Healthier Monster Cookies

Healthier Monster Cookies are chewy, melty whole wheat cookies. Packed with mix-ins like m&m’s chocolate chips, peanut butter chocolate chips, and peanuts.

If you’ve tried Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies, then these Monster Cookies should definitely be the next Dessert Recipe you try. They take everything you love about whole wheat chocolate chip cookies and add extra crunchy ingredients to the dough!

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Looking for a new recipe that your kids will love but is also full of healthy ingredients? Look no further than these cookies! This great recipe is any cookie lovers dream. With an easy to follow recipe that bakes the perfect chewy and gooey cookies every time. If you love this recipe (which you totally will) be sure to check out Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies next.

Eating healthy can be a challenge. Especially for folks with a big sweet tooth. Luckily this healthy cookie recipe is here to help you out. You wouldn’t know by looking at them or tasting them, but these quick-baking cookies are packed full of nutritious ingredients.

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This recipe uses a combination of whole wheat flour and oat flour, instead of all-purpose flour. To make the oat flour, you just grind up old fashioned oats into powder. This is excellent because both whole wheat and oats provide nutrients and fiber that white flour doesn’t.

Apart from the flour, this recipe also uses unsweetened applesauce for part of the wet ingredients and less sugar than you’ll find in most Monster Cookies Recipes.

Healthier Monster Cookies



  • Mix-ins: There are so many easy add-ins to try the next time you make monster cookies. Try putting in other nuts besides peanuts, like chopped almonds or pecans. Put in peanut M&Ms, or try different kinds of chocolate chips. Instead of semi-sweet you can use milk chocolate, white chocolate, or even butterscotch chips.
  • Peanut Butter Monster Cookies: For a peanut butter cookie add a cup of peanut butter to the dough. Use a creamy peanut butter like Jif, a more natural peanut butter, or any other kind of nut butter you like.
  • Sugar alternatives: Instead of using white sugar you can replace it with coconut sugar. You can also swap the brown sugar for honey or maple syrup. But you may need to adjust the other ingredients in the dough so the cookies don’t come out runny.

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  • Serve: Monster Cookies can stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.
  • Store: Sealed Whole Wheat Monster Cookies can last in the fridge for a week.
  • Freeze: To make this Monster Cookies Recipe ahead of time, let them cool and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. When you’re ready to eat the Chocolate Chip Cookies let them defrost in the fridge before reheating them. You can also make the dough ahead and freeze it before baking the cookies.

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Healthier Monster Cookies

Healthier Monster Cookies are chewy, melty whole wheat cookies. Packed with mix-ins like m&m's chocolate chips, peanut butter chocolate chips, and peanuts.
Yield 18 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup M&M candies
  • 1/4 cup peanuts , chopped
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter chips


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add rolled oats to a food processor and grind until they're a fine powder.
  • In a stand mixer cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add in egg and vanilla until well combined.
  • Add in applesauce until smooth.
  • Sift together oat flour (your ground oats), whole-wheat flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Add to the stand mixer on the lowest setting until just combined.
  • Fold in the m&ms and chopped peanuts.
  • Place the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips in a small bowl and scoop 18 balls of dough (just shy of 2 tablespoons) onto a large plate.
  • Roll each ball of cookie dough in about 6 chocolate chip/peanut butter chips.
  • Refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes, 6 to a regular sized cookie sheet (bake in batches, keep cookie dough in refrigerator while other cookies are baking).


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a trained professional chef who has cooked for private clients for over a dozen years. Experienced in handling dietary restrictions, allergies and picky kid eaters, she's well versed in coming up with healthy, yet flavorful recipes.


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