Dark Chocolate Chip Oat Bran Cookies

by Michelle on March 8, 2012

Charlie and I were at Trader Joe’s the other day and among our purchases was a big bag of oat bran. I’d never bought oat bran before, but since Heather uses it in these delightful blueberry bran muffins, I figured it was a good idea to have some on hand. Plus, I always enjoy baking with new grains. I wanted to make cookies today, so I started researching oat bran cookie recipes. I landed on this one from cdkitchen, and got out my baking bowls. I tweaked the recipe a bit, using white whole wheat flour and Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips. I also omitted the raisins and walnuts, though feel free to add a 1/2 cup of each if you so desire.

These cookies are delicious! The oat bran and brown sugar give them a nutty sweetness and the rolled oats lend a pleasing chewy texture. The batter also makes a ton of cookies if you scoop them out using a tablespoon. I made two dozen and then froze the rest of the batter for another day when I’m craving a sweet snack. Each cookie clocks in at just under 100 calories with 5 grams of fat,  so they aren’t super unhealthy either.

Dark Chocolate Chip Oat Bran Cookies (adapted from cdkitchen)

3/4 cup canola oil

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup rolled oats

1 1/2 cup oat bran

1 cup white whole wheat flour

/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup dark or bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add oats, oat bran, flour, salt, and soda. Stir to blend well. Add chocolate chips and nuts if you are using. Stir to blend evenly. Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. The cookies should not brown much. Remove to rack for cooling.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne March 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Chocolate cookies are officially on my mind. Thanks!


Lilia Sprague September 3, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Made these today, very good cookies! I’m reducing the amount of sugar next time, since I’m not into sweets that much.
Thanks so much, I’m a new follower 🙂


Michelle September 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Thanks Lilia! I am so glad you liked them. I need to make another batch too!


zen May 12, 2013 at 9:48 am

made these just now. I only used one cup of brown sugar and left out the white sugar. also only had 1 cup of oatmeal so used 1 cup oats and 2 cups oat bran. We had vegan chocochip so I threw those in. I made these alterations because its what we had but they are still so yummy!! thanks so much for sharing. 🙂 they are headed to the Persian Gulf for the husband who is having tummy troubles.


Michelle May 15, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Hi Zen! Your alterations sound delicious. I hope your hubby likes them too!


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Susan T January 15, 2014 at 11:15 am

I tried this recipe this morning with a few substitutions. I used 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1/2 cup vegetable oil and added 1/2 coconut to the recipe. Very tasty, I will use this recipe again.


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