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Chocolatey and chunky, these vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are quick and easy to make. They are packed with healthy oats, warm cinnamon, and delicious dark chocolate chips. This healthy cookie recipe is made with one bowl and it’s dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free. You can have a batch of freshly baked cookies in less than 30 minutes!
I believe you can enjoy dessert and still focus on your health and weight loss. I love healthy desserts so much that I even have chocolate avocado pudding and mint chocolate pots de creme! But when I’ve got a craving for a good old-fashioned cookie, these vegan chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are the best.
I love how easy they are to make and bake. I also love that my cookie recipe has oats and oat flour which makes them healthier and more satisfying than a flour-based cookie. My one-bowl cookie recipe is refined sugar-free and has less sugar than many other vegan oatmeal cookie recipes. I think it’s the perfect cookie – healthy, low-fat, and loaded with rich dark chocolate!
INGREDIENTS & SUBSTITUTIONS
Oat flour: You can grind your own oat flour by simply placing oats into a blender or food processor and pulsing until you have a flour-like consistency. Most oats are gluten-free, however, If you follow a gluten-free diet, make sure they are in fact gluten-free.
Oats: These vegan oatmeal cookies use old-fashioned oats.
Molasses: This will give your healthy cookies their sweetness since we are not using refined sugar. Molasses will also help create a moist texture and give the cookies that unique delicious flavor. You can substitute maple syrup or date syrup.
Dark chocolate chips: Fold in your favorite dark chocolate chips or chunks. Make sure they are vegan in order to make these cookies dairy-free.
Hemp seeds: Hemp seeds are rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids. They are also a great protein source and contain high amounts of vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc. You can substitute them with chia seeds or flax seeds.
Baking powder: Baking powder helps leaven the cookie dough. I recommend getting aluminum-free baking powder.
Cinnamon: This healthy spice goes well with oats, adds a warm flavor, and may help regulate blood sugar.
Cloves: Cloves are warmer and sweeter than cinnamon and make a delicious addition to this vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe, but you can omit it if you don’t have any on hand.
Unsweetened applesauce: The addition of applesauce will help bind the cookies, add moisture, and give them a nice crispy texture.
Chopped nuts: Of course, nuts are optional, but I think they add great texture and nutrients!
Salt: A dash of salt enhances the overall flavor.
HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL COOKIES VEGAN
It’s so easy! These chocolate chip oat cookies are naturally vegan since I’m not using eggs or milk.
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- STEP 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- STEP 2: In a bowl, combine oats, oat flour, hemp seeds, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Stir until well combined. Add applesauce, molasses, chocolate chips, and nuts (if using). Stir until well combined.
- STEP 3: Spoon 1 to 1 1/2 Tbsp of dough onto baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool on baking sheet for a minute. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
- STEP 4: Enjoy!
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FAQ’S & TIPS
ARE OATMEAL COOKIES GLUTEN-FREE?
Since these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are made with oat flour they are naturally gluten-free. Most oats are gluten-free, but be sure to read the label and double-check.
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST VEGAN OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Use old-fashioned oats or rolled oats instead of quick oats or steel-cut oats. They give a great texture and fiber to make this a chewy vegan oatmeal cookie.
How to make oat flour: Measure oats. Be sure to measure out more oats than the recipe calls for. Once you turn them into flour, they settle and you generally end up with about 3/4 of the volume of oats that you began with. Pulse for 30 seconds or until the oats reach a fine, powdery consistency. They should look a lot like traditional, all-purpose flour.
How to make a chewier oatmeal cookie: You alter the recipe by adding 3/4 cup oat flour and 1/4 cup oats. It’s still the same amount of oats, so it will be the same amount of calories. However, the texture of the cookie will be softer and chewier. You can see the difference in the picture below.
Optional Add-ins: You could add coconut flakes, peanut butter chips, or raisins. Use your imagination and let us know what you come up with!
HOW MANY CALORIES ARE IN VEGAN OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES?
These healthy vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are only 63 calories! Compared to a regular chocolate chip cookie that has about 130 calories, these cookies will save you 67 calories.
ARE VEGAN COOKIES HEALTHIER?
These chewy vegan chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are! I have omitted eggs and dairy milk – so no cholesterol. I also eliminated refined sugar and flour.
I added molasses which is a good source of iron, selenium, copper, and calcium. Plus I added hemp seeds for protein, magnesium, iron, zinc, and good omegas for improving heart health and joint pain.
Did I mention oats? These simple vegan chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are made with oats instead of white flour. That means they are loaded with important vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Oats are also higher in protein than most other grains.
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER OATMEAL COOKIES
You can store leftover cookies at room temperature in a sealed container for 3-4 days.
I like these vegan cookies most when they are fresh. They have a crispy outside, but over time they become softer and moister, but I’m not telling you to eat them all in one day!
If you want to keep your oatmeal chocolate chip cookies longer, place the raw (pre-baked) cookies in a sealed freezer bag. I like separating the cookies with parchment paper to prevent sticking. When you are ready to enjoy them, allow the dough to come to room temperature and bake according to the directions.
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MORE VEGAN COOKIES
I hope you enjoy your vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! Please come back and try these other vegan cookies soon.
- Best Ever Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
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- Healthy Snowball Cookies
- The Best Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
- Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Simple Vegan Cookie Recipe
Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats gluten-free
- 1/2 cup oat flour gluten-free
- 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- pinch salt
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 Tbsp molasses
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips non-dairy
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, combine oats, oat flour, hemp seeds, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Stir until well combined. Add applesauce, maple syrup, chocolate chips and nuts (if using). Stir until well combined.
- Spoon 1 to 1 1/2 Tbsp of dough onto baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool on baking sheet for a minute. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
- How to measure oats: Do not pack the oats. Gently scoop or spoon the oats into your measuring cup, otherwise, your cookies won’t spread.
- How to store leftover cookies: Store your leftover cookies in a sealed container at room temperature for 3-5 days.
- How to freeze leftover cookies: Place the pre-baked cookies inside a tightly sealed freezer bag. Let the cookie dough come to room temperature before baking.
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