 cups walnuts
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups flour (may use whole wheat pastry flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 cups old fashioned oats
8 ounces of dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Blend walnuts in food processor until ground into a fine meal. Add canola oil, and blend until dough is the consistency of natural peanut butter. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Whisk together brown sugar and 1/2 cup water in small saucepan and boil. Pour sugar-water mixture over walnut butter, add vanilla, and stir until smooth.
  4. Whisk flour, soda, salt and cinnamon in separate bowl. Stir flour mixture into walnut mixture and allow to cool.
  5. Once cooled, mix in oats and chocolate chips.
  6. Roll into 2-inch balls and flatten slightly on baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes, and enjoy.

Nutrition Information

Makes 30 cookies

152 calories
8.4 g fat (1.5 g saturated, 4.5g polyunsaturated, 1.8g monounsaturated)
0 mg cholesterol
124 mg sodium
24.5 g carbohydrate
11 g sugar
2.6 g fiber
2.7 g protein

Recipe from our Children’s Hospital Pediatric Nutrition Support Team

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  • Regina Burkhart-Picoult

    How many cookies is a serving?

    • Health Hub Team

      One cookie is a serving.
      Sincerely, Health Hub Team

  • Jerold G. Paquette

    Only one!

  • Judy

    Are you kidding me! This is not healthy if you’re using canola oil instead of organic butter and there is sugar in it! I can’t believe this is coming from the Cleveland Clinic.

  • Shelley

    You need to make these print friendly! This took 4 pieces of paper to print.

  • Amanda

    How on earth is this considered clean?!! Absurd!