Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Dessert

These Chocolate Chunk Cookies Have One Seriously Nutritious Secret

These cookies aren't just sweet and satisfying. Thanks to one key ingredient, they're also filling and good for you.

Lock Icon

Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great perks.

Already have an Outside Account? Sign in

Outside+ Logo

All-Access
Intro Offer
$3.99 / month*

  • * A $500 value with everything in the Digital Plan plus 25+ benefits including:
  • Member-only content on all publications in the Outside network like Oxygen, Yoga Journal, Outside and more
  • Outside Learn, our new online education hub loaded with more than 2,000 videos across 450 lessons
  • More than 100 diet-specific meal plans
  • Extended member-only yoga pose library with how-to instruction
  • Annual subscription to Outside magazine**
Join Outside+
Clean Eating

Digital only
Intro Offer
$2.99 / month*

  • Access to all member-exclusive content on CleanEatingMag.com
Join Clean Eating

*Outside memberships are billed annually. **Print subscriptions available to U.S. residents only. You may cancel your membership at anytime, but no refunds will be issued for payments already made. Upon cancellation, you will have access to your membership through the end of your paid year. More Details

If you’ve ever wished that your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe was even more chocolatey and better for you, nutrition-wise, then we’ve got great news. We’ve come up with a recipe that offers big chunks of dark chocolate, sweet shredded coconut and a secret ingredient (well, not-so-secret!) that offers a heaping serving of vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and other must-have nutrients. Our Sunflower Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with sunflower seeds, and they’re both completely crave-worthy and good for you.

It’s the little sunflower seeds mixed into the batter of these cookies that make them so fantastic for you. While they aren’t a super common cookie ingredient, they are a wonderfully healthy – and nutrient-dense – addition. In just 1 ounce of sunflower seeds, you’ll get 37 percent of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin E and 32 percent of your daily selenium. Plus, these tiny seeds pack impressive amounts of folate, vitamin B6, copper, and zinc too. And, of course, you can’t overlook the brain-boosting flavanols that you’ll get from every chunk of dark chocolate.

Our Sunflower Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe makes 24 cookies in total, which sounds like a lot. But once you taste the combo of succulent chocolate and nutritious sunflower seeds, you’ll be glad you have so many. You can keep them handy for when those snack cravings hit, or enjoy them as a treat at the end of each day throughout the week. Either way, you might want to make more than one batch once you give these chocolatey cookies a taste!

For more chocolate-filled cookies and treats beyond the recipe below, try:

Sunflower Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Servings
24
Prep Time
15 min
Duration
30 min

Ingredients

  • 1 cup large flake oats
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 heaping tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1⁄2 tsp each sea salt and baking powder
  • 1⁄3 cup coconut oil, melted (at room temperature)
  • 1⁄2 cup sunflower butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1⁄3 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped dark chocolate (70% cacao or greater) + more for garnish
  • 1⁄2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut + more for garnish
  • 1⁄2 cup sunflower seeds, roasted and unsalted + more for garnish

Preparation

  1. Arrange oven racks in top and bottom thirds of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. To a food processor, add oats, almond flour, raw cacao powder, arrowroot, salt and baking powder. Pulse 10 to 15 times, until oats are broken up and ingredients are blended. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. To food processor, add coconut oil, sunflower butter, eggs, honey and vanilla and process for 20 seconds, until blended. Transfer wet ingredients to bowl with dry ingredients. Stir just until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  4. To mixture, add chocolate, shredded coconut and sunflower seeds; fold in, mixing just until evenly distributed.
  5. Drop batter onto prepared sheets, about 2 tbsp each, making 24 cookies. Press cookies down with the bottom of a glass (wet bottom of glass slightly to prevent sticking). Sprinkle a few chocolate chunks, shredded coconut and sunflower seeds on top of each cookie.
  6. Bake cookies in top and bottom thirds of oven, rotating and switching baking sheets halfway through, until golden and just starting to brown on edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely on sheets. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 cookie
  • Calories 189
  • Carbohydrate Content 12 g
  • Cholesterol Content 16 mg
  • Fat Content 14 g
  • Fiber Content 3 g
  • Protein Content 4 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 6 g
  • Sodium Content 78 mg
  • Sugar Content 6 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 5 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 3 g