Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

 This post has THREE cookie dough pictures because COOKIE DOUGH<3.

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I had a terrible day Friday.  I got a speeding ticket while driving to a gyno appointment.  So lame.  I was going 10mph over the speed limit on the freeway.  You know, just moving with the flow of traffic.  There were 3 cars ahead of me and 2 cars behind me going the exact same speed.  I thought I was going to make it through the whole ordeal without crying…that didn’t happen.  I’ve only been pulled over one other time.  I was 18 and I rolled through a stop sign in my neighborhood.  That cop was awesome.  I was balling because that’s how I handle things and he was like, “If you keep crying I’ll give you a ticket!”  He let me go without a ticket even though I was crying my eyes out.

Andrew got home from work Friday and then I had a cry fest because sometimes I just can’t even deal.  And then I made cookies.  And then stir-fry.  It was all backwards but it worked.

So obvi Friday was a cookie day.  And now Monday is a cookie day.  Yay us.

Healthy Oatmeal CookiesThese cookies are doughy and dense without being dry or bready.  The flavor reminds me of cookie dough.  I know cookies are made out of cookie dough so they should taste similar, but these cookies taste like break-n-bake cookie dough.  They’re fab.  Or at least that’s what I thought. 

I think it’s the baking soda.  I have this weird love for baking soda.  It makes things taste like cookie dough or cake batter.  So delish.

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I made these cookies and then realized they were vegan.  A happy coincidence.  I add chocolate chunks or chocolate chips or some form of chocolate to pretty much all my cookies (like these or these), so it boggles my mind that I didn’t toss a couple handfuls of chocolate chips into the batter. 

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Unlike my favorite cookie type (i.e. ooey and gooey), these cookies are completely cooked through.  My cookie rule goes like this: If it’s a chocolate chip, sugar or snickerdoodle cookie, they’ve gotta be gooey.  But if they’re oatmeal cookies, a little more hearty, wholesome, and non-gooey is totally acceptable.  And cookies get bonus points if they’re cute, little and chubby. 

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Speaking of cute, little, chubby things.  This weekend Andrew and I went up to Dallas for Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival.  Andrew has family that lives in Dallas and we got to meet his cousin’s new baby girl.  I haven’t held a 3 week old baby probably since my little sister was born 18 years ago.  It made me want to have a baby even more.  And at the same time made me want to wait a couple more years to have a baby.  Does that make sense?

If you have cuddly kiddos running around, I think these would be the perfect addition to lunchboxes.  I know they will be in my lunchbox this week.

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Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: makes a dozen cute, chubby lil' cookies


1 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup oat flour, spooned into measuring cup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup
3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup raisins, packed


Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a bowl combine all ingredients. Roll into 12 small balls and slightly press flat (they won't spread, but you want them to be thick cookies so they don't get dry!). Bake 9 minutes. The bottom of the cookies should be just turning golden brown...don't over cook.

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Add chocolate chips. I would totally support that.


  1. I love that you have a thing for baking soda… oh and that cop– nice that he let you off but who tells a girl to stop crying like that, sheesh.

  2. I am also the one who cries whenever I get pulled over, in stressful situations, etc. These look healthy enough to pack 2 in my lunch and be a happy camper at work!

  3. Aww, poor you! It’s okay to cry at times like that. I know I would!

    As for the cookies, they look great! Actually, they are a lot like the basic cookies I make whenever I need to get baking to get my mind of things. Only you have added applesauce. Which I think would be a lovely addition, so I’m going to try that out as soon as I have eaten today’s batch of cookies. (Which will probably not last that long, two, three days, maybe… Oh, dear, I’m cookie addicted…)

  4. I am sorry about your not-so-good day :( But cookies definitely make everything better, right?? :)

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  6. That’s exactly how I would handle a traffic ticket too. It’s inevitable that the water works will come either during or immediately after the ordeal. Most likely before the ordeal even heats up though.
    Mmmmm I ♥ oatmeal cookies. And as much as I love gooey and chewy also, you’re right— oatmeal cookies can be chubby and cooked through :)

  7. yum! this looks simply amazing!

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  9. Great cookies! I didn’t have any applesauce, so I wung (winged?) it and cut up some apples, microwaved them until mushy, then whirled them in the Nutribullet for consistency. These are nice because they don’t spread out.

    Very tasty, substantial cookies. And not even bad for you! I will advise that you use “good” plump raisins if you can get them; I think the small, hard ones from those little individual boxes won’t cut it, unless you plump them in non-dairy milk or water first.

    Glad I found this website!

  10. Oh thank goodness!  I made these a few weeks ago, and they were all gone by breakfast the next morning.  I wrote down the recipe on an index card… and then lost the index card… so naturally I was in a panic trying to find this recipe again.  I was short on maple syrup, so I substituted molasses and a little brown sugar, and used dried cranberries instead of raisins.  Like I said – they practically flew off the plate!  They were satisfying without being too sweet.
    P.S.  I may or may not be making a double batch this time around.

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  12. These is a great recipe, but this is what I would suggest it need a binder so I added 2 flax eggs and since I added that I added a handful extra flour and 1/2 cup oatmeal also went with both raisons and chocolate chips lol yum 
    Thank you 

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  15. I just made these and instead of raisins I used fresh chopped cranberries (for some holiday color) and then chopped some whole almonds and added those too in big chunks.  They are absolutely delicious and seem a little “Holiday Fancy” if you know what I mean.  I’ll be giving them out to my Zumba students after I teach tonight – healthy yet yummy!  Perfect!  And I’m with you… if I were making these just for myself I’d add those vegan chocolate chips!

  16. I am not vegan. I tried this recipe because I did not have eggs or milk… and let me tell you: those are HEAVEN. Perfection till the last bite. It is the most delicious cookies that I ever had in my life. 
    Happy to find a worthy website!

  17. Thanks for the recipe. The flavour was nice, but I found them quite salty. I think I’d only use 1/4 tsp salt.

  18. These had a nice consistency, but didn’t taste sweet at all! This makes more of a oaty bread, I’d recommend adding a 4th cup or so of brown sugar!

  19. Thank you! They were sooooo delectable. I added bits of dark chocolate instead of raisins, and it was seriously love at first bite. If I were to make them again, I would probably add less salt, but other than that…these were perfection.

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  21. Just made these! Wow! Such simple ingredients, that I always have on hand, made these absolutely delicious cookies! I will certainly be making these a weekly cookie in our house…and of course I added dark chocolate chunks instead of raisins..because I add dark chocolate to just about everything as well. 

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  23. I’ve been looking for a simple oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe for awhile, and have played with different recipes I found online.  I was about to just come up with my own variation, when I saw this recipe.  It turned out FANTASTIC, although I did fandanlgle it a bit, using ingredients I have found in one of my favorite oatmeal cookies from Erewhon (a health market in CA).  
    I added: 2 T organic light brown sugar (along with the recipe’s ingredient of maple syrup), reduced the cinnamon to just a pinch, added 3 T flaked coconut, 2 T tapioca (for chewiness), 2 tsp vanilla, and chocolate chips and NO raisins (I am not a fan of raisins in cookies).  They turned out great!  The best cookies I have made thus far, in the oatmeal variety!  Next time, I will reduce the salt just a bit, to maybe 1/4 tsp or a hair more.  I love salty/sweet and they were very good as is, just a touch salty (for my tastes).

  24. Oh, and I just remembered, I didn’t add the applesauce as I didn’t have any and then forgot about it.  The cookies still turned out amazingly well.  I may have added a splash of nut milk but I can’t recall.  I will have to make these again so I can nail down my own tweaks of this lovely recipe!

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  27. Your blog is so cute… I love this cookie recipe.  Thanks for making the net a happier place! :-D

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