These healthy oatmeal cookies are chewy and perfect for holiday baking! They're made with simple ingredients with no dairy, eggs, or gluten.
Kicking off the holiday baking with these healthy cranberry oatmeal cookies! I'm surprised I haven't posted this one yet considering how often I make them.
They're super chewy and soft, just sweet enough, with a nice tang from the cranberries. They're refined sugar free, vegan, and gluten free too!
I know white chocolate isn't vegan (although there are a few brands of vegan white chocolate!) so feel free to skip it...I just love the contrast of the sweet and rich chips with the sour dried cranberries.
This is a pretty simple recipe so I don't have too much to elaborate on...but it's definitely one worth making!
Key Ingredients in Vegan + Gluten Free Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
While it is a very simple recipe, these ingredients are key to it's success!
Gluten Free Rolled Oats: pretty obvious considering these are oatmeal cookies. Just be sure to use rolled oats (aka old fashioned), not quick oats for the best texture. Also check to make sure it's certified gluten free, as not all are!
Oat Flour: ideally you should get this from a store for the best texture, but you can just blend oats into a fine powder if you don't have any.
Maple syrup: I've also had success with honey, if you're not vegan. That's the only substitution I've tried, but maple syrup really adds a nice sweetness without any refined sugars!
Coconut Sugar: another unrefined sweetener, but granulated! You can try pretty much any granulated sweetener; I also love using cane sugar.
Avocado oil: only 2 tablespoons of oil in this whole batch! I love avocado oil because it has a neutral taste, healthy fats, and it's not chemically processed! Feel free to sub for any neutral oil.
Unsweetened Applesauce: an oil substitute! It adds moisture with health benefits, since it's literally grated apples. It also makes these cookies lighter so they're not super heavy.
Chia Seeds: last but definitely not least! These nutrient-dense seeds are really what hold these cookies together, since there's no eggs (although you can use 2 eggs in it's place if you don't have any). Flaxseed meal also works!
I really hope you like this recipe! If you decide to make it, I'd love if you could post a picture/story and tag me @nutritiousdelights on Instagram so I can see!💕
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Healthy Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies (Vegan, Gluten Free)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds or flax meal
- 6 tablespoons water
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil or any neutral oil
- ¼ cup coconut sugar or any granulated sweetener
- ¼ cup maple syrup or other natural syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cup oat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries
- ⅓ cup vegan white chocolate chips optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Mix the chia seeds in water and set aside to rest for 5-10 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together oat flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- In a large bowl, whisk the chia seeds mixture (which should have gelled), applesauce, oil, sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Fold in the dry ingredients as well as the white chocolate and cranberries.
- Scoop about a tablespoon of batter on your prepared baking sheet, or use a cookie scoop. Flatten the cookies in a circle using a spoon.
- Bake for about 10 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack or enjoy immediately.