Skinny Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chippers (Gluten Free)



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Wait until you taste these little cookies…They’re simply de-licious!!! Your kids will love them too! To make them gluten free, you need to use gluten free oats, otherwise old fashioned rolled oats work great. They’re healthier than most regular oatmeal chocolate chip cookies since they’re made with no white flour, all oats, just a little light butter and dark chocolate chips. Each cookie has 69 calories, 3 grams of fat and 3 Weight Watchers SmartPointsPerfect for a quick, super rich treat. Of course they’re not calorie free so just a few will do to satisfy a sweet craving. I like to store them in the freezer and eat them frozen. Pure yumminess!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 18-20 minutes


Ingredients

2 tablespoons light butter, melted (I used Smart Balance Light Butter and Canola Oil Blend or Smart Balance Light)

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats or gluten free oats, see shopping tips

1 (14 oz) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk

1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

1 cup dark chocolate chips, I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Parchment paper for baking, see shopping tips


Instructions

1. In a large bowl, add melted butter. Stir in remaining ingredients. Mix well to combine all ingredients.

2. Refrigerate batter for at least 30 minutes so it’s easier to handle. The batter is not your typical cookie batter.

3. To Bake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Using a tablespoon, scoop 1 level tablespoon for each cookie and add to pan. When scooped it creates a little blob of batter. You’ll need to squish each cookie together a bit.  It does hold together once baked.

4. Place both trays in oven. Bake for 10 minutes. Rotate trays and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown. Total bake time, 18-20 minutes. If you have batter left, bake remaining cookies.

5. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container or plastic bag. These cookies freeze great, too. In fact, my favorite way to eat them is frozen!

Makes 50 cookies total


Healthy Benefits

Rolled oats are very good for you. There is 25 years of clinical proof to show the soluble fiber in rolled oats can help lower cholesterol, which has wonderful benefits for the heart

Dark chocolate has less sugar and the most health benefits. Eating a small amount of dark chocolate is heart healthy. Dark chocolate, not milk or white chocolate, is a potent antioxidant and can help lower blood pressure.


Shopping Tips

I love Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips. Most supermarkets sell them or use your favorite dark chocolate baking chips.

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Rolled Oats are one of the brands available in many supermarkets and health food markets. There are other brands of gluten free rolled oats available.

Parchment paper is available in most supermarkets in the plastic wrap and foil aisle. It’s packaged the same. Target, Bed Bath and Beyond and Smart and Final also sell it.


Weight Watchers SmartPoints
3
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
2

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 skinny cookie
69 calories, 3g fat, 1g sat. fat, 2mg chol, 2g protein, 11g carb, 1g fiber, 15mg sodium, 6g sugar