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Vegan Double Chocolate Oat Cookies {gluten-free}

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Vegan double chocolate oat cookies that taste like pure decadence, but are healthy and gluten-free! Make them in minutes with what you have on hand.
stack of double chocolate oat cookies that are vegan and gluten-free on a piece of brown burlap

Cookies! And not just any cookies, but double chocolate cookies! 

Caramel and butterscotch  flavors are definitely my number one flavor jam, but chocolate is a close second. And when a chocolate craving comes knocking, I have to answer. 

My answer on this given day is equal parts delicious and nourishing: Double Chocolate Oat Cookies!

What Makes These Cookies So Healthy?

Despite tasting like a chocolate dream come true, these cookies are:

  • Vegan (no eggs, no dairy)
  • Gluten-free
  • Wheat-free
  • Refined Sugar Free
  • Rich in antioxidants (from the cocoa powder & dark chocolate bits)
  • Nut-free (if you use sunflower seed butter in place of nut butter)
  • High in fiber

You can definitely eat one of these cookies as part of a healthy breakfast– on the go, or while savoring an extra few minutes of pre-work bliss with a cup of coffee–or as a healthy snack or pre-/post-workout gnosh.

The key takeaway: eat more chocolate cookies.

How to Make Healthy Double Chocolate Oat Cookies

Good news: these cookies are super-simple to make! You most likely have everything you need in the pantry, including rolled oats, nut or seed butter, coconut oil (or the oil of your choice), coconut sugar (or brown sugar), cocoa powder, and whatever dark chocolate you can find.

Step 1: Grind Some Oat Flour

If this sounds difficult, fear not, it is not. Grinding your own oat flour is as simple as measuring oats into a food processor, pressing ON, and processing until the oats resemble a fine flour.

You can go super fine with the flour for the recipe, or a coarser grind, it is entirely up to you. I like to keep a little bit of texture to these cookies (fine with some bigger chopped oat pieces), but any level of grind will work.

before and after photo collage showing a food processor with oats, which are then ground into oat flour

Add the the cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt to the food processor. Pulse to blend.

Mix the Wet Ingredients 

Leave the oat mixture in the processor for now; no need to dirty a separate bowl. Next, place the coconut oil and your choice of nut or seed butter in a large bowl. You do not need to melt the coconut oil before adding it to the bowl because next in the bowl is boiling water, which melt both the oil and nut butter. 

Once the nut butter mixture is stirred smooth, add 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal and a smidge of vanilla extract. The flaxseed meal helps to hold the cookies together in the absence of eggs. You can use an equal amount of ground chia seeds in place of the flaxseed meal, if you like. 

Let the wet ingredient stand for 5 minutes to cool, and to allow the flax to thicken.

Shape and Bake the Cookies

Once the wet ingredients have cooled a bit, stir in the oat mixture until completely blended. Last, stir in some chopped dark chocolate (about 1.5 to 2 ounces). 

Shape the dough into 16 equal portions and roll each into a ball. Place half of the balls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Because these cookies are lower in fat than traditional cookies, they need some help to achieve their intended shape. Specifically, flatten each ball with the palm of your hand until about 1/8 to 1/4- inch thick.

Bake the cookies in a preheated 350F oven for 11to12minutes until just barely set at the centers. Let the cookies cool for another minute on the sheet before removing to a cooling rack. Done!

stack of double chocolate oat cookies that are vegan and gluten-free on a piece of brown burlap

You are going to love the deep chocolate, brownie-like flavor of these cookies! Happy Baking!

More Healthy, Delicious Vegan Chocolate Treats to Try:

3-Ingredient Banana Fudge Brownies 

4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies

Vegan Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan & Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Cookies

100% Flax Chocolate Cookies

Vegan Coconut Flour Brownies

Chickpea Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

 

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stack of double chocolate oat cookies that are vegan and gluten-free on a piece of brown burlap

Vegan Double Chocolate Oat Cookies {gluten-free}


  • Author: Camilla
  • Yield: 16 cookies 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Vegan double chocolate oat cookies that taste like pure decadence, but are healthy and gluten-free! Make them in minutes with what you have on hand.


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, process the oats into a fine flour. Add the cocoa powder, baking powder and salt; pulse to combine.
  3. Place the coconut oil and nut butter in a large bowl; add the boiling water and stir until melted and smooth. Stir in the coconut sugar, flaxseed meal and vanilla until blended. Let stand 5 minutes.
  4. Add the oat mixture to the nut butter mixture, stirring until combined into a dough. Stir in the chocolate.
  5. Divide dough into 16 equal portions (about 2 tablespoons each) and roll each portion into a ball. Place half of the balls on the prepared baking sheet, spacing evenly. Flatten each ball with the palm of your hand.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 11 to 12 minutes until just set barely at the centers. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough balls.

Notes

Storage: Store the cookies in an airtight container at cool room temperature for 1 day, the refrigerator for 5 days, or the freezer for up to 3 months.

Chocolate Options: 1/4 cup of miniature chocolate chips, or regular chocolate chips (chopped) can be used in place of the dark chocolate

  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 101
  • Sugar: 5.9 g
  • Sodium: 97 mg
  • Fat: 5.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.7 g
  • Fiber: 1.7 g
  • Protein: 2.2 gg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: chocolate cookies, oat cookies, vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, oat flour, double chocolate, healthy cookies, oats

 
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Thursday 27th of August 2020

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Racida

Thursday 20th of December 2018

I love your blog! Cannot wait to try these :)

Mermaid Sweets

Sunday 20th of May 2018

These sounds amazing. I just signed up to follow your blog. Looking forward to trying many recipes!

Elsa

Thursday 20th of April 2017

I did not press these out as much as I think I should have so they were more rounded than flat, but they are still delicious! Next time I'll be more careful reading the directions :)

Dariah

Monday 20th of February 2017

Camilla- these cookies are PERFECT. I have never made an all-oat cookie before, these were so good.

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