Chocolate M&M Cookies (100% whole grain, dairy-free)

Soft and chewy healthier 100% whole grain chocolate M&M cookies with a dairy-free option! With everything mixed in one bowl, they’re quick and easy!

100% Whole Grain Chocolate M&M Cookies made healthier with coconut oil and flaxseeds! |

In less than two weeks, I’ll be in the US. And I’m super excited about it! I haven’t been back to the US in three years and I desperately need a break from Germany. And I miss the food. I have a big long list of all the meals I want to eat while there. It will be… glorious.

100% Whole Grain Chocolate M&M Cookies with a dairy-free option! |

My first stop will be in New York City and New Jersey. I’m going to visit one of my best blogger friends, Miryam, bake a bunch of healthy goodies, and hopefully visit some NYC bakeries. Any recommendations? :)

Chocolate M&M Cookies made healthier with 100% whole grains, coconut oil, and flaxseeds! |

Before I go to the US and indulge in smoked brisket, steak, and Pizza Hut pepperoni pan pizzas (they’re not the same over here!), I have some cookies to share.

I saw some Chocolate M&M cookies on Dinners, Dishes and Desserts a few weeks ago, and since then I’ve been craving M&M cookies. They look absolutely perfect but I wanted a slightly healthified cookie, and I was just too lazy to mess around with the recipe. So I just used one of Miryam’s that I’d made before. It seemed fitting.

Healthier 100% Whole Grain Chocolate M&M Cookies |

I’ve tried making these with less sugar and they’re still tasty that way but they’re not as chewy and more cakey. I’m not down with cakey cookies and I bet you aren’t either. Use the sugar!

And they’re super easy to make. Just mix the wet stuff together with a spoon and add the dry ingredients. Fewer dishes = better, right? The only downside is that there aren’t any beaters to lick. Just a spoon. And when you have a spoon, it’s quite likely that you’ll just eat all the dough. Try not to do that because these are really awesome in baked form.

If you’re looking for something less processed than M&Ms, check out these Unreal Candy Coated Chocolates. They have no artificial ingredients, no hydrogenated oils, no corn syrup, no GMO’s and no preservatives. That’s pretty amazing, right?!

100% Whole Wheat Chocolate M&M Cookies

Rated 5.0 by 2 readers
Chocolate M&M Cookies (100% whole grain, dairy-free)
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  • Yield: 16 small cookies


  • 1/4 cup (56 grams) melted coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup (95 grams) coconut sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (65 grams) whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup (45 grams) quick oats1
  • 1/4 cup (20 grams) Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (90 grams) mini M&Ms or Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips for dairy-free


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat or a piece of parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the wet ingredients (coconut oil through vanilla extract). Add the remaining ingredients, except the M&Ms, and stir until combined.
  3. Drop teaspoon-sized dough balls, two inches apart, onto the cookie sheet, pat down slightly, and sprinkle the mini M&Ms on top.
  4. Bake for 8 minutes.
  5. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


  1. To make quick oats, pulse rolled traditional oats in a food processor or a blender for about 5 seconds.

Adapted from Double Chocolate Walnut and Flax Cookies - Eat Good 4 Life

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  • Rena says
    August 6, 2014 @ 11:29 pm

    Can these be made using honey instead of sugar? I made these and they came out amazing- just much thinner looking than yours, but still amazing. I would like to cut out sugar though so any ideas? Thanks!

    • Erin replies to Rena
      August 11, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

      I’m so sorry for my slow reply, Rena! You could definitely experiment with replacing some of sugar with honey but you’ll be adding moisture, which will make the cookies more cakey. And unfortunately, there’s not really any liquid you can cut back on. If yours came out thinner, try chilling the dough for 2 hours or so and see if that helps. I’m happy that they came out well for you and sorry again for my slow response!

  • Hiliary says
    August 7, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

    What can I use instead of coconut sugar?? I can’t find it!!

    • Erin replies to Hiliary
      August 7, 2013 @ 11:20 pm

      You can use unrefined sugar or regular white granulated sugar. :)

  • Baltic Maid says
    June 2, 2013 @ 1:51 am

    I just came back from Germany. It was overdue after 4 years, and it was a much needed break from the US… hahaha… And all the good food and bakeries in Germany… :-)

    • Erin replies to Baltic Maid
      June 2, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

      Hahaha. My comment could be your comment with the countries reversed. Nice to hear from you! I’ve definitely got to go check out what I’ve been missing the last few months. :)

  • Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} says
    May 29, 2013 @ 5:31 am

    I bet you are incredibly excited to come back to the US! We do have great food over here and it is funny what you crave. These cookies look fantastic and I love how you make them just a bit more healthy by adding the whole wheat! Enjoy your trip!!!

    • Erin replies to Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}
      May 31, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

      Thanks so much, Lisa! :) And yes… only a few more days and I’ll be in NYC eating pizza and baked goods! Yay. Can’t wait!

  • Suzanne
    May 27, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    I’m so glad you get to go to the US, 3 years away is way long, and I would have a list of food I was going to eat too! The cookies look terrific and I really want grab a few right now.

    • Erin replies to Suzanne
      May 28, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

      Happy I’m not alone on the food list thing! My parents think I’m being demanding but really… I *need* certain things. They just don’t understand. ;)

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says
    May 24, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    Oh yum, these look delicious! And YAY for your USA trip soon. So sad that I won’t be seeing you, but if you decide to make an unplanned stop in Tennessee, you better call me – you can come visit and meet the little one! =)

  • gwen says
    May 24, 2013 @ 5:36 am

    I love that you use whole wheat flour and coconut oil. Im gonna try with whole grain spelt flour. how about a more natural alternative to M&M’s? Unreal makes a candy coated chocolate ( at CVS or Duane Reade); so does Sunspire Sundrops ( at Whole foods) that have natural dye and less sugar. You can buy some at the mentioned stores to bring home.

    For bakeries in NYC: Stop by City Bakery’s BirdBath bakery for the bear claw or a cookie, also stop by Jacques Torres Chocolate to pick up his famous chocolate chunk cookie ( ask for it warmed up)

    Magnolia bakery has wonderful lemon bars and cake.
    Venieros bakery has ridiculous cheese cake, I think oldest bakery in NYC?

    have fun!

    • Erin replies to gwen
      May 26, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

      Thanks for the Unreal candy tip! They’re on my list.

      Those are some great recommendations. Thank you! Someone also mentioned the banana pudding at Magnolia so I’ll definitely be stopping there! The others are on my list, too. :)

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says
    May 24, 2013 @ 2:37 am

    Ah I am so jealous of your USA trip (although I shouldnt be since I was just there). I hope you have tons of fun! These cookies look incredible and these photos are awesome! :D

    • Erin replies to Carla @ Carlas Confections
      May 26, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

      Haha. What?! Don’t be jealous… just plan on going to BHF next year! ;) Oh and thanks for the photo comment. They’re the first that I’ve liked in a while!

  • Katie says
    May 24, 2013 @ 1:46 am

    These look yum! In New York you must go to Magnolia Bakery and try the banana pudding. It’s divine. So are the cakes and cupcakes.

    • Erin replies to Katie
      May 26, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

      I found it on the menu! Yay. Thanks for the suggestion… I’m definitely gonna try it. :)

  • Becca says
    May 23, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

    If you only go one place in NYC go to the Donut Plant (379 Grand St.). The Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is also wonderful. If you make it over to Brooklyn, Four and Twenty Blackbirds makes spectacular pie!

    • Erin replies to Becca
      May 23, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

      Thanks for the tips, Becca! They’re now all on the list. I love donuts so I definitely want to make it there!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
    May 23, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

    These are such fun cookies, I love the m&ms!

  • Linz says
    May 23, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

    Levain Bakery is a MUST!!!

    • Erin replies to Linz
      May 23, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

      It’s on the list! Thanks for the tip. :)

  • nurunnaharamily
    May 23, 2013 @ 6:56 pm


    • Erin replies to nurunnaharamily
      May 23, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

      Well I’m happy that you both enjoyed the cookies! Thanks for the feedback and rating. :)

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says
    May 23, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    OMG I love that these are whole wheat! They look so delish!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog says
    May 23, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

    That is so exciting, Erin! Momofuko is a must. Ooh, then there’s Levain Bakery. Oh, you’re going to have so much fun eating your way through the US. I’m excited for you. These cookies look so good. I love that you can see the whole grains.

    • Erin replies to Jennie @themessybakerblog
      May 23, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

      Yep! Definitely going there. I’ve heard SO much about it. And someone who likes that you can see the oats – yay! Thanks. :)

  • Charlotte Moore says
    May 23, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

    I need to try these and use nuts instead of M&Ms. They look great. I have everything to make them too.

    • Erin replies to Charlotte Moore
      May 23, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

      I hope you do try them and enjoy them! Let me know how it goes. :)

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says
    May 23, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    They look so thick and chewy! Way healthier than my version, I love that there are oats in there!

  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies says
    May 23, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    These cookies sound great! I love a healthier version of an old favorite

  • The Café Sucre Farine says
    May 23, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    I know you’ll have a wonderful time on your visit here! I remember being in Europe one summer and making a huge long list of all the things I would appreciate once I got back here. Now I’m longing for all the European things I miss! Your cookies look delish and so fun!

    • Erin replies to The Café Sucre Farine
      May 23, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

      Ooh, after only a summer?! Imagine 3 years. It is torture. ;) What are you longing for? Just curious.

  • Needful Things says
    May 23, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    I’ve rarely been able to make really good whole wheat cookies. Excited to give these a try – they look fantastic.

    • Erin replies to Needful Things
      May 23, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

      Good luck with these! I hope you’ll like them. Let me know how it goes! :)

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat says
    May 23, 2013 @ 3:33 am

    These cookies sound amazing! Love the fact that you use coconut oil and whole wheat flour. I’m sure they taste fantastic!

  • Becca from Cookie Jar Treats says
    May 23, 2013 @ 2:04 am

    Yay! It’s exciting you’ll be back in the US. I never went to any special bakeries when I was in New York, but I’ve heard a lot about momofuku milk bar and peanut butter company store (you can create your own types of peanut butter sandwiches)

    Anyways, these look really nice. And apparently when I was off at college my sister’s boyfriend made a lot of stuff with coconut oil, and there is still some leftover, so I’m going to be trying a recipe or two of yours that uses coconut oil soon :)

    • Erin replies to Becca from Cookie Jar Treats
      May 23, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

      Peanut butter company store?! Ooooh! That sounds yummy! And YAY! Which recipes are you going to try? Can’t wait! :)

  • Eat Good 4 Life says
    May 23, 2013 @ 1:42 am

    These look just awesome. I totally forgot about them :-) but you have reminded me. Your pictures look way way better than mine!! I can’t wait for you to get here and go to the NYC bakeries. We need to go to the DONUT place. Oh man, I think in the three days that you are going to be here I am going to gain 10lbs!!

    • Erin replies to Eat Good 4 Life
      May 23, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

      The donut place that someone else mentioned? Or is there another?! We can go to all of them. :)

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today says
    May 23, 2013 @ 12:53 am

    M7m’s cookies, are you serious. Why didn’t we do it the last time? Ok, I can’t say that I regret anything from our last meeting. Your cookies are great Erin! And your pasta and frozen yogurt as well.


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