Soft Baked Zucchini Oat Cookies
Perfectly chewy and gooey, these Soft Baked Zucchini Oat Cookies are filled with healthy goodness like almond flour, banana, walnuts, and zucchini of course! All those good for you ingredients are topped with melt in your mouth dark chocolate. These cookies won’t last long!
Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorite cookies. Zucchini bread, well it’s absolutely delicious! My kids love both, so I decided, a combination of the two had to be tasty!
Guess what? It is so tasty!
My family loved these Soft Baked Zucchini Oat Cookies, which couldn’t make me happier cause while they are super tasty these cookies are filled with healthy ingredients.
The base of the cookie is oatmeal and almond flour.
I chose almond flour because it’s gluten free. Lately, we’ve been trying to incorporate less wheat into our family diet and add healthier beneficial foods instead. Almond flour is a great alternative to wheat flour because you can use it in exactly the same way. Almond flour is also known as almond meal because all it is is ground almonds, which is just wonderful because so many foods have additives. It’s always refreshing to find products that are just real food.
What I love most about almond flour is that you get all the benefits of almonds but you’re enjoying a cookie, cupcake, muffin or bread. Now, your baked goods are low in carbohydrates and high in fiber and protein. So, when you little ones quickly devour that chocolate muffin they won’t have that sugar high or crash because they’ve balanced it out with a treat full of fiber and protein.
As I mentioned these zucchini cookies also have oatmeal, so you’re getting a double dose of fiber!
I chose coconut sugar, instead of brown sugar, for the sweetener. This was actually my first time trying coconut sugar. You can use it exactly in the same way as you would brown sugar. I really liked the overall sweetness it added to the cookie. I decided to give coconut sugar a try because I’ve seen it at the store and in recipes online. I’ve read that as opposed to granulated sugar, coconut sugar has small amounts of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. It also contains the fiber inulin which can slow glucose absorption and help boost the immune system.
And to top it all off by adding banana and zucchini you’re also getting some of your fruit and vegetable servings for the day. Baking with zucchini is just about the only way my boys will eat it, that or adding it to a smoothie.
I’ve tried roasting, grilling, sautéing and steaming, but my youngest (he’s 3) won’t eat “keeney” as he calls it. He was even nervous about eating these cookies, but after I reminded him that he loves zucchini in his pancakes and in muffins, he decided to give them at try. After all, he could see the melty chocolate chips on top, so they’re pretty hard to resist. And despite the “keeney” he loved these soft baked cookies!
Soft Baked Zucchini Oat Cookies didn’t last long in my house. We all really enjoyed these hearty, chocolaty, gooey cookies. I love experimenting with all different types of food. I especially enjoy it when my kids get so excited to eat healthy foods.
These cookies brought giant smiles to my kids’ little faces and left a bit of chocolate behind.
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