Whether you love baking with oat flour already or are trying it out for the first time, you have got to try these vegan cookies!
With just the right amount of chocolaty-chippity goodness, these chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are sure to please.
I find oat flour to be a great gluten-free flour to work with and not only use it for baked goods like in these vegan almond butter cookies and these vegan brownie bites, but also for no-bake treats such as these chocolate chip cookie dough balls and these peanut butter energy balls.
Why you'll love this recipe
- Oat flour takes your classic chocolate chip cookies up to a whole new level
- No kneading the dough
- No chilling the dough or having to wait for the dough to rest
- No white sugar like other chocolate chip cookie recipes- but still delicious and sweet from the coconut sugar and other simple ingredients
- These aren't flat, dry cookies; they have a nice chewy texture with golden brown edges
- Vegan, nut-free, dairy-free, oil-free, gluten-free cookie recipe! And they're still soooo delicious!
- Fantastic cookie recipe that gives you yummy cookies in just over 20 minutes from start to finish- you can't beat this quick and simple recipe!
- These cookies are made with a combination of gluten-free oat flour and rolled oats rather than all-purpose wheat flour. Since oats can be subjected to cross-contamination, be sure to use certified gluten-free oat flour as well as certified gluten-free rolled oats.
- This recipe uses dairy-free butter and vegan, dark chocolate chips instead of dairy-based butter and dairy-containing chocolate chips as well as aquafaba in place of eggs. If you're not familiar with aquafaba, it is the liquid found in a can of chickpeas...and it works amazingly well as an egg replacement. Find out more about aquafaba here.
- Instead of using refined granulated sugar, this recipes uses unrefined, organic coconut sugar.
- Other ingredients include unsweetened shredded coconut, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
How to make oat flour chocolate chip cookies
Preheat your oven to 350º F.
Then, line a half baking sheet (or 2 smaller baking sheets that fit side by side in the oven) with parchment paper.
Add the butter, coconut sugar, aquafaba and vanilla to a large mixing bowl.
Mix the wet ingredients together with a wooden spoon until well combined.
In a medium bowl, combine the oat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Whisk to combine.
Pour the combined dry ingredients into the combined wet ingredients.
Stir to combine the dry and wet ingredients together.
Add the oats.
Stir to combine.
Add the coconut and chocolate chips.
Fold to combine.
Create dough balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet(s).
Or, you can use a cookie scoop to get similar sized oat flour cookie dough balls.
Press down on each dough ball lightly with your fingertips.
Bake cookies for approximately 12-16 minutes until they are set and the edges appear light golden brown.
Tips for best results
- Be sure to use vegan buttery sticks rather than the spreadable vegan butter in the tub.
- Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for approximately 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to continue to cool. You want to allow the baked cookies to set before moving them, so that they do not fall apart.
- Use room temperature wet ingredients if possible, especially room temperature softened butter, as it creams and mixes easier with the other ingredients.
- Don't overbake the cookies since they'll be sitting on the baking sheets once you pull them out of the oven, they'll bake a little more once you remove them from the heat of the baking sheets.
- You can use a hand mixer or stand mixer with the paddle attachment to mix the wet ingredients together. Using an electric mixer of some sort compared to hand mixing typically gives you a creamier mixture and less gritty cookies. But use whatever you have on hand.
Variations for oat flour cookies
- You can substitute chocolate chunks for chocolate chips if you'd prefer...
- Or, you can totally change out the chocolate chips for raisins instead...
- Or, if you are not nut-free, you can swap the chocolate chips for chopped pecans or walnuts or use half raisins and half nuts. Then add ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon to the flour mixture.
- You can use store-bought oat flour, or make your own homemade oat flour for these delicious cookies.
Your oat flour chocolate chunk cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
Unlike traditional chocolate chip cookies that may harden over time, these will continue to soften during storage.
Frequently asked questions
All you need to do to make your own oat flour is add whole rolled oats (certified GF if needed) to a blender or food processor. A food processor will work best to grind the oats into a fine powder that you can then use for all your gluten-free baking needs. You can then use it to make these vegan oat flour cookies or other vegan baked goods as well.
The best way to store all cookie recipes that you've baked, is to let them cool completely on the cookie sheet or cooling rack and then store them in an airtight container. If you want to freeze these decadent oat flour cookies, you can as well by storing them in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag for up to 6 months.
You can, but it's important that you make sure that you're swapping out the flours in the correct way. If a recipe calls for all-purpose flour and you want to swap with oat flour, you'll want to swap out by weight, not measurement. Using a kitchen scale is important when it comes to using oat flour instead of white flour.
Oat flour recipes tend to offer more fiber, protein, and other healthy nutrients than recipes made with traditional white flour. It has a nice sweet and slightly nutty flavor that really makes these oat flour cookies stand apart from other recipes.
Oat Flour Cookies
- 6 tablespoon vegan buttery sticks, softened
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 3 tablespoon aquafaba (in liquid form, not whipped)
- 1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup gluten-free, whole-grain oat flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup gluten-free, old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup vegan, refined sugar-free chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350º F and line a half sheet baking pan with parchment paper (or two smaller baking sheets that fit side by side on the center oven rack).
- Mix together butter, coconut sugar, aquafaba and vanilla in a large bowl until well combined.
- In another bowl, combine oat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Pour flour mixture into butter mixture and stir to combine.
- Stir in oats.
- Fold in coconut and chocolate chips.
- Use a cookie scoop (I used a #30 disher) or your hands to create 16 dough balls and place them on the baking sheet(s) 1-2 inches apart. Press down on each dough ball lightly with your fingertips.
- Bake for approximately 12-16 minutes on the center rack until cookies are set and edges appear light golden brown.
- Cool on baking sheet for approximately 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to continue to cool.
(Please refer to the post above for instructional photographs and other helpful information for this recipe)
- Substitute chocolate chunks for chocolate chips.
- Use raisins instead of chocolate chips.
- If you are not nut-free, try swapping the chocolate chips for chopped pecans or walnuts or use half raisins and half nuts. Then add ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon to the flour mixture.
This post originally appeared on Watch Learn Eat on December 21, 2019. It has been republished to reflect recipe, photo and content revisions.
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I am a huge fan of oat flour in my baked goods and these oat flour cookies sound so good! I will definitely need to bookmark this for later. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much, Christie! I love using oat flour too! 🙂
If we aren't cooking vegan, what is the egg replacement for the aquafaba? Thanks for the Gluten Free cookie.
Hi Kate! You can use 1 egg in place of the aquafaba. Hope you enjoy! Have an awesome weekend! 🙂
I just made this cookies they come up great I just change the coconut sugar instead I used some mix of moscabado sugar with stevia ?
Thank you Elsa! I'm so glad you loved the cookies! Thanks for sharing your experience with the sugar swap! 🙂
How much coconut oil? It’s not specified
Hi Jackie, thanks for stopping by...there is no coconut oil in this recipe but I suppose you could use it in place of the vegan butter, although I have not tested this. I would try using the same amount (6 tbsp.) if you do try it. Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions. Hope you have a great day! 🙂
PS - Sorry for the typo in the directions...didn't even realize it was in there. I updated it. 🙂