Healthy Vegan Oatmeal Cookies recipe made with whole healthy gluten free, egg free, refined sugar free and vegan ingredients.
These vegan oat cookies can be made crispy or moist and chewy without butter, the secret ingredient is the applesauce!
They are perfect as a healthy snack or breakfast and can be customized with chocolate chips, seeds, nuts and dried fruits.
Gluten Free Vegan Oatmeal Cookies, No Butter
Making healthy gluten free vegan oatmeal cookies also nut free, soy free and refined sugar free sounds like not a simple task, but there are few substitutions that make this possible.
These vegan oatmeal cookies are a delicious way to get your morning oats to the next level. If you prefer a bar form then try these Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Bars To-Go (Gluten Free, Vegan).
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What make these vegan oatmeal cookies healthy is that they do not contain any processed vegan margarine or shortening, no gums or starch flours or store bought premixed flour blends that contains xanthan or guar gum.
Vegan Oatmeal Cookies With Gluten Free Oats
It’s important that you buy Certified Gluten Free Oats if you want to avoid cross-contamination with other grains during processing. You can find different brands in stores but I also prefer them to be organic.
The only brand available online both gluten free and organic is this: Gluten Free Organic Rolled Oats from amazon, which is cheaper than the brand offered by wholefoods.
To make your own flour is easy, just use a blender.
Vegan Oatmeal Cookies With Less Sugar
This gluten free vegan oatmeal cookie recipe besides being allergy friendly, is also perfect for people on a low glycemic diet, vegans and those who just want to avoid processed “gluten free junk” sold in stores.
The dough itself has very little added sugar (maple syrup), and if you choose to add only seeds then the result is barely sweet. Optionally some maple or coconut sugar can be added (if you like). Just like in my vegan oatmeal breakfast bars the addition of dried fruits and/ or chocolate chips will make the cookies sweeter without adding extra sugar.
Another recipe that uses dried fruit as filling are these Amaranth + Fig Swirl Cookies.
Dairy Free Eggless Oatmeal Cookies
So how to make oatmeal cookies without eggs? Simple. In order to make egg free oatmeal cookies I replaced the eggs with apple sauce. Additionally to help these cookies hold together I also added some flax seeds – which are use very often in gluten free vegan baking.
The ground flax seeds and apple sauce help to bind the mixture together without eggs, also creating a soft and chewy texture.
If you like crunchy treats then you need to try these lightly sweet gluten free vegan graham crackers.
Vegan Oatmeal Cookies Ingredients
These gluten free vegan oatmeal cookies are made using a mixture of gluten free rolled oats, oat flour and brown rice flour.
For sweetness and flavor I used a little maple syrup, vanilla and stevia extract.
The baking soda in combination with apple cider vinegar act as a binding agent and will help them puff a bit.
I tried making these vegan oatmeal cookies 4 different ways:
1. Vegan Oatmeal Cookies With Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds
2. Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
3. Vegan Oat Cookies With Dried Prunes
4. Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
You just have to add to the base dough whatever you like the most.
What I like about these healthy gluten free vegan oatmeal cookies is that they are easy to make, tasty, and much less expensive than buying them. They are perfect as a breakfast on-the-go, or as a snack. Full of fiber and flavor plus healthy fats to keep you full.
Why Are My Oatmeal Cookies Dry?
You will get dry oatmeal cookies if you don’t use enough liquid ingredients, oats tend to absorb a lot of moisture, so soaking the oats or adding more liquid helps.
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Healthy Vegan Oatmeal Cookies – 4 Ways | Gluten Free
Gluten Free Vegan Cookie Dough:
- 1 cup gluten free rolled oats - soaked for 5 min
- 1½ cup apple sauce - organic
- ½ cup oat flour - organic, gluten free
- ½ cup brown rice flour - or any other gluten free flour
- 4 tbsp golden flax seeds - ground
- 4 tbsp coconut oil - organic, virgin, melted, or use a vegan butter
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 3-4 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/3 cup maple sugar or coconut sugar - add this, if not using sweet dried fruits
Add-ons (add one or combine multiple):
- 1 cup chocolate chips - dairy-free, soy-free
- 1 cup sunflower and pumpkin seeds mix - preferably soaked + 1/2 cup of pecans;
- 1 cup organic dried prunes - cut into small chunks;
- 1 cup raisins – organic, unsulphured - preferably soaked +1 tsp cinnamon.
- 1 cup dried tart cherries
- Preheat oven to 375°F. In a bowl place the oats with twice amount of water, soak for 5 minutes, then drain well, set aside. This step will help bring more moisture to the recipe without adding any additional liquid. Plus it will help rinse impurities from oats.
- In another bowl mix all wet ingredients, then add the soaked oats, flours, and the rest of ingredients, mix until incorporated. At the end add the baking soda and apple cider vinegar, this will create leavening. This should be added right before baking, so the bubbles won't disperse quickly.
- Choose your add-ons and mix just to incorporate, but don't overmix.
- Place approximately 1 to 2 tbsp (or use an ice cream scoop) of dough at equal distance on parchment-lined baking sheets.
- Bake at 375 F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown, then turn off the heat and leave the oven door open a couple of inches, so they could dry out and crisp up (about 20-30 minutes). If you prefer you vegan oatmeal cookies moist and chewy, just pull them out once they are golden.
- Remove from the oven and move the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Store them in an airtight container for a week maximum.
Tips For Making Healthy Vegan Oatmeal Cookies
- Soaking the seeds and the dried fruits will add moisture to the cookies, also it will remove dirt, added oil and sugar.
- The ground flax seeds and apple sauce help to bind the mixture together without eggs, they help to create a soft and chewy texture, so make sure don’t skip these.
- If you want these vegan oatmeal cookies crispier, bake them longer (30-40 min) at a lower temperature (`~350 F). If you want your vegan oat cookies chewy – bake at a higher temperature for a shorter time.
- Buy certified gluten free rolled oats if you want to avoid cross-contamination with other grains during processing. The only brand available online both gluten free and organic is this: Gluten Free Organic Rolled Oats from amazon, which is cheaper than the brand offered by wholefoods.
- If you want the cookies sweeter, add stevia extract to the additional sweet ingredients, or just more maple sugar or coconut sugar.
- If you don’t like coconut oil, you can replace it with a natural vegan butter or some nut / seed butter, the fat helps the cookie stay moist and chewy.
- If you want to try a summer version of oatmeal cookies then try these vegan oatmeal cookies with fresh blueberries and peach, they are absolutely delicious!
- Long term storing: freeze for up to 3 months.
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