There’s a dramatic shift that happens toward the end of August. One day I’m packing for vacay and feeling free, and the next? I’m packing up lunch boxes and scrolling through a feed that’s somehow already full of pumpkins. Whether you’re sending littles off to school or your work schedule is ramping up, it’s a busy time of year for all. And after a summer full of YOLO-style eating, for many of us there’s an internal pull to return to those healthy habits that make us feel our best.
Enter: these healthy oatmeal cookies that are at once nourishing fuel and a delicious treat. They’re perfect for satisfying sweet cravings, and also for an on-the-go protein snack that won’t leave you crashing. When I’m juggling a million things, from school drop-offs to meetings to endless to-do lists—it feels good to know that I’ve meal prepped a recipe that checks all the boxes: flavor, nutrition, and a burst of energy that lasts.
Read on for exactly how to make these healthy oatmeal cookies—and why you should, STAT.
Meal Prep Magic
One of the best things about these healthy oatmeal cookies is how well they lend themselves to meal prepping for the week ahead. On Sunday, I love to mix up a big batch of these, then chill, scoop, and bake whenever we need a cookie.
Or, you can roll the chilled dough into balls, spread out on a parchment-lined plate in the freezer, and then when they’re set, pop into a Ziploc bag and store in the freezer for up to a month. You can bake them straight from the freezer—just add a few minutes to the total cook time.
Packed With Nutrients
Sure, these have some sugar and butter, but when I’m creating “healthy” snacks for my kids, I’m really looking at whether or not they have wholesome ingredients that’ll give them lasting energy throughout the day. These have a relatively small amount of sugar, and get an additional burst of sweetness from raisins and dark chocolate. Whole-wheat flour and old-fashioned oats provide complex carbs for a slower energy burn, and coconut flakes and walnuts give healthy fats to keep them feeling satisfied longer.
How to Make These Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
I’m a big fan of one-bowl cookie recipes, because again: we’re saving time and keeping it simple.
- First, combine your egg, coconut oil/butter, sugars, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda in a stand mixer.
- Add the raisins, dark chocolate, walnuts, coconut, and oats. Mix together then chill for an hour.
- You can either bake them off immediately, store in the fridge for up to a week, or roll into balls and freeze for up to a month.
These could not be simpler!
Conquer Back-To-Routine Season With These Healthy Oatmeal Cookies!
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