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DIY ZBAR cookies that are vegan, and gluten-free

Copycat ZBar Cookies {vegan, oil-free, gluten-free}

  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 11 mins
  • Total Time: 16 mins
  • Yield: 24 1x


Copycat Zbar cookies, just like ZBars! They are naturally vegan, oil-free, flourless, gluten-free, and sweetened with dates.


  • 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned or quick-cooking)–GF if needed
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal (ground flaxseeds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 (semi-packed) cup whole, pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup natural, unsweetened nut or seed butter of choice
  • 1/2 cup plain nondairy or dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chopped dried fruit


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or a silpat, or lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, process the oats to a fine powder. Add the flaxseed meal and baking soda; pulse to combine.
  3. Add the dates to the processor bowl; process until the dates are very finely chopped. Add the nut butter, milk and vanilla; pulse, using on/off pulses, until well-blended. If adding chocolate chips or fruit, transfer dough to medium bowl and stir in one of the options.
  4. Scoop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Dip the tines of fork in water and gently flatten each cookie.
  5. Bake for 10-11 minutes in the preheated oven until edges are golden brown. Cool 1 minute on sheets, then transfer to wire rack with spatula and cool completely.


Super-Dry/Tough Dates: If your dates feel like they have been unearthed from an Egyptian tomb, give them a 5 minute soak in warm water. Drain, then proceed with the recipe.

No Flaxseed? No problem: If you do not have flaxseed meal, you can use an equal amount of additional rolled oats, or or wheat germ, chia seeds, or…just about anything you like!

Even Better after a Day: If you can hold out, wait a day before eating (all/some of) the cookies. Unlike butter-rich cookies, which are best day of baking, these are even more flavorful on day two and three and four.

Storage: Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temp or freeze for up to 1 month (thaw at room temp).

  • Category: cookies, power bar, snack


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 82
  • Sugar: 8.2 g
  • Fat: 3.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.6
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 11.8 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 2.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0