Starting A Healthy Lifestyle // Step 4 // Eat Cookies, Take a Nap-Plus-Oatmeal Raisin and Chocolate Cookies

Hello Friends!

Today is the LAST and final Step for the series:

To catch up on the previous Steps, check out the following links:

Where Do I Begin // A Healthier New You // A Happier New Year!

Step 1 // Start Small // Be Consistent

Step 2 // Fall In Love with Exercising

Step 3 // Be Prepared



Step 4 is titled:

Eat Cookies, Take A Nap

I’m going to keep this short and sweet…Stop Dieting.

The reason that I’ve been so successful in living a healthy lifestyle is because I’m made health a LIFESTYLE…Not a diet. I’ve done the non fat, fat free, no calories, low calories, sugar free, no carbs, bla bla stuff, and YES, you can loose weight this way. But seriously…Who wants to count calories the rest of their entire life?!?

Who wants to turn down a cookie every once in a while because it will over exceed your calorie limit for the day? Not I. Definitely not I! (Let’s point out I’m not saying everybody should take their bras off, grab a gallon of ice cream and go to town on a nightly basis…)

The thing that keeps living a healthy lifestyle do-able is that you allow your self to LIVE, Enjoy, Breath, and be Happy. Trust me…Happy people eat cookies.


80% of the time I eat really fresh wholesome foods, and the other 20% is foods that aren’t  ‘the healthiest’. Some days it’s 50/50. And when it’s that time of month well it’s… 0%/100%…

The point I’m trying to make is that if you are doing your best to eat wholesome foods on a daily basis, and you are exercising regularly, then eat a cookie every so often! Live a little.. 🙂

Now…How about a cookie recipe? It’s about time I posted a recipe on here right??


I’ve always loved healthier cookies, especially these! Perfect to cure those sweet cravings when you don’t feel like FULLY indulging :). Also, for those with kiddos, they are a much better choice than chips or candy to satisfy their taste buds! These cookies have oats, dark chocolate, raisins, coconut oil &  natural sugar! They are a chewy, but crumbly and delicious all at the same time!


4.3 from 3 reviews
Chewy & Crumbly Oatmeal Raisin and Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 2 c. oats*
  • 1 c. Oat Flour-from ground oats-May sub another flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ c. coconut oil, softened at room temp
  • ½ c. coconut sugar, can sub brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temp**
  • 1 TB. vanilla
  • (1-2 TB. milk if dough seems too dry)
  • ½ c. raisins
  • ½ c. dark chocolate chopped
  • *Can sub gluten Free Oats*
  • **Can use 2 flax eggs**
  1. Preheat Oven to 325.
  2. In a medium bowl add the dry ingredients; flour, oats, spices, and baking soda. (The flour is made by grounding 1 c. of oats in a food processor until it turns into flour. If you don't have a food processor or blender feel free to sub another flour, 1c.) Whisk the dry ingredients, and then set aside.
  3. In a mixer, beat together on low/med speed, oil and sugar for about 2-3 minutes. Next beat in eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and beat until just combined, do not overmix! (If the mixture seems to dry, add a few TB. of milk)
  5. Fold in the raisins and chocolate.
  6. Scoop cookies using an ice cream scoop onto a prepared baking sheet. Flatten cookies on top a little bit using your fingers.
  7. Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes.
  8. Remove carefully from pan immediately with a a flat spatula, and place cookies on a cooling rack to cool and harden.
  9. Enjoy!
  10. From the Diva Dish, xo


THANK YOU so much for allowing me to take time to post all about Starting to Live a Healthy Lifestyle! I’m always here if you need any tips, recipes, advice, etc.!

I have some great things planned for The Diva Dish this year, can’t wait for all the things to come!

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  1. These look delish! Could you sub the oil for sugar free applesauce? I happen to have 2 jars on hand left over from a Christmas recipe.

    • Hi Ashley!
      Honestly I don’t know, because i’ve never tried BUT I think it might work. Usually it’s best to only replace half the oil, but since it’s not a lot it might work. The only thing that might change is the texture :)!

  2. As soon as I saw this recipe I got a big time pregnancy craving for them so I made them tonight and was not disappointed! My whole family (husband and toddler) really enjoyed them as well and we kept sneaking cookies before dinner! I made them exactly as written using coconut sugar and eggs. Mixture wasn’t dry and the cookies held together perfectly.

    • Oh Meredith, this makes me SOOO happy!!! I love hearing this! I’m so glad that you and your cute family were able to enjoy the cookies! Thank you! xo

  3. New reader here. 🙂 Great advice and I CANNOT wait to try those cookies. Once I pick up a jar of coconut oil at the TJ’s there is no stopping me. Have a lovely day!

  4. Alexandra says:

    These sound yummy! Can’t wait to try making them on my next day off! 🙂

  5. Ari, I’ve been following your blog for quite awhile now and just love your attitude and love of life. Thanks for posting this delicious recipe! I love your outlook on health: it isn’t about counting calories or living in deprivation. It’s all about balance…and enjoying life (which is, of course, enjoying food, too)!
    I just started my own blog on my health and wellness journey, hoping to inspire others to embrace who they are and become happy and confident in themselves.
    Much love your way. xx

  6. These cookies look insane, and your girls are absolutely adorable!!

  7. Sarah Tracy says:

    These were soooo good! I am having an “off” day and completely dropped 1/2 C brown sugar on the floor….but the end result was well worth the troubles! lol I used regular all purpose flour and brown sugar. And mini choco chips. Those were the only changes I made. Next time maybe I will try it with the oat flour! Thank you!!

  8. I just found your blog! I’m glad it was today, I needed your words of encouragement. I had a bowl or cereal (honey bunches or oats) instead of my green smoothie today. I was feel’n a bit guilty! Thanks for being REAL! We have to live, and my bowl (s) of cereal did that for me today!

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