These delicious, healthy oat cookies are perfect for a sweet, little snack anytime of day. This recipe is plant-based, gluten-free, oil-free and contains no refined-sugar making them suitable for most dietary needs.

Close-up overhead image of a healthy oat cookie with chocolate chips and raisins.

Ingredient Notes

Here are the main ingredients you’ll need to make these cookies:

  • Rolled Oats. You’ll need 2 cups total but will be blending half of them into oat flour. To make oat flour, simply add the rolled oats to a blender or food processor and blitz into flour.
  • Tahini. Tahini helps to bind the recipe and firm the cookies up. It also adds a wonderful nutty flavour and keeps the cookies nut-free! You can, however, replace the tahini with any nut or seed butter as long as it’s a drippy consistency and not too dry.
  • Flax Seeds. One Degree Flax Seeds are sold whole, which is actually ideal since they stay fresher longer that way. I blend about 1 cup at a time into ground flax and store them in the fridge.
  • Hemp Seeds. Hemp seeds are my favourite superfood. They’re packed with vitamin E, iron, antioxidants, omega-3 essential fatty acids and have anti-inflammatory properties. They’re optional but I would recommend using them to boost the nutrition of these cookies.
  • Maple syrup. The cookies get a little boost in natural sweetness from pure maple syrup. Maple syrup is an unrefined, natural sweetener that adds a beautiful flavour to baking recipes. 

In addition to the above, you’ll need some baking basics such as sea salt and baking soda as well as extra add-ins like raisins and chocolate chips.

Bowl of cookie dough with chocolate chips, raisins and hemp seeds added.
A white mixing bowl full of raw cookie dough.
A stack of vegan and gluten-free, healthy oat cookies sitting on brown paper with some raisins scattered around.

Healthy oat cookies sitting on a cooling rack.

For add-ins, I used raisins, hemp seeds and chocolate chips but the cookies can easily be customized to your preference or whatever you have available. Use any add-ins you choose, up to ¾ cup total.

Here are some yummy add-in ideas:

  • Dried cranberries
  • Chopped dates
  • Chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Shredded coconut
  • Chopped dark chocolate

You can mix-and-match or use just one. How about all chocolate chips, coconut and cranberries, dark chocolate and pecans or walnuts and raisins? Yum!

A stack of vegan and gluten-free, healthy oat cookies sitting on brown paper with some raisins scattered around.

These simple oat cookies with chocolate chips make the perfect sweet treat or snack and are loved by kids and adults alike.

Here are some more yummy cookies you might enjoy:

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Healthy Oat Cookies

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 14 mins
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
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Description

These simple oat cookies with chocolate chips make the perfect sweet treat or snack and are loved by kids and adults alike. 


Ingredients

  • 2 cups (200 g) rolled oats, half of them blended into oat flour (1 cup oat flour, 1 cup rolled oats)
  • 1 tbsp (7 g) ground flax
  • 4 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup (60 g) tahini (or another nut or seed butter of choice)
  • ¼ cup (80 g) maple syrup
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup dairy-free chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Mix the ground flax and water together in a medium to large-sized mixing bowl. 
  3. Blend half of the rolled oats into fine oat flour.
  4. Add the tahini and maple syrup to the flax mixture and whisk together until smooth.
  5. Add the rolled oats, oat flour, sea salt and baking powder to the mixing bowl with the wet ingredients.
  6. Fold in the hemp seeds, raisins and chocolate chips.
  7. Spray a baking tray with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper or a silicone baking-mat.
  8. Shape the dough into 12 equal-sized cookies and place on the baking tray. 
  9. Bake for 14 minutes. 
  10. Let the cookies cool on the pan for 5-10 minutes before handling then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before storing.
  11. Once cooled, the cookies can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 4 days, in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

  • The cookies will work with 2 cups rolled oats and no oat flour but are harder to form into cookies if you just use rolled oats.
  • The hemp seeds, raisins and chocolate chips can be substituted with any add-ins up to ¾ cups total. Cranberries, coconut and walnuts all work well as alternatives.
  • For a delicious twist, add 2 tsp orange zest and use cranberries instead of raisins.
  • For soft and chewy, low-fat oat cookies, the tahini can be replaced with ½ cup of unsweetened applesauce or ripe mashed banana.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by One Degree Organic Foods. Opinions are my own.