Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These healthier oatmeal chocolate chip cookies have NO sugar, NO white flour, and only 2 tablespoons of butter in the whole batch! They are the perfect way to satisfy your mad chocolate cravings when you are supposed to be losing holiday pounds.

Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

I saw this bumper sticker today: “How’s my driving?   Shoot me a text.” HA!

Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

So my best friend Sarah announced on Facebook yesterday that she had just spent 4 hours creating the “Daniel Craig in Casino Royale 6 Week Meal Plan” as requested by her husband, and if anyone wanted a copy they could shoot her an email. (Click HERE if you want to see it! Thanks Sarah!) It is exactly what it sounds like: 40 days of meals similar to what Daniel Craig ate while training to be James Bond.

Eric and I were talking later and he was wondering if he should do it. I said no, I prefer soft bellies actually (mine included, most importantly). And I also said, “Daniel Craig is like 65 and not cute. Like a grandpa. But with abs. It’s disturbing.”

And he said, “You’re just wrong, Karen. Daniel Craig is legitimately hot.”

Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Well there you go, Daniel Craig. You win today. I think my husband has a man-crush on you.

But really, am I the only one?? Pierce Brosnan made a much sexier James Bond if you ask me.

Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Are you following a diet or any kind of meal plan this January? I had plans. But I also just ate 2 cookies, so…

But at least they were healthy-ish ones! My friend Amy from Amy’s Healthy Baking wrote a book all about Healthier Chocolate Treats and this is one of her recipes. How cool is that?? She is so talented. Her blog is all about healthy baking. (Check out these Healthy Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies. They look amazing!)

Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

And there is even more chocolate in the book. In every recipe actually! My kind of cookbook.

These Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfect for January! (Or anyone who’s trying to look like Daniel Craig…) They are moist and lightly spiced with cinnamon. Amy bakes hers with agave, but I didn’t have any so I subbed honey. It changed the flavor of course, but I like it! Gave it another dimension. The other thing I love about this recipe is that it only makes 15 cookies–or 12 if you are a dough fanatic like me–so you don’t have leftovers lying around for days (like when I make my Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies.)

Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Left: the dough is very sticky. Right: here’s what melty warm cookies look like after you stack them up to take photos…guess I better eat them. All. (Daniel Craig abs, here I come. I’m just trying to please you, Eric.)

If you love healthy baking definitely check out Amy’s book. It has over 50 tried and true recipes!

If you make these cookies, snap a photo and tag #thefoodcharlatan on social. Remember to tag #HealthierChocolateTreats too so that Amy can see it! I’m sure she would love that!

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Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: Makes 12-15 cookies


  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • scant 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • about 1/2 to 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. Pull out 2 medium bowls, one for dry ingredients, one for wet.
  3. In one bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Melt the butter in the other bowl. You don't have to melt it all the way, if there are a couple lumps it's okay. Let cool slightly.
  5. Whisk in the vanilla, then the egg. Whisk in the honey.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to stir until it has just come together (don't overdo it).
  7. Save out about half of the chocolate chips. Use a sharp knife to roughly chop the remaining chocolate, then fold it into the dough.
  8. Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes, or freeze for about 15 minutes.
  9. Use your hands to shape the dough into roughly 15 cookies (or 12 if you eat a lot of dough like me...)
  10. Place on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  11. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12-13 minutes, or until they have just started to brown on the edges.
  12. Once you remove them from the oven, immediately press the remaining chocolate chips into the tops of the cookies.
  13. Let cool on the pan for a few minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  14. Drink with lots of milk!

Source: slightly adapted from Amy’s book Healthier Chocolate Treats

Here are some other cookie recipes you will love no doubt!

Skinny Texas Cowboy Cookies << these cookies also have very little butter and no white flour! They have lots of fun mix-ins!

Skinny Texas Cowboy Cookies from The Food Charlatan


Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies <<one of the top recipes on my blog!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Edible Egg-Free Brown Butter Cookie Dough: <<< why bother baking when all you want is dough sometimes.

Edible Egg-free Brown Butter Cookie Dough from The Food Charlatan

Coconut Frosted Sugar Cookies with Strawberry Hearts: << these are perfectly cute for Valentine’s Day!

Coconut-Frosted Sugar Cookies with Strawberry Hearts

More healthy baked treats from my girls!

Best-Ever Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Heart Healthier Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies from Crazy fro Crust
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake from Food Faith Fitness





  1. says

    Oh my goodness. You made me laugh out loud reading this Karen. A grampa with abs. Ha ha. And the man crush. Oh man. I also think that is hysterical there is a diet like that. I am curious what it’s like now. Should i start hashtagging my recipes #danielcraig along with other diets like #paleo ?
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  2. Sarah says

    Daniel Craig is only 47. And he was only 40 when Casino Royale came out. Also, he has been my #1 undefeated celebrity crush for 7 years. Also, that is a totally worthy man crush Eric, you can be proud of your excellent taste. All that being said, I will continue eating cookies :-)

  3. says

    You’re so sweet Karen!! Thank you so much for your kind words about my cookbook — I’m truly touched! I feel so lucky to have met such an amazing friend like you through blogging. You make the cookies look even better than in my original photos — those melty chips have definitely grabbed my attention & my heart! ❤️😉 Miss you, lovely lady!!
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  4. Danielle says

    You are not wrong. Pierce Bronson was a waaaaay better James Bond. Daniel Craig isn’t even good-looking. I’ve had this argument with my husband more than once. He claims to not be able to tell if other men are good looking, but I’m pretty sure he also has a man crush on Danielle Craig.

    Oh, and I’m going to make these cookies this weekend.

  5. Jackie says

    These are AMAZING!! Just made these the other night , used a little less honey and added some maple syrup instead. LOVE these and your website!

  6. Hanna says

    I just made these and they’re FANTASTIC! These will definitely become a staple. I think the next time I bake them I will try butterscotch chips. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Eva says

    Do you need to use quick oats to make these, or will old fashioned do? Thanks! These cookies look amazing. I can’t wait to make some. ☺

  8. John Wenning says

    Your chocolate chip recipe looks delicious and very healthy. Can I substitute an all purpose gluten free flour for the whole wheat flour? Thanks!

  9. Meghna says

    I made these today, and found them to have a very strong cinnamon flavour. I would reduce the cinammon to 1/2 or 3/4 tsp.

    • says

      Or you could leave it out all together if cinnamon is not your thing! Thanks for the tip and heads up for other readers Meghna! I happen to love cinnamon so it was just right for me :)

  10. Kay says

    I wanted to love this recipe but its just too mych cinnamon.
    I doubled the recipe so I could take to a party and even then only added a scant 2 tsp cinnamon instead of 3. Even though I love cinnamon I thought it overwhelming and would probably not use just 1/4tsp per recipe if I make them again, and reduce the amount of honey. It was not as big of a hit at the party either :-(

  11. Andrea says

    Great tasting cookies, only they did come out too dry. Any suggestions? I did cut the cooking time down. Maybe I over mixed?

  12. Marcie says

    Wow, I just made these, substituted nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt for the butter and added just 1/4tsp of cinnamon and these are phenomenal! Will be baking them often!

  13. Elena says

    Hi. I just made these cookies tonight. They taste good but are a little dry so I probably messed up the flour although I did spoon & level it…?
    Anyway, my cookies did not flatten out during baking. Is that normal for these cookies?
    Thanks for the recipe. They definitely sooth a chocolate craving.

  14. says

    Hi! I’m planning on trying these today, but I only have all purpose flour! I know it defeats the whole healthy point, but would I use the same amount? Thanks! Can’t wait to try!

  15. Nadia says

    Hi there, can I omit the quick soars from this recipe? I don’t have any quick oats but would love to make these before my kiddos come home from school

    • says

      Hey Nadia! I wouldn’t omit the oats unless you plan to replace it with more flour. I’m not sure how much to tell you though, it would need some testing. Let me know if you try it out!

  16. Akanksha says

    Hi Karen! I loved the recipe. Haven’t tried it though but it’s seems so easy n quick to make. I just wanted to ask if I can substitute the egg as I’m a vegetarian? Thanks

    • says

      Hey Akanksha! I’ve never tried to make this without the eggs. You could try looking up some egg substitutes for cookies, I think sometimes people use flaxseed? You could also try pumpkin. But you will have to do some testing! I hope it works out!

  17. Raiz says

    I was searching the internet for “healthy chocolate chip cookies” and I came across your recipe. These cookies are amazing! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  18. Allison Hopkins says

    I made them with my kids and they lived them!so glad to have a sweet treat to give them that i dont feel guilty about I was wondering ​if you knew the calories, fat, carb and protein amounts, thanks!

    • says

      Hey Allison! I’m so glad you and the kiddos loved them. I don’t have any of the nutrition info though. You can plug it into a calculator online though! (That’s all I would be doing)

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