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healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack with sea salt on the side

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (vegan & gluten free!)

My very favorite healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that just so happen to be vegan and gluten free. This easy, healthy oatmeal cookie recipe is perfect for lactating mamas or kids thanks to flax, oats and plenty of healthy fats. These chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are outrageously delicious!

Course Cookies, Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Vegan
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, healthy oatmeal cookies, vegan oatmeal cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 cookies
Calories 219 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons room temperature water
  • 1/4 cup melted and cooled coconut oil*
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup gluten free oat flour
  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (do not use big coconut flakes)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, vegan/dairy free if desired
  • Fancy sea salt, for sprinkling on top


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flaxseed meal and water, let it sit for 5 minutes while you get all your other ingredients ready. After 5 minutes the ‘flaxegg’ will be ready and you can add the melted and cooled coconut oil, coconut sugar and vanilla extract to the bowl; whisk together until smooth.
  3. Next add in the oat flour, rolled oats, shredded coconut, baking soda and salt. Mix until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Use a medium cookie scoop and place about 1 heaping tablespoon dough on prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. You should get 10 cookies. If you want thicker cookies, leave as is. If you want slightly thinner cookies, very gently push ONLY the top of the cookie down just a very tiny bit. Don’t overdo it -- these are vegan cookies and we want them to stick together!

  5. Bake cookies for 9-12 minutes until edges are just slightly golden brown. Once cookies come out of oven, sprinkle the tops with fancy sea salt. 

  6. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 10-15 minutes before removing and transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Leaving them on the baking sheet will help them settle up and hold together. Makes 10 cookies.

Recipe Notes

If you want to use a regular egg, you can, you just may need to add in a tablespoon or two of extra oat flour. I haven't tested these with a regular egg though so I can't be certain.

The shredded coconut helps to bind these cookies together and give them extra flavor so I would not suggest leaving it out. If you want to leave it out, simply add in 1/4 cup more oat flour.

Feel free to use regular melted butter instead of coconut oil if you are not vegan/dairy free.

If you want additional healthy fats, feel free to add in ¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (vegan & gluten free!)
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 115
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.8g20%
Saturated Fat 9.6g60%
Carbohydrates 27.1g9%
Fiber 2.6g11%
Sugar 15.6g17%
Protein 1.9g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.