Delicious & Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies
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I have recently been baking a lot and experimenting with different natural sweeteners such as agave nectar and date paste. This recipe is my own combination (and experimentation) of several recipes I found online, and I must say that the final product was absolutely delicious! These cookies are moist, sweet, chocolately but also super-healthy and satisfying. Perfect to pair with a cold glass of milk for an evening snack. Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups quick-cook old-fashioned oats 1 cup whole wheat flour (any kind) 1/4 cup flaxseed meal 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp sea salt 1 cup agave nectar (or you can substitute date paste or date syrup) 2 large egg whites 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used Whole Foods 365 Chunky) 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup flaked coconut 1 cup chocolate chips (I take my favorite milk chocolate bar and just chop it into little pieces)

Option: To make them really "chocolately", add in 1/3 cup cocoa powder with the dry ingredients!

Agave Nectar
Agave Nectar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, flaxseed meal, cinnamon baking powder and salt. In a smaller bowl, whisk together agave, egg whites, peanut butter and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and combine. Stir in coconut and chocolate chips.

Drop a rounded tablespoonful amount onto baking sheet. Using the back of a slightly dampened wooden spoon (or your fingers!), gently flatten each cookie dough ball into circle shapes. Bake 9 to 10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and then dig in!

I stored these in a bowl covered with a towel and they lasted for a full week-- staying nice and moist and fresh.