Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies made with whole wheat flour, oats, chocolate chips, pecans, and shredded zucchini.

Did you know you can toss zucchini oatmeal cookies, throw in some chocolate chips, and have yourself one beautiful cookie that is full of veggies and whole grains?! Well, you can! It still has its share of sugar and butter but I like to think that the whole grain oats, whole wheat flour, and zucchini help add some nutrition to the ever popular chocolate chip cookie. I’m not going to pass these off as a breakfast or healthy cookie, but I sure don’t feel bad when my kids are eating dessert with vegetables hanging out in them.

I LOVE this recipe because it’s all the things you love about zucchini bread, mixed with everything you love about oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. You’ve got that lightness and moistness from the zucchini and the spices from classic zucchini bread and then you have that great texture from the oatmeal and the chocolate, because, well, chocolate. Chocolate chip zucchini cookies are a fun twist on a classic recipe, and one that I know you’ll be making over and over all zucchini season long!

This post is part of Zucchini Week here on Bless This Mess – a week dedicated to all things zucchini. Stay tuned all week long to get 5 new sweet and savory zucchini recipes.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Zucchini cookies made with whole wheat flour, oats, chocolate chips, pecans, and shredded zucchini.

Tips and Tricks for Making Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies:

  • All-purpose flour can be substituted for the whole wheat flour, though you’ll want to add an additional 1/4 cup.
  • I liked fewer chocolate chips (one cup) in this recipe so that you could still taste the nuts and cinnamon. Use the additional 1/2 cup if you like more chocolate.
  • Cook on a piece of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat so that they don’t stick to the pan.
  • I have not tried this recipe using coconut oil, but I have a suspicion that it would work just fine. The whole grains tend to do well with coconut oil.
  • No need to remove extra moisture from the zucchini; just toss it in.
  • If you are trying to hide the zucchini from your little people, peel it (no green) and grate it small so that the chunks aren’t as visible.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Zucchini cookies made with whole wheat flour, oats, chocolate chips, pecans, and shredded zucchini.
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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Description

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies made with whole wheat flour, oats, chocolate chips, and shredded zucchini.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a baking mat and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes (a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer work well for this).
  3. Add the egg and the vanilla and beat until well combined, about 1 minute.
  4. Add the cinnamon, baking soda, salt, flour, and oats. Stir well.
  5. Add the shredded zucchini, chocolate chips, and pecans. Stir well until the moisture of the zucchini brings the dough together.
  6. Using a cookie scoop, shape the dough into balls that are a heaping tablespoon. Place them on the prepared baking pans about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes until the centers are set and the edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for 5 minutes.
  8. Transfer to a wire baking rack to cool completely. Store extras in an air-tight container.

Notes

  • All-purpose flour can be substituted for the whole wheat flour though you’ll want to add an additional 1/4 cup.
  • I liked fewer chocolate chips (one cup) in this recipe so that you could still taste the nuts and cinnamon. Use the additional 1/2 cup if you like more chocolate.

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Zucchini cookies made with whole wheat flour, oats, chocolate chips, pecans, and shredded zucchini.
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Zucchini cookies made with whole wheat flour, oats, chocolate chips, pecans, and shredded zucchini.
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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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