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Heart-healthier chocolate oatmeal cookies

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Photo by Kim Klietz

When I saw this recipe for Heart Healthier Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies, I was immediately intrigued. I am always drawn toward dessert recipes that are a little bit healthier and when I saw the secret ingredient in these cookies, I had to give them a try. What makes these cookies heart healthy, is that they use mashed avocado instead of butter! I love avocado, but I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about putting it into cookie.

These cookies turned out great. You would have no idea that there is avocado in them. They have a slightly more cake-like texture and great flavor from the cinnamon. I used dark chocolate chips and dark chocolate cocoa powder which really added to the richness and I love the addition of the oats to give the cookies a bit of crunch.

Heart Healthier Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (recipe from Crazy for Crust)

½ cup mashed avocado (from about 1 medium avocado)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt, optional
1 cup quick-cooking oats
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup flour
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with silpat baking mats or parchment paper. (These cookies stick, even to the silicone, so if you are not using silicone, be sure to grease your pans.)

Note on mashing avocado: Place your avocado in a small bowl and mash with a potato masher, then measure out ½ cup. Alternately, if you’re worried about avocado lumps, you can puree the avocado in a food processor, then measure out ½ cup. One medium avocado is about ½ cup mashed.

Stir avocado and oil in a large bowl with a wooden spoon. Stir in both sugars. Add vanilla, egg, and cocoa and mix until smooth (there may be some lumps from the avocado). Stir in baking soda, salt, oats, and cinnamon. Carefully stir in flour. Dough will be wet.

At this point you can mix in the chocolate chips and/or walnuts if you’re using them. I pressed chocolate chips on the top of each cookie instead of mixing them in. Either way will work!

Drop dough by 2 tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Bake for about 8-10 minute (mine took 9). Cool before eating. You need to use a spatula to remove them from the cookie sheet, they will stick. Best within 2 days.