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Whole wheat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. With hemp hearts and coconut sugar.

Say what, Magpie? Who’s been baking in your kitchen, woman, ’cause you do NOT bake like this.

Before you ask any question about the ingredients, I’m just going to say this:

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It’s because it’s all I had.

Now that we have settled that, these are most certainly the oddest cookies I have baked up. I didn’t make them with the intent of being “healthier”, it’s literally….

…all I had.

I was out of white flour. I am in the middle of trying to clean out my pantry and ready myself for school, for the baking and lunch packing that will soon take over my life.

I also have no sugar since I only use it for baking and if I’m out of white flour, I’m not really baking. Did that circuitous sentence make any sense to you? Basically, baking is at a standstill this summer, excepting pies of course. I don’t have to bake a new pie until next week and we live off honey for everything else, so no sugar in the house is really not a problem for us.

Until you want to bake, that is.

Listen, I know I need to go grocery shopping. I just have to reach the back of the pantry somehow and actually make a real list of what I need for back to school.

I made the mistake of promising my children cookies without checking if I had the ingredients first. That’s totally rule #15 in the Parenting Handbook, what am I, a rookie? I promised cookies after a morning of helping me clean the house and jumping on the trampoline between running the vacuum for me upstairs. They worked hard. They deserved some delicious cookies for an afternoon treat.

I had nothing peeps, nothing.

I stuck my head in my pantry- which was still not cleaned and organized- and assessed. I figured I could cut my Smartie Oatmeal cookie recipe in half, having only 1 1/2 cups of large flake oatmeal to my name. I had no white flour as we have already ascertained and no sugar.

I dug into my bag of swag from BlogHer and pulled out the organic coconut palm sugar that was given to me. It’s definitely not crossed my radar yet for baking, yet I remembered the company reps had told me it’s a 1:1 replacement for conventional sugars.

I had sugar. This is a good start.

I also always have whole wheat flour in the house. Another promising start.

With a whispered prayer that these dang cookies would work out, I dove into new baking territory.

 Ingredients for Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup of butter
3/4 cup coconut palm sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cups of large flake oats
2 tbsp hemp hearts
1 cup chocolate chips


Cream together the butter and the coconut palm sugar. Once they are combined thoroughly, add in the egg, followed by the vanilla.  Sift together the flour and baking soda, then add to the butter mixture until combined.

Now the hemp hearts aren’t a new thing in our house,  I do eat and love and enjoy on cereal and salads myself. I had yet to find a good way to sneak them into the kids meals as neither of them really enjoyed the flavor. I pulled them out of the fridge and thought meh, let’s add a couple of tablespoons. They bring a lovely nutty flavor to the cookie.

Once you have added the oat flakes and hemp hearts, add in the chocolate chips. A girl’s gotta have chocolate.

Roll into golf ball sized balls and place 6 to a cookie sheet. Press them flat with the bottom of a glass, making sure to wet the bottom of the glass with water if the cookies stick.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on the sheets for 5 minutes, then remove to a rack.

This makes a perfect 18 large cookies.

These were an absolute hit with everyone in the family.

I had no intention on making a healthier cookie but once they were baked up – and a success!- I started googling the ingredients I used and it turns out these are a nice healthy alternative to normal oatmeal cookies.
You can’t even tell they are whole wheat, the hidden hemp hearts make me laugh with glee since the kids scarf these back like nobody’s business and I had no idea that the coconut palm sugar was one of the best natural sweeteners out there, even better than agave it seems. I usually don’t believe the hype on sweeteners, but then found a video from Dr Oz regaling everyone with the benefits of the coconut palm sugar.  I do like Dr Oz, so perhaps there’s something to it after all. It’s still sugar, but a sugar that won’t cause such huge crashes after the high? Fabulous.
The palm sugar also tastes fantastic, it has a rich caramel flavor that surprised me!
Now, you can take these even healthier if you want by using an alternative to butter and raisins instead of chocolate chips, egg replacers and all that jazz.
There does become a point though, where you take it too far and they aren’t a cookie anymore. Let’s not forget the joy in a darn good cookie.
These are still amazingly darn good cookies.
Every Friday in my kids school lunches they get a treat, something decadent that they don’t get during the week. They don’t get gummies or chips, no juice or anything sweet at all daily in their school lunches,  I’m THAT mean mom. Fridays are the only day they get to enjoy a treat and they look forward to it all week long.
These have officially been added by them to the “Yes Please!” list for their Friday lunches, which excites me to no end. These cookies are good enough to make the short list of the sweet treat in my kids Friday’s lunches.
 A whole wheat, large flake oatmeal cookie, with hemp hearts, lower glycemic index sugar and good quality chocolate chips. Both sides win.

Try them, love them, play with the recipe and let me know any fun variations you make! I am going to whip up another version next week and see how the kids like them.

Happy Baking!
Love,

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Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cookies
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
13 mins
 
Whole wheat oatmeal cookies with hemp hearts and coconut palm sugar.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: cookies
Servings: 18
Calories: 174 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups large flake oats
  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream together the butter and the coconut palm sugar. 
  2. Once they are combined thoroughly, add in the egg, followed by the vanilla.
  3. Sift together the flour and baking soda, then add to the butter mixture until combined. 

  4. Now the hemp hearts aren't a new thing in our house, I do eat and love and enjoy on cereal and salads myself. I had yet to find a good way to sneak them into the kids' meals as neither of them really enjoyed the flavor. I pulled them out of the fridge and thought meh, let's add a couple tablespoons. They bring a lovely nutty flavor to the cookie. 

  5. Once you have added the oat flakes and hemp hearts, add in the chocolate chips. 

  6. Roll into golf ball sized balls and place 6 to a cookie sheet. Press them flat with the bottom of a glass, making sure to wet the bottom of the glass with water if the cookies stick. 

  7. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. 
  8. Remove from the oven and cool on the sheets for 5 minutes, then remove to a rack.
Nutrition Facts
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cookies
Amount Per Serving (18 g)
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 103mg 4%
Potassium 47mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 10g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 4.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Just made these exactly as recipe directed, except I used coconut oil in place of butter.  They turned out great.  May add a touch of salt next time to replace the salt that would otherwise be there with the butter, just to taste the difference and see which i like better.  Will make these again.  Simple, quick, easy, and guilt free cookies! 

  2. These are super yummy, I reduced the sugar to 2/3 cup, and I only had about 7/8 cup of mini choc chips, I prob would make them with only 2/3 cup next time.  Def would make these again!

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