These healthy oatmeal cookies are made with whole wheat flour and oats. They’re just as delicious as your favorite chewy oatmeal cookies, but with healthier ingredients!

healthy oatmeal cookies

Let’s be honest here. These oatmeal cookies are cookies. Yes, they’re made with oatmeal. Yes, they have lots of healthy fats in them. But… they’re still cookies. These healthier oatmeal cookies are delicious, and they’re better for you than a lot of other desserts. So let’s call it even.

healthy oatmeal cookies

Tips for Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

  • This recipe makes about 10 cookies, but try to avoid crowding the cookie sheet. If you have a large pan, you can bake them all at once. If you’re using a small sheet, you may need to bake two batches.
  • I bake my cookies on a silicone baking mat because I don’t want to worry about them sticking to the pan. If you don’t have a mat, feel free to use parchment paper or a nonstick baking tray.
  • Be sure to use melted coconut oil, so it’s easier to mix. Be sure it’s warm enough that it won’t solidify when mixed with the applesauce and maples syrup.

oatmeal cookie ingredients

How to Mix Oatmeal Cookie Dough

I like to use a spoon rather than a hand mixer. The dough will be pretty thick, but it’s not too hard to stir. Keep mixing until you don’t see any streaks of flour. I like to use chocolate chunks for this recipe but you can also use mini-chocolate chips if you want to ensure a bit of chocolate in every cookie!

oatmeal cookie dough

Are Oatmeal Cookies Gluten-Free?

These oatmeal cookies are not gluten-free, but you can substitute the whole wheat flour for gluten-free flour, if you like. I wouldn’t recommend trying this with coconut or almond flour, but a traditional 1 to 1 gluten-free flour should work as a substitute. Also, be sure to check that your oats are gluten-free if you have an allergy!

Are These Cookies Vegan?

These healthy oatmeal cookies are naturally vegan, as long as you use dairy-free chocolate chips! Coconut oil is used in place of butter and applesauce is used instead of an egg, so these cookies can easily be vegan! My favorite brand of dairy-free chocolate chips is made by Enjoy Life, but Kroger recently came out with a similar dairy-free chocolate chip under the Simple Truth brand.

healthy oatmeal cookies

What are the Best Oats for Oatmeal Cookies?

You may notice there are a few different types of oats at the grocery store: old fashioned rolled oats, quick-cooking oats, steel-cut oats, and instant oats. For this recipe, I recommend using old fashioned rolled oats, which are the thickest and heartiest kind of oats. But you can substitute quick-cooking or instant oats if that’s what you have. I don’t recommend using steel-cut oats.

What is Whole Wheat Pastry Flour?

Whole wheat pastry flour is milled from a different kind of wheat. It’s made from white soft wheat rather than red hard wheat. Don’t let the term “white” confuse you. It is still 100% whole wheat flour. But it has a lower protein content than regular whole wheat flour so it has a much better texture for things like baked goods. I like the Bob’s Red Mill brand. Feel free to substitute all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour, if that’s what you have on hand.

oatmeal cookie dough on a baking sheet

Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Substitutions

  • I like using maple syrup to keep this recipe vegan, but you can substitute honey or agave instead.
  • Any chocolate chips are delicious but I like using dark chocolate chips because it gives you a richer flavor. Semi-sweet is tasty as well!
  • To change the flavor, try using butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips in place of the chocolate chips!
  • If you don’t have whole wheat flour, feel free to use all-purpose flour instead.

How to Double the Recipe

This recipe is easy to double, as all the ingredients can be doubled without any tweaks. To make the recipe easy to follow, simply tap the “Scale: 2x” button on the recipe card and you’ll see an updated list of ingredients.

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healthy oatmeal cookies

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Cookies

Description

These healthy oatmeal cookies are made with whole wheat flour and oats. They’re just as delicious as your favorite chewy oatmeal cookies, but with healthier ingredients!


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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine the maple syrup, coconut oil, applesauce, and vanilla until mixed.
  3. Then add in the salt, baking soda, oats and flour and mix until a dough forms.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Drop in rounded tablespoons onto a cookie sheet. I usually make about 10 medium sized cookies.
  6. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. Let cool slightly, then transfer from the baking sheet to a cooling rack.

Notes

This makes a small batch of cookies, usually between 8-10 depending on the size of the cookies. You can double this recipe if you want to make a bigger batch!

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How to Store Oatmeal Cookies

If you have leftover cookies, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also store them in the freezer for up to 1 month. Just defrost at room temperature until thawed.

oatmeal cookies

Dig in, and remind yourself that while you’re eating a cookie, you’re also eating whole grains and all that.

Looking for other healthy cookie recipes? Here are a few of my favorites:

These vegan and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies are so soft and delicious. If you love a soft-baked cookie these are for you!

vegan chocolate chip cookie

These peanut butter cookies are gluten free and refined-sugar free, so they’re a tasty but healthy treat!

peanut butter cookies

These healthier oatmeal cookies are made with whole wheat flour and oats. They're just as delicious as your favorite chewy oatmeal cookies, but with healthier ingredients! It's perfect when you need a healthy dessert!

What’s your favorite type of cookie?

This post was originally published in November 2013. Updated July 2018.