Looking for the best healthy Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies? Look no further! These delicious soft and chewy one-bowl cookies are vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. Made with flax eggs, coconut oil, oat flour, quick oats, chocolate chunks, cinnamon, maple syrup, and more; you won't believe how easy these plant based cookies are to make. You're going to want to bookmark this one!
All About These Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Flavor: These cookies have the BEST warm cinnamon-y flavor thanks to the maple syrup and cinnamon. The chunks of chocolate along with those warm spices give major comfort food vibes!
- Texture: These cookies have the most perfect soft and chewy texture thanks to the combination of the quick oats and rolled oats. Plus, I made this recipe to very specifically have those gorgeous melted chocolate chunks in every bite! May be showing my obsession here, but you look forward to every bite of these cookies with the feels so good biting in kind of texture. I worked long and hard to get this texture just right!
- Ease: These vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are so easy to make. You don't need anything fancy or special to make them. Grab a mixing bowl and a spoon and you're good to go! A beginner can easily master this recipe by following my detailed instructions below. These are EASY!
Frequently Asked Questions
These are! Since I've made this recipe vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free you really can't get a healthier version of an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie! But traditional chocolate chip cookies are full of sugar and butter, so any nutritional benefits are pretty much lost.
Most do, these don't! Oats are naturally gluten-free, but if you have a gluten allergy be sure that your oats are certified gluten-free since most oats are cross contaminated with gluten-containing grains like wheat, rye and barley.
Old fashioned rolled oats are the best for cookies. They bake nicely and give that perfect chew! For this recipe, I also add some quick oats for added texture.
To make these cookies, you will need the following ingredients. See the full recipe card at the end of this post for detailed amounts and instructions!
- Flaxseeds - We will be making flax eggs as our binder in this recipe. Flax eggs are made by combining flax meal (ground up flax seeds) and warm water. Let it sit for a few minutes and you will get a gel like consistency that is not only a great binder, but also extremely good for your health! You can buy packaged flax meal or choose to grind up your own flax seed. I just toss some flaxseeds into our NutriBullet for a few seconds and it works perfectly.
- Coconut oil - Melted coconut oil is our fat in this recipe, replacing the butter you find in traditional cookies.
- Maple syrup - Our sweetener of choice for these cookies! I love the full flavor that maple syrup gives to this batter. You can try honey or another sweetener if you prefer, but this is definitely my number one pick!
- Vanilla - Some vanilla extract for that great oatmeal cookie flavor!
- Cinnamon - Some cinnamon for that great oatmeal cookie flavor!
- Baking powder - To get that perfect rise.
- Salt - Just a bit to help bring out all of our flavors.
- Oats - We use both old fashioned rolled oats and quick oats in this recipe. The old fashioned oats we blend up into oat flour and leave a few whole, but the quick oats we leave whole to get that perfect chewy cookie!
- Chocolate - I love love love using dark chocolate chunks in these cookies! I always shoot for 70% and higher with as few ingredients and sugars as possible. My preference is to chop up a dark chocolate bar into chunks, but you can use chips if that is what you have on hand. Our favorite cleaner chocolate brands are Hu, Lily's, or Theo.
How to Make These Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
To make these cookies, simply:
- Make flax eggs.
In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons flax meal with 2 tablespoons warm water. Stir until combined and set aside.
- Make cookie mixture.
In a large mixing bowl combine add melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, quick oats, oat flour, whole oats, the flax mixture, and chocolate chunks. Stir until mixture is fully and thoroughly combined.
Using a 2 inch cookie scoop, scoop the cookie mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet leaving about 2 inches between each cookie.
Use your fingers to press any loose dough from scooping into the round shape of the cookie. Usually need to do this to the bottom of each cookie.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. I always like to sprinkle my warm cookies with a little bit of flaky sea salt! Totally optional though. Allow cookies to cool for about 10 minuets before serving or make ahead.
To store: These cookies are perfect to meal prep for the week or make ahead! Store them in an air-tight container for up to 7 days. I assure you they won't stick around for seven days though, ha.
To freeze: For best results, wrap the cookies in plastic wrap or a freezer bag and place in an air tight container before placing in the freezer. Can store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Let them come to room temperature (takes about 30 to 60 minutes) before serving.
Tips For the Perfect Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Give the flax eggs time to come together. This usually only takes about 5-10 minutes. You want them to be a jelly like.
- Make sure your dough is fully combined. You can't really overwork this dough, so don't be shy when it comes to combining your ingredients.
- Use a 2 inch cookie scoop. This gives your cookies the best uniform shape and makes it super easy to divvy up the dough.
- Mix up the additions. Change up the chocolate, add some chopped nuts, or even some coconut flakes!
- Change the sweetener. While maple syrup is my favorite for this recipe, you could also use honey or the sweetener of you choice in this recipe.
- Make them oatmeal raisin cookies! Instead of using chocolate, take the base of this recipe and add raisins, cranberries, or dried cherries for a healthy chewy oatmeal cookie.
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