These dark chocolate oatmeal cookies are made with oats, whole-wheat flour and deliciously dark chocolate in 3 different forms. Very fudgy and almost like a brownie in the form of a cookie!
So what are the 3 kinds of chocolates in these chocolate oatmeal cookies?
- There is 80% dark chocolate,
- dark cocoa powder, and
- dark chocolate chips.
We love dark chocolate, but if you want to turn it down a little, use 52% chocolate. I made them with 52% chocolate when I made them for gifting to a neighbor. They come out excellent both ways.
How are these oatmeal cookies healthier?
These oatmeal cookies are healthier just by the amount of oats they have! Most oats cookies in the market have just a tiny bit oats and mostly just plain white flour and processed sugar. I hate to buy them and I feel bad when they are marketed as “healthy oatmeal cookies” when oats are less than 5% of the cookie. Using a mix of oats, whole-wheat flour, and unprocessed brown sugar, these cookies are healthy and delicious.
The cookie dough is made with 50% oats and 50% whole-wheat flour, giving a nice amount of oats in each bite and adding a good, healthy crunch to the soft cookie. I’ve used old-fashioned rolled oats. You can also use fast cooking porridge oats or ground oats for even softer oatmeal cookies. For a 100% gluten-free oats cookie, check out my no-bake Nutella oatmeal cookies recipe.
These chocolate oatmeal cookies are great for breakfast, a lunch treat, a mid-meal snack, and a dessert. Oats are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants so you can guilt-free snack on these cookies whenever you feel the need. I love to dunk the cookies in hot milk, when the chocolate chips slightly melt and stick to the fingers and then after the cookie bite, you lick the chocolate off your fingers…mmmm…. It just extends the whole chocolate cookie and milk experience.
Homemade, handmade gifts really show your love and what better than some healthy, delicious cookies to gift? I have gifted my chocolate walnut brownies umpteen number of times, and I was looking for new food gifting ideas. The way these cookies turned out, these are the perfect gifts.
This cookie is like a cross between a brownie and a cookie. Crisp on the outside and like a fudge on the inside. If you like this recipe, please take a moment to rate it and/or leave your feedback in comments. It will really encourage me to keep exploring, learning and improving.
Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Ingredients (1cup = 240ml; 1tbsp = 15ml; 1tsp = 5ml)
- 125 g dark chocolate (I used 80%)
- ¼ cup unsalted butter (~50g)
- ¼ cup dark cocoa powder
- 1 medium egg (at room temperature)
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp yogurt
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup wholewheat flour
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 180ºC and prepare two baking trays.
- Break the chocolate in smaller pieces and in a thick bottom pot, melt the chocolate and butter together. Whisk frequently so that they don’t stick to the pan and remove from heat as soon as they have melted. Keep aside to cool.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg, yogurt, and sugar until fluffy.
- Add in vanilla extract, baking powder, and salt. Beat again.
- Mix in the cocoa powder in the melted chocolate and butter mix and then add this mix to the mixing bowl. Combine first with a spatula and then beat with a whisk for a little.
- Next, fold in the oats and whole wheat flour into the chocolate mix. I just use my spatula for this. The mixture will be thick and lumpy. Once well combined, fold in the chocolate chips.
- Let the mix sit for 5 minutes for the oats to absorb some of the moisture.
- Divide the dough into 15-16 small balls. Flatten them between your palms and place on the baking tray.
- Bake for about 20 minutes. Since I was using two trays, one close to the top and other close to the bottom of the oven, at the 10-minute mark I switched the two trays. Just to ensure even cooking.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely for another 10 minutes.
- Store in a cookie jar!
- The trick to fudgy cookies is to bake just a little less than what you think is needed. The oatmeal cookies continue to cook in their heat after you take them out of the oven. So even if you think they need a few more minutes in the oven, believe me, they don’t.
- Nutritional Information is the approximate info for one single cookie.
The original recipe comes from Deeba Rajpal who runs the passionateaboutbaking.com blog. I love how she uses traditional millets in non-traditional baking recipes like biscotti, cakes, and pudding. I saw a picture of these dark chocolate cookies on her Instagram feed and I had to make them that very day and I did! and I have done it again and again.
They are so delicious that in my house, I need to keep the cookie jar way behind on the shelf to make them last for a few days! The first time I made them, we snacked on one each time one would pass the cookie jar (I had it right on the kitchen counter!). They lasted 2 days. Next time, I kept the jar inside the kitchen cupboard (but right in front) and I would grab one each time I opened the cupboard to take out anything. They lasted 4 days. The third time, I hid them behind other jars and they lasted for a week! :-P.
Food Bloggers Groups
I’m posting this recipe as part of a monthly bloggers’ challenge group — A-Z recipe Challenge. It is a fun group where every alternate month, we choose a key ingredient that starts with a specific letter, this month being D. I was trying to choose between my date bars and these dark chocolate cookies. Since I was eating these cookies while sitting on my computer, the choice was easily made :-). Will be sharing the recipe of how to make your own date bars too soon!
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These cookies look just perfect, Ashima! So inviting! 🙂
Love the recipe – especially the way you have incorporated oatmeal into the cookies.
Thanks so much, Priya!
Hi Ashima – Is this possible to make without egg?
The egg adds to the softness of the cookies. But you can try with doubling the yogurt and not use egg. I haven’t tried it without eggs but I am sure it will work.
Ashima, this is a cracker recipe. I will make it this wednesday as i am having kids over. Love the oat, the whole wheat and never say no to dark chocolate
I am sure the kids will love these cookies 🙂 You might want to go with more sweeter chocolate for kids probably?
Ashima, these cookies look decadent. Deeba’s recipes are amazing and esp the chocolate ones, really stand out! I can imagine myself with couple of these cookies, a mug of coffee on a cold winter evening soon. Haha..
Yes, I love her recipes, especially how she gives everything a healthy twist 🙂
Delicious and yummy is the word!!! So tempting!!
Yum yum, dark chocolate is my weakness and adding it to oats you have made a perfect snack for me for evening. Please do pass on all that now :-). Delicious.
I will happily pass on all the healthy snack recipes 🙂
Just too tempting Ashima.. haven’t baked triple chocolate cookies in a long time. Just love the crumb and texture of the cookies.
you should definitely try them…
Scrumptious cookies, prefect treat for chocoholic person like me. Those dark beauties are just incredible delicious.
Yummy! Such a delicious and decadent oats recipe. Will keep the dark chocolate content as it is so if someone does not like them it’s perfectly fine. More cookies for me. 😀
haha!!! I love that attitude 🙂
Thanks so much, Archana!
Lovely share Ashima. Totally fall in love with these chocolaty cookies. You made it a healthy treat for kids by adding oatmeal. Kids will enjoy it without recognising oats in it. Please pass some for me
I wish I could pass them to you 🙂 but I did the next best thing of passing the recipe 😛
These healthy cookies looks so delicious and guilt free treat to enjoy. Good idea to use oats and Wheat flour. I will try this next week specially for my cookie loving daughter.
I am sure your daughter will love these. They make great tiffin snacks for school!
Tiffin snacks is a perfect idea. Thank a lot for this good idea Ashima 🙂
I am glad you liked it! 🙂
Hi Ashima, I baked these today and they are superb. Love the strong dark chocolate. I did replace cocoa with cacao which made them even darker. Even my 6 year old loved them. They baked perfectly in the time specified. I usually find the baking time to be inaccurate. Best cookie recipe ever!
Thanks, Shalini!! 🙂
so awesome… I am so happy your little one loved them too <3! Did you happen to take any picture? It will be lovely if you could share it!
I am also a big fan of dark chocolate……You are very much right, home made cookies are far better than market bought one……….Healthy oats and whole wheat cookies are very good accompaniment for milk, tea or coffee……..lovely share for the challenge…. 🙂
Cookies are always fascinating me and you have made them perfectly. And that goodness of dark chocolate with oats is alluring me to pick up some and gobble down 🙂
Now a days my little one loves to eat cookies. So i will prepare it soon . Thanks for the recipe…
I am sure the kids will love them! You can also change the recipe to add some raisins..
Perfectly baked cookies. Will pair well with a cup of hot coffee
yes, I love to feast on them with a cup of hot coffee… even better when you dunk them in the coffee ;p
These are looking so scrumptious. A perfect treat for a chocoholic like me. Definitely want to make it. Just one quick question, can it be made without egg. Lovely share Ashima !!
The egg helps in raising the cookies.. you can make them without egg, add one more tbsp yogurt to the cookies to make them softer. I have not made these cookies without eggs yet, but I do make eggless cookies which are crispier than these.
Perfectly baked cookies, feel like picking one and enjoy with filter kappi, awesome share.
wow, these dark chocolate oatmeal cookies are calling me now. Looking so yummy and tempting. I love oatmeal cookies a lot. their chewy texture is something which I love most.
The oatmeal cookies with all the healthy ingredients going in are really difficult to resist Ashima ! Perfect treat with some milk for kids and adults alike !
That’s so true Poonam! a healthy treat 🙂
These dark chocolate oatmeal cookies came out perfect. looking so delicious and crunchy. my favorite cookies and most loved part is their chewy texture. Great recipe share Ashima.
Would love to see a pic of your cookies 🙂 I too loved their chewy brownie like texture!
You are a temptress, you are! I am weaning myself off goodies like this and here you are with a decadent recipe; and a simple one at that. 🙂
haha! well, these are healthy too… with whole wheat flour and oats! So go ahead and make a small batch :p
Very healthy cookies. I must try them soon.
They are very delicious and healthy with whole wheat flour and whole grain oats! one of the fastest finishing cookies in our home 🙂
Sasmita Sahoo Samanta
Dark Chocolate Oatmeal cookies look so tempting ones So perfectly baked goodies these are !!
Lovely cookies.Bakes perfectly.A delicious cross between cookies and brownies.
Thank youuuu, Simran!!!
I’m so happy that you shared your experience of making the chocolate oatmeal cookies! Feedback like yours helps me continue exploring and sharing new recipes on the blog!
Hello Ashima, the receipe looks lovely.
Can i use grinded oats? My baby might not eat oats as whole? And which oats should i use? Rolled or instant?
While I have not tried these cookies with ground oats, I think they should work just fine. I would still grind them coarsely and not very fine like a flour but even oat flour should work. 1 cup whole oats will grind to little less than a cup, keep that quantity and not top with more ground oat to make a cup :-).
I have not tried with oat flour and I would be really grateful if you can share how it went!
Thanks a lot for your answer.
Will try since for reply gives me confidence.
Will let you know how it went 😉
Tried the receipe with grinded oats.
Came out quite well
My 1.5 yr old daughter loved them.
Just one question, the dough or batter was quite sticky and made it very difficult for me to make balls.
Any tips on how to avoid that?
Awesome! 🙂 Thank you for sharing your experience! I am especially thrilled that your 1.5 yr old daughter loved it!
hmmmm….maybe rub a little oil on your palms before making the balls. That should help with the sticky batter.
Hello Ashima, i tried with grinded oats and cookies came out really well.
2nd time i even added grinded dryfuits (walnuts cashewnuts, almonds..dry roasted and grinded)
Great tasty cookies
That is so awesome! Thanks for sharing your feedback and also your suggestions 🙂 I will try with ground dry fruits too!
Hey Ashima, could I replace the 70% dark chocolate with Valhrona callets 55% or 59%,? Thanks
Yes you can use any chocolate of your choice for the recipe!
Would love to know how they come out 🙂