Wheat-free Oatmeal Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chips and Walnuts

Oatmeal cookies are by far my favorite cookie… especially when they are a bit gooey in the middle.

This week, I decided to try to make a wheat-free oatmeal cookie.  Why wheat free?  Well, for one, many of my clients can’t tolerate wheat, it can be tough to digest.  And honestly, I think we ALL eat way too much wheat here in America.  Think about it?  Bread, pizza, bagels, pasta, crackers and cereals are HUGE wheat-based staples.  As a nutritionist, I believe variety is key to a nourishing and healthy diet.

I added a bit of dark chocolate to my cookies because my husband loves his chocolate and because dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and much healthier than milk chocolate.  Good enough reasons for me.

I like to chop up my chocolate chips a bit so I get lots of chocolate flakes mixed into the dough. It makes the cookies taste a bit more chocolate-y!

Walnuts, one of my favorite nuts, are one of the few plant sources of omega 3 fats, heart healthy fats, so I added a few walnuts too.   You see, I am trying very hard to jam pack these cookies with good nutrition.

And then I made my cookies with old-fashioned rolled oats (also healthy) and oat flour (Bob’s Red Mill makes a great quality product.)  BUT I have also made my own oat flour by grinding rolled oats in the food processor. {This is what to do if you are on a gluten free diet: use GF rolled oats for the recipe and also use them to blend your own oat flour.}  I like the way oat flour adds a subtle texture to my oatmeal cookies.

I mix up a batch of these cookies, cook one cookie sheet  full of cookies and freeze the rest of the dough for another day. That way, I limit how many cookies I eat (I do love these cookies).  Plus, cookies do taste best warm from the oven, right?

Wheat-free Oatmeal Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chips and Walnuts

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temp, {1 stick}
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup oat flour*
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats*
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, rough chop
  • *Use Gluten free rolled oats and make your own oat flour with the GF oats, if following a gluten free diet.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix butter and sugars until creamy.
  3. Blend in egg and vanilla.
  4. Add oat flour and baking soda
  5. Fold in oats, nuts and chocolate chips.
  6. Roll dough into small balls, about 1 1/2 inch in diameter.
  7. Bake for about 6 minutes--should be slightly gooey in middle but lightly browned on edges.
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*Use Gluten free rolled oats and make your own oat flour with the GF oats, if following a gluten free diet.