A healthy little chocolate chip cookie that’s perfect for toddler snacks or lunch box treats. These Mini Chocolate Chip Snack Cookies are made in one bowl. They are nut-free, whole grain, and packed with nutritious ingredients like high-protein hemp seeds. The bite-sized cookies are vegan (dairy-free and egg-free) and easy to make gluten free too. Tiny cookies are so cute and kid-friendly, but you can also take this same recipe and make delicious regular-sized cookies as well.
Kids in the Kitchen:
- Measure: To make the baking process a little less stressful with young kids, measure some of the ingredients before you invite your little one over to help. Make sure to demonstrate how to make a measuring spoon “full and flat” by scraping the top with a straight finger so you don’t get too much or too little of the ingredient.
- Mix: Take turns stirring everything together!
- Top: Making small, uniform balls of cookie dough might be a little challenging for younger kids, but a good task for older ones. Kids of any age can help by placing a few chocolate chips on top of each ball of dough
Subs and Tips for making Mini Chocolate Chip Snack Cookies:
- Hemp seeds? Also know as hemp “hearts”, these little seeds are not as crunchy as most seeds and blend really well into anything. They are a nutritious powerhouse, adding lots of fiber, Omegas, and protein to any dish. For a simple way to use them, sprinkle them inside a PB&J sandwich.
- Gluten free: Use your favorite gluten-free flour blend (such as Bob’s Red Mill) to make this recipe completely gluten free.
- Oil: I like to use a melted refined coconut oil for this recipe because I think it tastes the best. However, you can use any oil or melted butter with good results. Just make sure you don’t use an oil that has a strong flavor.
- Sweetener: You can replace the maple syrup with honey if you’d prefer (just make sure not to serve to babies under 1). I like to use coconut sugar in this recipe but regular granulated sugar will work well too.
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Mini Chocolate Chips Snack Cookies
- 1/3 cup neutral (flavorless) oil or melted butter avocado, vegetable, or melted coconut oil*
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce any mashed fruit or puree works here
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp coconut sugar or granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp fine salt omit if using salted butter
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking (instant) oats see note for sub
- 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp whole wheat, all-purpose, or gluten-free flour
- 2 Tbsp ground flax seed (flax meal) or an extra tablespoon of flour
- 2 Tbsp hemp seeds (hemp hearts) or any very finely chopped nuts or seeds
- 3 Tbsp mini chocolate chips, divided
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper or spray lightly with oil/non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl, mix oil, maple syrup, vanilla, applesauce, and coconut sugar. Add the remaining ingredients, including only 2 tablespoons of the mini chocolate chips (the other tablespoon with be reserved to place on top of the cookies). Mix until everything in the bowl is combined.
- Use a teaspoon to make small balls of the dough then place them on the baking sheet. Top each ball of dough with a few mini chocolate chips then press down lightly to flatten the cookie.
- Bake until lightly golden around the edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool then store in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
- *I like the flavor (or lack of flavor) of refined coconut oil best in this recipe, but any of the oil/butter options above will work well.
- If you only have regular rolled oats, place them in a food processor or blender and pulse until they are broken down into smaller bits then measure a 1/2 cup.
- You can leave out the chocolate chips or replace them with any cookie additions you like (just make sure the mix-ins are small enough to fit into the mini cookies).
Great for Lunch Boxes and Snacks!!
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