Whole Grain Ginger Chunk Cookies

Do you love ginger? The sweet, spicy root is famous for adding zing to ginger snaps… or ginger ale… or even apple pie. While powdered ginger is the baking workhorse, candied ginger–juicy chunks of sweetened ginger root–holds a special place in my heart. Enough to create a cookie that is full of it: the Whole Grain Ginger Chunk Cookie (based loosely on my Cowboy Cookies in a Jar). 

Whole Grain Ginger Chunk Cookies

Whole Grain Ginger Chunk Cookies

If the taste isn’t enough to justify eating ginger, you may be happy to learn that this spice has anti-inflammatory properties. When one of my dancer hips starts to ache, I figure I’ll try eating my way to better health. Pass the cookies! 

Candied Ginger

Candied Ginger

Since I was doing this for my health (okay at least partly), I tried to make a cookie that was as nutritious as possible while still tasting like a cookie—whole wheat pastry flour, lower fat, etc. In my first version I used coconut oil and unsweetened coconut. “Is there coconut in here?” whined my youngest (derision filling her voice). So version number two has olive oil and grated carrots instead. Even healthier! 

Whole Grain Ginger Chunk Cookie Closeup

Whole Grain Ginger Chunk Cookie Closeup

I have made these cookies with and without chocolate chips. If you are a diehard ginger person like me, you can eat these straight. If you are a die-hard chocoholic, add some chips. As I tested I learned that people can be pretty polarized about a chocolate/ginger combo. Some of my testers felt the chocolate muddled the ginger; others felt it made the cookie. I enjoyed it both ways! 

Whole Grain Ginger Chunk Cookies, Stacked

Whole Grain Ginger Chunk Cookies, Stacked

Now if I could just get rid of the calories. 

 

Whole Grain Ginger Chunk Cookies
Serves 18
Full of whole grains and low in fat, these whole grain ginger chunk cookies are a tasty and healthy way to indulge. Chocolate chips optional.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
111 calories
17 g
10 g
4 g
2 g
1 g
31 g
43 g
6 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
31g
Servings
18
Amount Per Serving
Calories 111
Calories from Fat 35
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 10mg
3%
Sodium 43mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  2. • 1 cup rolled oats (quick or old fashioned)
  3. • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  4. • ½ teaspoon soda
  5. • ½ cup brown sugar
  6. • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. • 1/3 cup grated carrots (or coconut)
  8. • 1 egg
  9. • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  10. • ½ cup nuts
  11. • ½ cup candied ginger, chopped
  12. see notes for options
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, cinnamon and grated carrots in a mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat egg and olive oil until well mixed. Add to dry ingredients and mix with hands until dry ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. Blend nuts, ginger and chocolate chips (if using) into the cookie mixture using a kneading motion. The dough will be very dense but will lighten up while baking.
  4. Top a cookie sheet with parchment paper, or spray with non-stick spray. Form a rounded tablespoon of dough into a large ball then flatten slightly to a "hockey puck" shape. Place 3 across on the cookie sheet to allow for expansion
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until just starting to turn golden on edges.
  6. Cool completely before eating.
Notes
  1. If you'd like you can also add 1/2 cup chocolate chips. This will increase the calorie count slightly--as well as the number of cookies it makes.
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calories
111
fat
4g
protein
2g
carbs
17g
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12 thoughts on “Whole Grain Ginger Chunk Cookies

    1. Inger

      I used the 5 minute rolled oats, but anything other than steel cut oats should work (though I wouldn’t recommend instant). Yup, I once bought 25 lbs of steel cut oats thinking I could use them in granola–not realizing they were basically oat chunks that cooked very differently! So I ending up serving a lot of steel cut oats for breakfast that year! Thanks for asking; I have updated the recipe.

  1. Jo

    I’ve always been told that Ginger is really good for us, but this has led to an assumption that I can enjoy eating as many ginger cookies or ginger cake as I like :P. These cookies are a really good idea.

    1. Inger

      Isn’t crystallized ginger a wonderful thing David! I have made some of my own in the past and think I may need to try it again.

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