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Healthy Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

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Remember the chocolate oatmeal cookies you used to eat as a kid? Sometime back, I decided to play around in the kitchen a bit. These chocolate oatmeal cookies are what I came up with as a much healthier version.

white plate with chocolate oatmeal cookies,scoop with oats in background

Made with peanut butter, bananas, applesauce, and oats, these delicious cookies are loaded with fiber and other healthy nutrients. Believe it or not, they are much lower in fat too.

chocolate oatmeal cookies on plate with cup of coffee

They go perfectly with a glass of almond milk or some herbal tea or coffee. I vote for curling up with a great book and enjoying them.

You’ll love these vegan cookies because they’re…

  • Healthy
  • Chocolatey
  • Easy to make
  • Oil-free
  • Perfectly sweet

Of course, the main ingredient is oats, and that’s about all the traditional recipe had going for it, but that’s not the case with these cookies.

Those older cookies were laden with butter, white sugar, and milk. But, these are dairy-free, gluten-free, and oil-free!

How to make chocolate oatmeal cookies

These healthy cookies are so easy to make, even the kids can help with them.

Begin by heating the oven to 350°F, and then line a baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking and to make clean up a breeze.

banana being mashed with potato masher in mixing bowl

Next, mash 2 ripe bananas in a large bowl mixing bowl with a potato masher or fork.

Once the bananas are mashed well, add the applesauce, peanut butter (or PB2 for lower fat), brown sugar (or another sweetener), cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla extract, and mix well.

banana, applesauce, cocoa in mixing bowl with whisk

Making your own applesauce

Often I get messages from people who live in countries other than the United States saying that they don’t have apple sauce where they live and asking if they can make their own. The answer is YES!

Making your own applesauce is actually the best way to ensure you are familiar with all the ingredients. To make two cups of applesauce, simply:

  • Core, peel, and slice four apples
  • Steam the slices in a covered pot with enough water to nearly cover the apples for 5-7 minutes or until tender.
  • Turn the apples into a sauce by pureeing with an immersion blender or a high-speed blender.

You will only need 1/4 cup of the applesauce for this recipe, so you can save the rest to snack on or add to other recipes like my Banana Oatmeal Pancakes.

oats in chocolate batter for cookies in large bowl

Next, in the recipe, add the old-fashioned oats to the mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients and stir until well combined.

Then, drop rounded spoonfuls of the batter onto a prepared baking sheet and gently press with a fork to flatten a bit. I use the fork to help round up the edges a bit as well.

oatmeal cookies on baking sheet

Bake for 15-20 minutes then remove from the oven and allow to cool. Serve and enjoy!

These cookies are loaded with chocolatey flavor and will bring back childhood memories!

*Originally published November 2017.

Q: Are these cookies gluten-free?

A: Yes, oats and all other ingredients are naturally gluten-free. Just make sure when purchasing the oats that they are guaranteed not to have gluten from contamination of other products in the producer’s facility.

Q: Can I use date paste or another sweetener?

A: Yes, date paste at a ratio of 1:1 or other sweeteners should work just fine in this recipe.

Q: Are the cookies hard or gooey?

A: These chocoloate oatmeal cookies are soft and chewy and absolutely delicious.

Q: Can I make them without peanut butter?

A: Absolutely. The peanut butter can be left out. If the batter needs a little more moisture, just add an additional tablespoon of applesauce.

Q: What if I can’t find applesauce?

A: No problem. I’ve included instructions for how to make your own applesauce in the recipe above.

vegan oatmeal cookies on white plate with almond milk

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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 12 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Remember the chocolate oatmeal cookies you used to eat as a kid? Sometime back, I decided to play around in the kitchen a bit. These chocolate oatmeal cookies are what I came up with as a much healthier version.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Begin by heating the oven to 350°F, and then line a baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking and to make clean up a breeze.
  2. Next, mash 2 ripe bananas in a large bowl mixing bowl with a potato masher or fork.
  3. Once the bananas are mashed well, add the applesauce, peanut butter (or PB2 for lower fat), brown sugar (or another sweetener), cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla extract, and mix well.
  4. I've included instructions for how to make your own applesauce above for those that might not have access to it in their area.
  5. Next, in the recipe, add the old-fashioned oats to the mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients and stir until well combined.
  6. Then, drop rounded spoonfuls of the batter onto a prepared baking sheet then gently press with a fork to flatten a bit. I use the fork to help round up the edges a bit as well.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes then remove from the oven and allow to cool. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 11gProtein: 4g

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Jerry clark

Sunday 8th of July 2018

Love anything oatmeal these are great

katy

Thursday 31st of May 2018

Im allergic to bananas. What else could I use as a substitute that wouldnt alter the taste to much? Thanks in advance.

EatPlant-Based.com

Thursday 31st of May 2018

I think it would be okay to sub out the bananas for another 1/3 cup of apple sauce.

Sherri

Monday 12th of February 2018

I would like to use dates instead of the sugar and agave. I'd puree then with the fruit. How many medjul dates would you use?

EatPlant-Based.com

Tuesday 13th of February 2018

Sherri, the rule of thumb for replacing sweetener with date paste is 1 cup sugar = 1 cup date paste. For the agave, I think I would start out with the same ratio. This site has some great tips. https://www.healwithfood.org/substitute/using-dates-as-substitute-for-sugar-conversion-ratio.php

Marian Erickson

Friday 1st of December 2017

Bananas vary in size, so unless the recipe lists the quantity in a specific amount, I avoid these recipes.

EatPlant-Based.com

Friday 1st of December 2017

2 medium bananas = 2/3 cups mashed bananas.

leftylen

Thursday 30th of November 2017

In the time it took me to register with Gravatar you fixed the banana issue. Well done. Will try these soon.

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