These healthy oatmeal cookies are made without gluten, dairy, sugar or oil, but are packed with fiber! Enjoy them as a light breakfast or pre-workout snack!
I know these aren't the most beautiful cookies you've ever seen, but boy are they delicious. They're moist, chocolatey, chewy and actually. That's the perfect combo in my book!
What makes these chocolate oatmeal cookies so healthy? For starters, they're made without any gluten, dairy, sugar, oil or eggs. And they're loaded with fruit!
They're also essentially like eating a bowl of oatmeal in cookie form. They're great for on-the-go, they're definitely kid-friendly, and they made an awesome pre-workout snack.
Our Healthy Cookie Ingredients
What's great about these healthy oatmeal cookies is that they use just 6 simple ingredients:
- Flaxseed Meal
- Quinoa Flakes
- Raw Cacao Powder
- and Chocolate Chips
And combined, these ingredients are giving us a ton of amazing fiber, along with a touch of protein, a bunch of complex carbohydrates and some antioxidants!
So instead of spiking your blood sugar like crazy and leading to a sugar crash, or going through your system super quickly and leaving you ravenous an hour later, these cookies will sustain you, they'll give you energy and they will take longer in your system to digest.
How to Make Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
Again, we've got another reason to be in love with these vegan cookies…they're crazy simple to make!
You'll need just one bowl and about 5 minutes. Start by mashing your banana! Then you'll add in your flax egg, stir in your dry ingredients and bake 'em up!
My only tip with baking these chocolate oatmeal cookies? You're going to want to shape them so they bake evenly and stick together properly.
Substitution Ideas for Our Vegan Cookies
Okay, now before we dive into the recipe, let's talk substitutions! I know there might be some ingredients you are allergic to or you can't find locally, so here are some ideas for swapping out ingredients:
Banana: unfortunately, this one is the trickiest. I think you could potentially get away with a blend of another fruit puree plus an additional flax egg, but I haven't tried it so can't be sure!
Flax Egg: a regular chicken egg or chia egg will also work!
Rolled Oats: You can swap in quinoa flakes or another flaked grain of choice
Quinoa Flakes: quick cooking oats or another flaked grain will work here as well
Raw Cacao: either another form of cocoa powder OR you could try powdered peanut butter
Chocolate Chips: these are totally optional, so feel free to just leave them out or stir in some chopped nuts
If you're a cookie lover like me, this is definitely going to become a staple for you!
Granted, they're not your typical indulgent cookie, but they're still delicious! The combo of banana and chocolate is perfection, they have a lovely chewy texture and the added sweetness from the chocolate chips make them feel a little bit more indulgent.
My favorite thing to do? Spread on a layer of peanut butter before I head out the door to my yoga or spin class!
Now it's time to get your cookie on. Enjoy!
More Healthy Oatmeal Cookies to Try:
- Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies
- Zucchini Bread Breakfast Cookies
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- No-Bake Chocolate Quinoa Cookies
Insanely Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 flax egg 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water
- 1 cup rolled oats gluten-free if needed
- 1/2 cup quinoa flakes or more oats
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a small mixing bowl, completely mash the banana. Stir in the flax egg.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix until fully combined.
- Spoon the cookie dough on the cookie sheet, and gently flatten with the back of a spoon.
- Bake 13 - 15 minutes, until browned and only slightly tender to the touch. Remove from oven, transfer to a wire rack and cool.
- Store in a covered container for 2 – 3 days (if they last that long!).
52 comments on “Insanely Healthy Oatmeal Cookies”
Can’t wait to try these; they look delicious!
Nice! I’m all for *truly* healthy cookies and not the shenanigans I pull. 😉
I think they look quite nice! I’d eat the entire batch, too, I’m sure.
I don’t have any stevia and am not familiar with it enough to know what you can substitute. I have regular granulated sugar, and turbinado. Would the turbinado work? Or honey?
What can I use as a substitute for the avocado. I live in the Caribbean and can only get avocados when in season and unfortunately they are not at the moment.
Hi Candice – You have a few options. You could go with more banana (maybe another half), you could try to substitute applesauce (but reduce a little bit since it has more water to it), you could try pumpkin or another pureed fruit (mango? papaya? pineapple?). You could also try to just use some coconut oil (also do a little less, maybe 3 Tablespoons max). Hope you enjoy!
I was seriously disappointed in these cookies after the buildup. They tasted strongly of banana and nothing else to us.
Judy – I’m very sorry to here you didn’t like these. As banana is the main ingredient, it doesn’t surprise me that it had a strong banana flavor. Next time, I would suggest reducing the amount of flour, and upping the chocolate. Or conversely, you could try just doing half a banana and then adding half an avocado (or more). That might help. These are definitely one of my favorite cookies, so I’m sorry you’d didn’t enjoy them. Another thing you could try is substituting applesauce for the banana, but it won’t be the same quantities, so reduce the amount of applesauce to compensate for the fact that it’s more liquidy.
Thanks…I may try the applesauce. We(one of my daughters and I) are still adjusting to being gluten free….Sorry if I sounded short, but it was a letdown.
I’m sorry that they let you down. I love bananas, so maybe that’s why I thought they were so good. You could also try to make them with just avocado – try a whole avocado, but you would need some sugar (or a lot more stevia) to give it some sweetness (that’s where the banana comes in). I also think these would be awesome with pumpkin. If you go the pumpkin route, I would not use avocado or chocolate, but simply make them like pumpkin pie oatmeal cookies. Hope you have some luck! If you have any questions about going gluten-free, please let me know!
Were you really “Seriously disappointed” that they tasted like the main ingredient?? awww… that’s so sad.. I’ve never let the taste of a healthy alternative to anything leave me “Seriously disappointed” try adding more butter and sugar – that should leave you more satisfied, you clown…. On a serious note: I think one thing that might add a little bit to these is some ground Flax seed and chopped spinach. Boom Roasted.
I really loved them (and ate the whole batch… but hey, it was post workout 😉
I put the unpeeled banana in the preheating oven until it became black. It was so much sweeter afterwards that I didn’t need any sugar!
What a great idea!! I’m going to have to try that next time. Or perhaps with the banana bread I’ll be making tomorrow. Awesome, awesome. So happy you liked them too 🙂
I thought these were good and definately super healthy. Texture was great for a non-fat cookie. I doubled the recipe and used 1/4 cup of maple syrup in place of stevia. My 14 year old son and my 18 months liked them too. Thanks for the recipe!
Hi Gaby – So glad you liked them! I love the idea of using maple syrup. That really reminds me of breakfast!
These look really good and I love how simple the ingredient list is. Perfect!
Do you have any nutritional or calorie information on any of your recipes, especially this one?
Hi…just a question…what size banana (and avocado) did you use for this recipe? Bananas vary greatly in size! I always do much better when I can follow a recipe using measuring cups for the items listed…thanks! 🙂
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I used a medium sized for both 🙂 Enjoy!
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Hi.. would love to try your recipes! 😉 looks so yum and healthy.. anyway how long can this cookie last in a room temp? Thanks
At least 3 days!
I love them! My mom thinks they came out kind of dry but I don’t think it is. The only problem is that it made 28 cookies instead of 12. That’s a really big difference! I subbed one of the tbsp. of cacao with powdered peanut butter so it wasn’t too bitter. Maybe I should have added a little more banana for the sweetness and moistness? Thank you for this recipe. All of the other ones on the internet add butter and eggs and flour, and these cookies are perfect. My coworker is on her military diet since she’ll be deployed in a few months and it hurts my heart to know she can’t indulge so I went on a mission! haha
I’m so happy you like them!! Yes, more banana will totally work 🙂
These are delicious & so easy to make
So glad you enjoyed them! Would love for you to leave a star rating if you have a moment 🙂 xox
Was wondering if I could dehydrate these instead of bake?
I don’t see why not! I haven’t personally tried so I’m not sure how long they would take, but I think it would work!
These cookies are really tasty and so healthy! Thank you for this amazing recipe!
I’m so glad you enjoyed them!
Hello, Just curious…2 bananas – ok, but which size small ? medium or Large ? Or proportion 1 CO ? or how many grammes ? Thanks –
2 medium 🙂 But the recipe is pretty flexible!
These came out great! I used an egg but kept the tablespoon of ground flaxseed. Thank you!
May I use frozen bananas
I haven’t tested with frozen bananas – sorry!
I had some bananas just waiting for a purpose…. I added an additional flax seed egg along with some dried shredded coconut and chopped dates. My husband gobbled them up as soon as they came out of the oven!Will definitely be making these again.
YAY! I’m so glad you both liked them 🙂
Really unsure of these as I was mixing these up … what a wonderful surprise! So moist and chocolatey! Thanks for all you do!
So glad you enjoyed them!!
Hi, I am planning to try this recipe and wanted to know if I can just skip the qinoa flakes altogether?
I wouldn’t! I would swap with some more oats 🙂
The title of these cookies don’t lie. These are Insanely Good. I made these today and will be making these weekly. Thank You for sharing. These are crazy good!!!
Yay! So glad you liked them, Marcus!
The title of these cookies don’t lie. These are Insanely Good. I made these the other and will be making these weekly. Thank You for sharing. These are crazy good!!!
Yay! So glad you enjoyed them 🙂
We loved the recipe! Already done a lot of times and mi kid ( and me) just can’t have enough
YAY! So happy to hear that 🙂 xx
Very easy to make and tasty too. Can these cookies be frozen.
Made these twice now and are amazing. Great vegan/sugar free treat! Top cookies with super seed mix. Will next time mix super seed mix through with some dried fruit.