These healthy, easy vegan 3-ingredient oatmeal cookies are made with rolled oats, sunflower seed butter and maple syrup. That’s it! This recipe is vegan, nut-free, gluten-free, refined sugar and oil-free.

Healthy Easy Vegan 3-Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies Recipe - Running on Real Food

Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookie Recipe - Running on Real Food

3-Ingredient Cookie Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make these:

  1. Rolled oats. Look for rolled oats, large flake oats or old fashioned oats. I wouldn’t recommend quick oats or minute oats but they’ll work in a pinch.
  2. Sunflower seed butter. I used delicious, creamy sunflower seed butter but you can substitute that with tahini, almond butter or peanut butter. Just make sure whatever you use is fairly drippy and not too dry. Use sunflower seed butter or tahini for a nut-free oatmeal cookie.
  3. Pure maple syrup. Good quality maple syrup has the most amazing flavor ever. You can use dark, medium, amber…any kind works as long as it’s pure maple syrup.

Kitchen Tools Needed

The only kitchen tools you’ll need to make these are measuring cups, a mixing bowl, spoon and baking tray. If you have a kitchen scale, I always recommend using one and following the measurements I provide in the recipe. Kitchen scales make accurate, easy work of recipes. You can grab one on Amazon for about 10 bucks.

Easy Vegan Oatmeal Cookie Recipe - Oil-free and Gluten-Free - Running on Real Food

Healthy Vegan Oatmeal Cookies with just 3-Ingredients - Running on Real Food

3-Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies with Maple Syrup and Sunflower Seed Butter

Easy Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

The best thing about these cookies? You’ll need just 3-ingredients, a couple of minutes to mix up the cookie dough and 15 minutes of baking time to make them. They have a lovely crispy texture on the outside but they’re a little ooey and gooey on the side. Grab a couple for a quick snack, healthy dessert or anytime you feel like a little something sweet.

I kept mine simple but feel free to mix in some chocolate chips, raisins or walnuts. And I’d recommend adding the pinch of sea salt, it’s so good with the sweet maple syrup.

More Easy Cookie Recipes

Loving these healthy oatmeal cookies? Try these ones too:

Vegan Tahini Date Cookies // Flourless Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies // Healthy Pumpkin Oat Cookies // Vegan Turmeric Carrot Oatmeal Cookies // Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies // Healthy Oat Cookies

These easy baked banana oatmeal cups are awesome too!

Healthy Easy Vegan 3-Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies Recipe - Running on Real Food

Vegan 3-Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free

Make these easy, healthy cookies when you need a sweet treat asap. All you need is one bowl, 20 minutes and 3-ingredients. They’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside with delicious maple flavour.



Optional Add-Ins


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking tray.
  2. Mix the ingredients together in a mixing bowl until they form a dough. The dough will be very sticky, that’s ok. If it seems to dry, add a bit more nut butter, if it seems to wet, add a bit more oats, we’re looking for a sticky cookie dough consistency.
  3. Use wet hands to drop the dough into 9 equal-sized cookies on the baking sheet. I left them in little mounds but you can press them down a bit if you like.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes then allow to cool before handling.
  5. Store at room temperature for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


You can sub tahini, almond butter or peanut butter for the sunflower seed butter as long as it’s fairly drippy and not too dry.

Keywords: oil-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, healthy, quick