Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free + Vegan)
Ingredients in gluten-free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
Virgin coconut oil: make sure it’s at room temperature and not too hot!
Almond butter: feel free to substitute your favorite nut butter or tahini to keep these nut-free. I love using nut butter as a base to add extra softness to the cookies 🙂
Coconut sugar: coconut sugar keeps these cookies refined-sugar free!
Flax eggs: see below for the breakdown on how to make flax eggs. This keeps the recipe vegan 🙂
Vanilla extract: a baking essential to make these cookies extra delicious!
Coconut flour: I love using coconut flour to help bind the dough! I feel this flour helps hold the batter together best.
Gluten-free rolled oats: Make sure to use a gluten-free variety to keep this allergy-friendly! Oats also help add that delicious chewy texture we all love🙂
Dark chocolate: I like to use 80% dark chocolate since I prefer that richer, pure chocolate flavor but feel free to use your favorite!
Flaky sea salt
How to make a vegan flax egg
- To make 1 flax egg first, mix together 1 TBSP flaxseed meal with 3 TBSP water.
- Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes until a gel-like consistency is made.
- Use the mixture in the recipe just as you would a regular egg! For these oatmeal cookies you’ll need two eggs, so 2 TBSP of flaxseed meal and 6 TBSP of water total.
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I hope you love these cookies as much as me and Paige did! If you love them, please leave a review in the comments below and let me know what you thought. xoxo!Print
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free + Vegan)
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 12 cookies 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
- ¼ cup virgin coconut oil, room temperature
- ⅓ cup almond butter, sub any nut butter of choice, or tahini for a nut-free option*
- ⅔ cup coconut sugar
- 2 flax eggs**
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup coconut flour
- ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats
- ⅔ cup (4 oz.) chopped dark chocolate, make your own chocolate to keep 100% Paleo
- Flaky sea salt, optional for sprinkling on top
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl or stand mixer, beat together the coconut oil, nut butter, and coconut sugar until smooth. Add the flax eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.
- Add the baking soda, salt, coconut flour, and rolled oats to the wet ingredients. Mix until well incorporated. Fold in the chopped dark chocolate.
- Use a cookie scoop to form cookies and place 2” apart on the prepared baking sheet. Press down slightly to flatten – note that the cookies won’t spread very much, so press them down to the thickness you prefer. Sprinkle with a bit of flaky sea salt if desired. Bake for 10 minutes or golden brown around the edges.
- Let cool completely on the cookie sheet. Enjoy!
To make flax eggs: mix 2 tablespoons flax meal + 6 tablespoons water – whisk them together and let sit for 5 minutes to gel)
Nut-Free Options: Can substitute tahini or sunflower seed butter. If using sunflower seed butter, use 1/4 tsp. of baking soda instead of 1/2 tsp. to prevent green cookies.
Keywords: cookies, gluten free, vegan, oatmeal, chocolate chip, dessert, healthy
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Super yummy! These cookies look perfect!
Hope you’re having an AMAZING time in the Caribbean, Rachel! Sounds like a blast! As do these cookies….mmmm! I want that entire stack with all of that melty chocolate. Sounds like the perfect dessert for a Monday!
OMG!! These look delicious, definitely giving my mom’s cookies a run for their money! Wish I was with you!
Have so much fun on your trip!! I hope the weather is gorgeous for you! And these cookies look just scrumptious!!
These look really good! So how is life on the catamaran getting all those rays? (jelly) lol I hope its beautiful. And These cookies look so dang good, go PAIGE for inspiring them into life
These cookies are just perfection!
Hooray for fabulous vacations with family, Rachel! Your trip sounds just fabulous… I could use some sun on my pasty white skin about now! :D These cookies are fabulous and I’m giving a nod to the dark chocolate… yes please!! Delicious work my dear!
You always kill it with the gooey chocolate. These oatmeal cookies look super delicious and I love that they’re GF and vegan!
I thought your Vegan Paleo Choc Chip Cookies from a couple weeks ago couldn’t get any better, but these may just take the #1 spot! Have a lovely trip and soak up some sunshine for me!
No way. These look like little balls of chocolate heaven. I cannot WAIT to try these!
Omg these cookies, I need them in my life! Can they be more perfect?!
Thank you so much Lili!
These cookies are so gooey and amazing!!!! ahhhhh!
I made these tonight for a dinner party and everyone loved it. They thought serving in one large skillet was fun! I did have to bake it about 5 minutes longer when I used a 10 inch cast iron skillet. I also used salted almond butter.
So glad it was a hit, Corey! Thanks for your feedback.
WOW. I just made these and they are inCREDIBLE. I made a couple changes: I used real eggs instead of flax as I’m not vegan, and substituted tahini for the almond butter. The tahini does add a touch of nuttiness/its own tahini mojo but it isn’t overpowering. Use good dark chocolate and don’t skip the 1/2 teaspoon of salt – it really puts this recipe over the top. The cookies browned up so beautifully in the oven, and they are phenomenal eaten warm.
Thanks for such a great recipe, I will definitely be making these again!
So thrilled you’re loving the cookies, Claire! Thanks for much for sharing your changes and feedback. Enjoy!
These cookies are amazing! I recently made the switch to gluten free and dairy free for health reasons, and the hardest part was walking away from all the baking I used to do. I’ve tried a few different recipes for chocolate chip cookies that are gf/df and these are by far the best I’ve made! Thank you for all the recipe selections!!
So thrilled you’re enjoying them Laura!! :) hope you find many recipes that you love to satisfy all your gluten-free and dairy-free baking needs!
I made these today and something went wrong. They spread out completely, almost paper thin. I used peanut butter instead of almond butter and real eggs instead of flax. I used an almond and coconut flour blend. I even added twice the amount of flour called for because i thought the dough looked wet. Still pancake flat. Any suggestions? They WERE tasty though!
Hi Laura, this recipe was developed to be made as written, so when many of the ingredients are changed, the same result can’t be guaranteed. Sorry you had trouble!
I’ve made this recipe twice now and I AM HOOKED. Thank you for a GF alternative that rivals the cookies I’ve been making for years. I have no need for the other recipes now! (As a side note, the first time I made them with almond butter and the second time with peanut butter. Both were excellent!)
So thrilled you’re loving them Cass, and that they’re able to satisfy your oatmeal cookie cravings :) thanks so much for your feedback!
Hi ! the taste is so good but mine didn’t hold together well. I’m thinking it’s because the coconut oil was too melted? I also used chia eggs instead of flax.
Hi Sarah – yes the coconut oil should be a texture similar to softened butter, not melted, so that definitely could’ve been the case. I haven’t used chia eggs so not sure how that would’ve affected things.
Do you have to use flax eggs, or can you use real eggs?
I’ve only tested with flax eggs but real eggs should be fine!
I’m super excited to try these! Have a dozen baking in the oven right now and counting down the minutes!!!
Amazing!! Hope you’re loving them, Gwen.
Hi Rita! thanks for the recipe. My son doesn’t like chocolate (he is two) , would I just add more oatmeal or something for binding?
Hi Julia, no need to add anything else if you don’t want to (more oatmeal would actually make the cookies too dry, I think). If you want to do nuts or dried fruit instead, that would work too!
These were amazing! So much fun to make and eat.
So glad you loved them Alyssa!
These were amazing I made these for a few of my coworkers one of whom is vegan and they all loved them so much. I would love to make these again one day in advance, how would you store these overnight? Would they need to be refrigerated?
So glad you loved them! They’ll be fine overnight in an airtight container.
The taste of these was SO Good. But they spread a lot and totally fell apart. Fantastic for goo factor but definitely not composed or crispy. I’ll try them again but I made exactly as written. Worth another shot!
Glad you enjoyed the taste! Did this happen even after they had cooled completely? Gluten-free & vegan cookies are definitely more delicate when warm and letting them cool on the baking sheet can help them set. They also may have needed an extra minute or a few in the oven to help them firm up. Sometimes coconut flour brands vary in absorbency too, so you may need a teeny bit of extra flour to make them more firm. You may want to play around a bit with this when you try them again. But so glad you’re loving the taste, and hopefully the texture is perfect next time too :)
Thanks so much for your thoughtful reply! They were cooled completely. I think I probably should have left in a couple minutes longer (I usually err on the underdone side versus overdone because I DO like a gooey cookie) and maybe I won’t flatten next time. That’s interesting about coconut flour absorbency – makes sense. I’m looking forward to giving them another try! Delicious!
Totally get it on the gooey cookie love. An extra minute or two should definitely help! Enjoy :D
This is *the* recipe. Yum.
So glad you love it!!