Healthy Chocolate Cookies

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Yes, you read that title correctly. Healthy chocolate cookies- and they really are healthy! Let me tell you why… there is no butter. No white sugar, and only 1/2 C of brown sugar. They contain a mixture of white and whole wheat flour.

And you’ll never guess what the secret ingredients making these cookies healthy are.

Drumroll, please…

Avocados and honey!

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I really like this up-and-coming trend of using avocados in desserts, and the other day while browsing Trader Joe’s I saw that avocados were being advertised as “natures butter.” Immediately I got the idea to substitute avocados for butter in cookies. I love cookies, and I tend to go through more butter than Paula Dean on an average week, so I’m constantly looking for ways to cut back on butter and make healthier desserts.

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I chose to make chocolate cookies because I’m not a huge fan of avocados, and I wanted to mask the flavor a little bit. I don’t want the avocado flavor to be big and in your face. I also added a hefty teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons of milk. These also contain no eggs! With the honey, the batter was soft and thin enough, and by using cornstarch and whole wheat flour, we don’t need anything else to add chewiness. I used a combination of white and whole wheat flour. The first time I made these, I used all whole wheat flour, and the cookies were just a bit too dense and chewy. With the combination, the protein content is cut down, making the cookies softer.

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A few notes on texture: Because there are no eggs nor white sugar in this recipe, there is no spreading. To prevent these cookies from being tall mounds of cookies, you do need to flaten these cookies a bit after you roll them. Example here:

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With 3/4 C chocolate, 1 tsp vanilla, and 2 Tbs milk, you can hardly tell that these are anything but your average chocolate cookie full of butter and sugar. They’re sneakily healthy… which is honestly the best kind of healthy dessert. But because these cookies are so fudgy and dense, chilling the dough is MANDATORY. Chill for at least two hours before baking.

This is a fudgy, dense, cookie, perfect with a tall glass of milk.

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(Scroll to end of post for recipe!)

Want more cookies to bake?

Try my tried and true recipe for chocolate chip cookies…

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Or my S’mores cookies! 

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4.8 from 4 reviews
Healthy Chocolate Cookies
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Chocolate cookies that are sneakily healthy!
Ingredients
  • 1 small avocado
  • ¾ C honey
  • ½ C Brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 c flour (1 C whole wheat; 1 C white)
  • ¾ C cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbs milk
  • 1 and ½ C chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Slice and pit the avocado. Place into the bowl of a stand mixer with honey, sugar, and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flours, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and cornstarch. slowly mix into the wet ingredients.
  3. Add the chocolate chips.
  4. Let chill for 2-36 hours.
  5. roll into heaping tablespoon mounds. flatten slightly and press chocolate chips in top. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  6. Bake at 350˚F for 8-10 minutes. Let cool slightly on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

56 Comments on Healthy Chocolate Cookies

  1. nessa
    June 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm (4 years ago)

    Avocados in desserts are great! Really want to try this 🙂

    Reply
    • faithcatherine
      June 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm (4 years ago)

      Aren’t they Nessa? Let me know if you do!

      Reply
  2. bakerbynature
    June 12, 2013 at 8:08 pm (4 years ago)

    Anything with chocolate has my vote! The fact that they’re healthy is just an added perk!

    Reply
  3. Baker Bettie
    June 13, 2013 at 8:10 am (4 years ago)

    These look really rich and fudgy! I have actually made chocolate cookies with avocado before and they didn’t turn out well, but these look really good. I may need to try it again!

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    • faithcatherine
      June 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Bettie! I was honestly surprised when they came out well with only two tries because I had heard it was difficult to bake with avocado.

      Reply
  4. CateyLou
    June 13, 2013 at 8:46 am (4 years ago)

    Wow, I can’t believe these are healthy! They look so rich and decadent. Pinning this recipe to make for sure!

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    • faithcatherine
      June 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Catey! Let me know how they turn out when you make them!

      Reply
  5. cookingactress
    June 13, 2013 at 8:54 am (4 years ago)

    Ooooh these look SO fudgy and delicious!!! I’m guessing they taste much better than my ill fated brownies!

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  6. rebacox
    June 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm (4 years ago)

    These look so good… I get these odd cravings for avocados from time to time I wonder if this would hit the spot for it!

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  7. BruCrew Life
    June 14, 2013 at 10:54 pm (4 years ago)

    Great recipe!! I love using avocados in desserts!! They are even really good in smoothies! Honestly, you can’t even taste them!

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  8. Sally
    June 17, 2013 at 10:03 am (4 years ago)

    I am so intrigued! The avocado and honey are tempting me to give these a try. I love both avo and honey so much! And with chocolate too – so good!

    Reply
  9. Averie @ Averie Cooks
    June 22, 2013 at 8:43 am (4 years ago)

    Just pinned these! I make avocado chocolate ‘mousse’ and have use both honey and agave in it, and I know the flavors in these cookies would be incredible!

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  10. kristascookin
    June 22, 2013 at 10:12 am (4 years ago)

    These look great! What a fabulous idea to make such a decadent treat more healthful 🙂 Love it! This will be featured @ Great Idea Thursday’s 🙂 Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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  11. Lisa @ Cooking with Curls
    June 30, 2013 at 10:28 am (4 years ago)

    I make avocado brownies that I love, so these have to be great as well! I love healthy recipes 🙂

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  12. bethany
    June 30, 2013 at 5:03 pm (4 years ago)

    These look great! Can’t wait to try them!

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  13. Bethany the ngnrdgrl
    July 6, 2013 at 12:21 am (4 years ago)

    Wow! I am totally intrigued by these cookies! I am totally pinning this. I must try them.

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  14. Betsy Thornton
    July 7, 2013 at 7:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Do you know if these will freeze? I am looking for freezer friendly recipes for a new mom.

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    • faithcatherine
      July 7, 2013 at 8:17 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Betsy! These will definitely freeze well. You can freeze the sigh for when you want to bake just a few cookies, or you can freeze the already baked cookies. I would not freeze them for more than 3-4 months, but of course, let common sense be your guide. 🙂

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    • faithcatherine
      July 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Carrie, thanks for the pin! Let me know how it goes when you try it. Thanks for asking me to link up- I’ll go add the link now. 🙂

      Reply
  15. Kari
    July 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm (4 years ago)

    I made these with mostly Andes chips,and I think the mint addition is really good!

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    • faithcatherine
      July 20, 2013 at 10:12 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m sure it was amazing! Thanks for telling me how your cookies were, I’m glad you liked them and the recipe!

      Reply
  16. mkhobson13
    July 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm (4 years ago)

    I used mostly Andes chips, and the mint addition was really good.

    Reply
  17. Christine
    September 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm (4 years ago)

    I want to try these as my little son loves cookies so much, but want to make it healthier, but we don’t like honey, so I was wondering if would be possible to replace with just sugar? If so, what liquid ingredient I could use since I won’t be using honey? Thanks!

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    • faith
      September 5, 2013 at 9:41 am (4 years ago)

      I highly suggest using a different liquid sweetener (such as maple syrup, brown rice syrup, or agave) to keep the texture as close as possible to the original. I cannot 100% guarantee how the cookies will turn out with only using sugar. However, if you don’t have a liquid sweetener you like, I suggest using using 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white sugar. If you choose this, I suggest adding a 3rd tablespoon of milk to help thin the dough out a little more. Again, I can’t 100% guarantee that this method will work since I have never tried it, but that’s what I suggest. Be sure to let me know how they turn out, Christine!

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  18. Averie @ Averie Cooks
    September 5, 2013 at 8:52 am (4 years ago)

    Just about the only sweet I have not done with avo is cookies. Ive done muffins, mousse, cake, brownies, ice cream, smoothies – but never cookies. I need to. Beautiful job on these!

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    • faith
      September 5, 2013 at 9:31 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Averie!

      Reply
  19. Jen
    October 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm (4 years ago)

    Do you think that using gluten free baking flour will work for these? I would love to try these!

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    • faith
      October 16, 2013 at 10:18 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Jen, I’m honestly not sure, as I have never tried it. I have no experience with baking gluten free, as I’ve never had a need to. That being said, you are more than welcome to try! This website which featured my recipe recommends using almond flour and doubling the baking soda. I definitely recommend looking at this post for tips: http://www.delightandbe.com/be-nourished-5-awesome-healthy-cookie-recipes/ Please come back and tell me how they were- I’d love to know how they worked out for you. 🙂

      Reply
  20. Shouper
    November 3, 2013 at 10:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh my goodness! These were fantastic! I loved them and I was even more happy when my dad and my brother enjoyed them as much as I. Thank you so much for this recipe and I really appreciate how easy it is that you could make these vegan!

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    • faith
      November 3, 2013 at 11:51 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m so glad that you loved the cookies! I’m glad your family loved them as well- I love that my family loves these cookies too. Thanks for taking the time to give feedback!

      Reply
  21. Vanessa
    December 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm (3 years ago)

    How much would your one small avocado measure up to? 1/3 of a cup? 1/2 a cup? Thank you!

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    • faith
      December 17, 2013 at 10:15 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Vanessa! I’m not sure honestly, I’m sorry! The recipe I based this off of used one cup of butter so I would go with that, but I cannot guarantee the results. I’m sorry! I’d start with 1/2 cup and work from there to get the best results.

      Reply
  22. Mandy
    January 22, 2014 at 1:18 pm (3 years ago)

    By chocolate powder do you mean cocoa powder or like a chocolate protein powder or something else?

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    • faith
      January 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Mandy, thanks for asking! By chocolate powder, I mean cocoa powder that you use for baking. Sorry for the confusion! I’ve fixed my mistake in the recipe.

      Reply
  23. Kristen
    February 18, 2014 at 9:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Would these work if I replaced the sugar with something else? More honey or applesauce maybe? I want to make them for my toddler but don’t want them to have added sugar.

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    • faith
      February 18, 2014 at 10:14 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Kristin! I have tried these with using 1 cup of honey and no brown sugar, rather than 3/4 cup of honey and 1/4 cup of brown sugar. They did turn out, however the texture was very different and I did not enjoy them as much. But, if you don’t want to add any refined sugar at all, I recommend using 1 cup of honey and no refined sugar. I have not tried the recipe with applesauce so I cannot guarantee those results, but you are welcome to try! In addition, I recently posted a recipe for breakfast cookies that have no added sugar at all if you are concerned with sugar content.

      Reply
  24. Mary
    April 6, 2014 at 10:18 pm (3 years ago)

    I baked up a batch yesterday. As I let the first 6 cookies cool I went into the bedroom to complete a task and when I returned a couple of cookies were gone. I asked my husband if he’d eaten them and he said yes, and that he really liked the. I hadn’t told him about the avocado in the cookies, and when I did he was surprised, and then informed me it’s was a keeper recipe! And then he ate two more……..

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    • faith
      April 7, 2014 at 9:10 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks for the feedback Mary! I love that you and your husband loved them. The same thing happened with my family- they never knew until I told them 🙂

      Reply
  25. Bianca
    April 23, 2014 at 10:04 am (3 years ago)

    I’m planning on making these cookies tomorrow as I just snagged some cheap-ish avocados on sale in the supermarket! However, since I don’t really like too-sweet desserts, do you think can I reduce the honey to 1/2 cup and lower the sugar to 1/4 cup without affecting the texture too much? Thanks for the recipe!

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    • faith
      April 23, 2014 at 8:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Bianca, so glad you’re going to try these cookies!
      I can’t say for sure, because I haven’t ever tried that. I don’t think that lowering the sugar would affect texture too much, but I think the honey would since there will be less liquid ingredients.
      The first time I tried these cookies, I did it with 1 cup honey and no sugar at all- and the cookies texture was a little less fudgy, but were edible and didn’t taste bad. I found adding sugar made gave the cookies a better texture and taste. However, you may want to try that since you don’t like desserts that are too sweet.
      If you do change the sugar ratios, be sure to come back here and let me know how it was!

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  26. Donna
    April 24, 2014 at 3:44 pm (3 years ago)

    These cookies are so addictive. I love them and can’ stop eating them. Thank you soooo much for the recipe.

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    • faith
      April 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Donna! I’m glad you love them!

      Reply
  27. Lindsey
    June 26, 2014 at 8:06 pm (3 years ago)

    These look amazing! Just wanted to point out that brown sugar, labeled as “brown sugar” is just white sugar with molasses. Unless you meant natural sugar, which is also brown, this recipe unfortunately has white sugar.

    But still look amazing!

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    • faith
      June 27, 2014 at 11:17 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Lindsey! While I know that now, last year when I posted these I was still fairly new to recipe development and I don’t think I was quite aware. I know more about baking now but have left the post unedited because even though from a health perspective, the brown sugar doesn’t make a difference, from a taste and texture perceptive the brown sugar does make a difference.

      Reply
  28. Stacy
    September 18, 2014 at 11:46 pm (3 years ago)

    How many cookies does the recipe make? I’m planning to make it this weekend.

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    • faith
      September 19, 2014 at 6:38 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Stacy! Sorry for not responding to your comment sooner! Unfortunately I forgot to write down how many it makes, but I would assume around 2 dozen.

      Reply
      • Sara
        February 14, 2015 at 7:20 pm (2 years ago)

        dummy me forgot about the milk because it wasn’t in the instructions, only the list of ingredients! Will have to try again :/

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        • faith
          April 7, 2015 at 1:10 pm (2 years ago)

          I’m so sorry for that- thank you for pointing it out! I’ll go fix that now. (And I’m so sorry for not responding sooner!)

          Reply

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