Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Miracle Cookies

These are without a doubt the healthiest cookies I’ve ever made. And some of the fastest and easiest.

And they’re the most miraculous.

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Miracle Cookies (vegan, GF) - NO Butter, Oil, Eggs, Flour or Sugar!  What a miracle! (finally a healthy cookie that tastes great!)

Why are they miraculous? Allow me to rattle off the selling points:

Vegan – No Eggs and No Butter

No Oil

No Flour

No White or Brown Sugar Added

No Added Salt

Gluten-Free and Soy-Free

No Mixer Required – Stir Together in One Bowl in 5 Minutes

Soft, Chewy, Not Cakey, Loaded with Texture

High Fiber

Dense, Rich, and Satisfying

Modest Batch Size – about 15 small cookies

They taste good – I don’t care how healthy something is, if it doesn’t taste good, why bother.

Pretty close to a miracle if you ask me.

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Miracle Cookies (vegan, GF) - NO Butter, Oil, Eggs, Flour or Sugar!  What a miracle! (finally a healthy cookie that tastes great!)

I’d been wanting to make a healthier cookie for ages, but the last time I tried by baking bananas into cookies rather than using butter, oil, or eggs, they were cakey, baked flat and thin, and the taste of bananas over-powered everything.

So I put that idea on the shelf for years, literally. Finally, I decided to try again, and this time with success.

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Miracle Cookies (vegan, GF) - NO Butter, Oil, Eggs, Flour or Sugar!  What a miracle! (finally a healthy cookie that tastes great!)

They’re such easy, stir-together cookies. Mash a banana, add liquid sweetener and peanut butter, stir in the dry ingredients, and add-ins. In case you’re not a huge fan of bananas, there’s just a very subtle banana taste.

I recommend using conventional peanut butter like Jif or Skippy because they’re thick. I don’t recommend natural or homemade peanut butter, nor almond or sunflower seed butter, because they’re much thinner and likely too runny to sufficiently bind this egg-less, flour-less, gluten-less dough.

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Miracle Cookies (vegan, GF) - NO Butter, Oil, Eggs, Flour or Sugar!  What a miracle! (finally a healthy cookie that tastes great!)

The dry ingredients consist of quick-cooking oats and crispy rice cereal. You must use quick cook oats, not whole-rolled, because quick oats are smaller and behave more like flour. Since no actual flour is used, finer ground oats are necessary. Turn your old-fashioned whole-rolled oats into quick oats in 10 seconds in a food processor or Vita-Mix.

I add crispy rice cereal to no-bake bars like Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (no-bake, vegan, GF) and Snickerdoodle Cookie Granola Bars (no-bake, vegan, GF) because it adds texture and it soaks up moisture in the batter. You can’t really taste it and it’s more of a stealth operator.

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Miracle Cookies (vegan, GF) - NO Butter, Oil, Eggs, Flour or Sugar!  What a miracle! (finally a healthy cookie that tastes great!)

For the add-ins, I used chocolate chips and a raisin medley, but feel free to use craisins, dried cranberries, apricots, another dried fruit, sliced nuts, white chocolate, butterscotch, or peanut butter chips.

Make sure to chill the dough so the cookies bake up nice and thick. There are no eggs or gluten to give the cookies structure, and therefore, chilling the dough is essential. That said, after being properly chilled, the cookies spread very little while baking so flatten the dough mounds so the cookies cook through evenly.

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Miracle Cookies (vegan, GF) - NO Butter, Oil, Eggs, Flour or Sugar!  What a miracle! (finally a healthy cookie that tastes great!)

They’re dense, hearty, thick, exceedingly chewy, and loaded with texture. Between the oats, crispy rice cereal, chocolate chips, and raisins, here’s a real texture party going on.

They’re also soft and moist, and not at all cakey, dry, or crumbly. They remind me a bit of a granola bar, in cookie form, but softer and not as hearty.

The peanut butter adds richness and nuttiness and the combo of peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate is always a win for me.

They aren’t too sweet since just a banana and a bit of liquid sweetener is used, but the raisins and chocolate chips help boost the sweetness level. Before people write saying the suggested liquid sweetener options are a form of sugar; yes, they are. But I’d think brown rice syrup, agave, or honey are healthier alternatives than white or brown sugar. Whenever I post any ‘claims’ related to sugar, I get oodles of passionate comments and to each her own.

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Miracle Cookies (vegan, GF) - NO Butter, Oil, Eggs, Flour or Sugar!  What a miracle! (finally a healthy cookie that tastes great!)

It’s hard to believe that something without eggs, butter, oil, flour, or added sugar can still taste like a cookie. But I assure you, they do. I’m just doing my part to try to help you get ready for swimsuit season.

Considering they’re so healthy and miraculous, it’s okay to have seconds. Or thirds.

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Miracle Cookies (vegan, GF) - NO Butter, Oil, Eggs, Flour or Sugar!  What a miracle! (finally a healthy cookie that tastes great!)

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Miracle Cookies (vegan, GF) - NO Butter, Oil, Eggs, Flour or Sugar!  What a miracle! (finally a healthy cookie that tastes great!)

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Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Miracle Cookies (vegan, gluten-free)

These cookies are the healthiest, easiest, and fastest cookies I've ever made. They're Vegan (No Eggs and No Butter); there's No Oil/Flour/White or Brown Sugar/No Added Salt. They're Gluten-Free/Soy-Free and No Mixer Required. They turn out soft, extra chewy, and are loaded with texture. If you're looking for a healthier cookie recipe that still tastes like a cookie, this is the one to try.

Yield: about 15 small cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

about 1/2 cup ripe mashed banana (1 medium/large)

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (like Jif or Skippy; don' use natural or homemade PB. I suspect almond or sunflower seed butter are too thin and runny)

1/3 cup liquid sweetener (agave, light-colored corn syrup, brown rice syrup, honey; I suspect maple syrup is not quite sticky enough)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups quick cook oats (not old-fashioned whole rolled; must use quick cook. Use certified gluten-free if desired)

1 cup crispy rice cereal (use certified gluten-free/vegan if desired)

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or another favorite baking chip, or omit)

1/2 cup raisins (or another favorite dried fruit, or omit)

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the banana and mash with a fork.
  2. Add the peanut butter, sweetener, vanilla, and stir to combine.
  3. Add the oats, crispy rice cereal, cinnamon, baking soda, and stir to incorporate. The dough should be similar in consistency to regular cookie dough; sticky but not sloppy, nor should it be crumbly or dry. If it's too wet, add more oats. If it's too dry, add a small squirt more sweetener or more peanut butter.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips (or try cinnamon/white chocolate/peanut butter chips) and the raisins (or try craisins/dried apricots/cranberries/blueberries) and stir to incorporate.
  5. Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop, form heaping 2-tablespoon mounds (I made 15). Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds halfway, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat, 11 5/8 x 16 1/2-inches, Half Sheet Size">Silpat, parchment, or spray with cooking spray. Place flattened mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake for about 15 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to show signs of very pale golden color. Cookies will firm up as they cool. It's a bit tricky to tell when they're done because they don't spread or flatten much while baking, and because of their tan color. I'd rather underbake and have soft cookies than overbake and have rocks, and since they're vegan, there's no harm. You can always bake for an additional few minutes if you pull them too early. Rotate trays midway though baking. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
  7. Store cookies airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

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  4. These cookies are so great, thanks! I used Golden Syrup (much more common in Australia and the U.K but can be found here in the U.S), which gave a lovely flavor. I did the raisins, chocolate and peanut butter chips for my first try, but can see a lot of yummy variations in my future. For nutritional info I logged the recipe into ‘myfitnesspal’ app, and I yielded 20 cookies at around 115 cal each, depending on your add ins.

    • Thanks for plugging the data into your app! I don’t have that one and so I appreciate your legwork and so glad you’re loving the cookies! Golden syrup is great stuff, as are raisins, choc & PB chips. Sounds like a great cookie!

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  21. hi! These look amazing. I can’t wait to try them. Has anyone calculated the calories or fat grams or any othernutrional information? Thanks!!!

  22. made these last night and Wow! the kids and I loved them… Thank you1

  23. Yay! Healthy cookies that taste GOOD! I just made these today, and they are super yummy. :o) I will be checking out more of your recipes soon! Thanks!

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  26. Had some ripe bananas that needed using so I was happy to find this recipe. The cookies turned out delicious with great texture and flavor. And the fact that they’re healthy made them all the better! Thanks for another great recipe, Averie. I can always count on you :)

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