The Little Epicurean

Dec 29 2011

Flourless Chocolate Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

We all make New Year’s resolutions about being healthier and eating better.  I can help you keep that promise with these surprisingly healthy cookies.  These cookies have it all–protein from peanut butter and pecans, fiber from oatmeal, antioxidants from the dark chocolate and they are super tasty.

During my tour of Theo Chocolate in Seattle, I learned that chocolate with at least 70% cocoa is considered a health food.  The darker the chocolate, the more antioxidants and flavonoids.  Antioxidants help fight the damaging effects of free radicals.  The body’s deficiency in antioxidants can lead to an increase in bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol).  Flavanoids have antioxidant like qualities as well as positive influences on vascular health like improving blood flow.   But the most important fact about chocolate is that it makes every one happy.

Not only are these oatmeal cookies good for you, they will cure your hunger and satisfy your sweet tooth.  Plus, these cookies are gluten-free.  Most gluten-free foods are dry, dense, and often flavorless.  These cookies are a great alternative.  You have to make sure you purchase Trader Joe’s Rolled Oats because they are packed in a gluten-free facility.  There has been some debate over whether oats are gluten free because of cross contamination found in some manufacturers.  Stick with the Trader Joe’s brand.

Be healthier this new year, swap out all purpose flour and and use oat flour (ground oatmeal) for your favorite cookie recipes.  Its a nice way to add fiber and whole grains into your diet.

I wish you all a very happy new year!

Print Recipe

Flourless Chocolate Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 26 large cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup Trader Joe's Rolled Oats, finely ground
  • 3 oz Theo 70% Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup pecans, lightly toasted and roughly chopped
  • 2 cup Trader Joe's Rolled Oats

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar, and sugar.  Beat until creamy.

3.  Add eggs one at a time.  Mix on low until combined.  Add vanilla, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  Mix well.

4.  Add peanut butter and mix on med speed until incorporated.

5.  Add finely ground oats, dark chocolate, pecans, and rolled oats.  Stir or fold in until well combined.

6.  Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough on a parchment lined sheet tray about 2 inches apart.  Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown around the edges.  Let cool in sheet tray for a couple minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

*Note:  The cookies will be very soft out the oven.  Do not over bake, otherwise cookies will not be as chewy.  Let cookies cool slightly on sheet tray until stable enough to transfer to cooling rack.

adapted from Trader Joe's Rolled Oats

5 Responses to “Flourless Chocolate Pecan Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. December 31, 2011
    2:43 am
    carin n says...

    They look delicious! Did I miss a print button? I’d love to print out the recipe. Thanks!

    • Hello! Thanks! Sorry, there’s no print button at this time. I’m still learning how to use this site and I’m not sure how to add the print button. :(

  2. January 29, 2012
    9:42 pm
    Anonymous says...

    I did this and they were really good cookies considering that it uses oats instead of flour cause I’m allergic to wheat! But mine came out a lot rounder than the pictures. I think I used to big of a cookie scope.

    • I used a standard ice cream scoop for the cookies. Next time, you could lightly flatten the cookies before baking to help it spread out :)

  3. February 5, 2013
    2:37 am
    Erin says...

    Seems like a lot of sugar but they look yummy!

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