These oatmeal chia cookies are perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack. The texture is chewy and similar to baked oatmeal. Plus they’re portable and great for meal prep!

I’ve been seeing a bunch of 2 ingredient cookie recipes around the web recently and finally decided to try my hand at making a version of my own. I worked really hard to keep the ingredient list short and sweet, but I had to add a few things — just like seven or so, no big deal.

Stack of oatmeal chia cookies with chocolate chips.
And oh well, the additional ingredients are worth it because these chia cookies are GOOD! Plus, it’s a recipe that allows you to have cookies for breakfast — that counts for something, right? Surely it does…

Oatmeal chia cookie batter in a glass mixing bowl with a gold spoon.

How to Make Chia Cookies

These cookies are made without any added sugar (except the sugar in the dark chocolate chips), no dairy or eggs and they can easily be made gluten-free if you make sure to purchase gluten-free oats.

They’re also packed with hearty and healthy ingredients that will keep you feeling full all morning. Chia seeds, oats, almond butter, coconut, dates… basically every ingredient in these cookies is healthy. They’re flourless so the texture is bit more chewy and similar to baked oatmeal so I’m deeming them breakfast cookies.

Hand holding an oatmeal chia cookies with flecks of coconut and chocolate chips.

I’ve been eating them for breakfast and as a snack! They’re perfect for either situation and would be great to make as a brunch treat as well. If you’re making them strictly for breakfast and would like to cut out the chocolate, that’s cool. But I will admit, it’s pretty fun having chocolate for breakfast. Try it!

Cookie sheet with baked oatmeal chia cookies with coconut and chocolate chips.

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Hand holding an oatmeal chia cookies with flecks of coconut and chocolate chips.

Oatmeal Chia Cookies


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15

Description

These oatmeal chia cookies are flourless so the texture is chewy and similar to baked oatmeal. They’re healthy, portable and delicious!


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks, carob chips or cacao nibs (dairy-free, if needed)
  • 1 Tablespoon creamy almond butter
  • large pinch of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the chia seeds and almond milk and let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes, or until the chia seeds have created a nice gel-like consistency.
  3. Pour the chia seed gel into a medium sized mixing bowl and add in the mashed bananas, oats, coconut, almond butter and cinnamon until well combined.
  4. Gently stir in the dates and chocolate chunks.
  5. Scoop out dough (about 1-2 tablespoons worth) onto a baking stone or a greased cookie sheet and use a fork to press the dough down a little to make more of a cookie shape. You should get about 15 cookies.
  6. Place in oven and bake for 17-20 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookies have browned a tiny bit.
  7. Take them out, let cool and enjoy.
  8. Store leftovers in a sealed storage container in the fridge. They should last 5-7 days.

Notes

  • The almond butter can be substituted with any other nut butter – peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, etc.
  • The medjool dates can be substituted with dried fruit like raisins, cranberries or chopped dried figs.
  • The shredded coconut can be left out or substitute with another mix-in of your choice.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 79
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 2g

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    193 comments
    1. Missy
      January 24, 2021 AT 5:24 am

      Thank you for this recipe! Definitely a keepsake. I used what i had on hand so I replaced the dates with craisins and peanut instead of almond butter and it was still a hit. I love finding healthy cookies that taste like a treat!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 24, 2021 AT 8:14 pm

        So glad you loved these cookies, Missy. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Teresa
      January 23, 2021 AT 7:03 pm

      I don’t bake very often but made these for my sister after she sent me the link to the recipe via messenger. HINT, HINT… lol. They are great especially for being GF, low sugar and mostly dairy free. I used figs and peanut butter. I didn’t have cinnamon so will add next time. I will share them with my sister a couple of cookies at a time. After I sampled one, they went straight into the freezer. Thank you.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 24, 2021 AT 8:23 pm

        So glad these cookies were a hit!! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it. 🙂

    3. Jenny
      January 23, 2021 AT 2:25 pm

      Hi, is it possible to adapt this recipe for a nut allergy? Can any type of milk be used instead of almond milk? Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 24, 2021 AT 8:27 pm

        Hey Jenny – yes, any type of milk will work and you can use tahini or sunflower seed butter instead of almond butter.

    4. Michele
      January 23, 2021 AT 12:39 pm

      Delicious! Thank you 🙂

    5. Jill
      December 7, 2020 AT 12:51 am

      These will be a regular for me! They come in handy as a quick breakfast or snack.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 8, 2020 AT 1:12 am

        Aren’t they the best?! So glad you enjoyed these cookies, Jill. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I appreciate it.

    6. Veronica
      December 5, 2020 AT 5:49 pm

      I’m just baking these cookies and the smell in my house is awesome! These are unusual ingredients for cookies here in Puerto Rico, but I’m sure everybody will enjoy them. Can wait to try and share them.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 8, 2020 AT 1:18 am

        What did you think of them, Veronica?!

    7. Peggy
      December 4, 2020 AT 11:04 pm

      Can I omit or substitute the dates? I am allergic to them?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 5, 2020 AT 12:03 am

        Totally. You can sub them with raisins or another dried fruit.

    8. Charlotte
      November 10, 2020 AT 11:19 am

      I made a variation of these cookies with what I had and I was so impressed! Even my boyfriend, who doesn’t like “health foods”, ate several! Thank you for the recipe 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 10, 2020 AT 5:13 pm

        So glad these cookies were a hit, Charlotte!!

    9. Jessica
      November 8, 2020 AT 3:47 am

      OMG!! these cookies are heaven! guilt-free indulgence! Hahaha! stumbled across your recipe because my sister kept bugging me about making healthy cookies. I added almonds and walnuts along with the dark choco chips and it was a hit! might post photos of it on instagram and tag you! 🙂 Thank you for this recipe! 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 9, 2020 AT 12:06 am

        Thank you for the review, Jessica!! So pumped you loved these cookies. 🙂

    10. Caroline
      November 5, 2020 AT 8:19 am

      This recipe is so delicious. I recently gave a batch to our nephew and his family and the text I received read (OMG those cookies were delicious). I had printed off the recipe so I am certain they will be using your wonderful recipes as well. Would frozen bananas work well for this recipe? Thank you for sharing your fabulous recipes!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 5, 2020 AT 8:51 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Caroline! I’m so glad these cookies were a hit. 🙂 I have never tried frozen bananas and I don’t think they’d work in this recipe.

    11. Alissa
      September 6, 2020 AT 8:06 pm

      These are amazing!! I used seed butter and sugar free chocolate chips. Really delicious and will be gone so fast 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 7, 2020 AT 5:41 pm

        So glad you’re loving these cookies, Alissa!! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    12. Rachelle
      September 5, 2020 AT 8:00 pm

      These are amazing cookies. My small scoop made 18. I forgot to flatten them so they looked more like mounds but still quite delish. I used soy milk instead of almond milk as that was what I had. I added a tsp of vanilla too. I had some dried figs so I diced a couple of those and threw them in with the dates. Really nice “cookie” that makes an excellent snack. I have made this type of banana/oat cookie with flax but this was a better recipe. Be sure to use super ripe bananas.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 7, 2020 AT 5:48 pm

        I’m so glad you’re enjoying these cookies, Rachelle! Thanks for making them and for sharing the subs you made. It’s super helpful for future readers, so I really appreciate it. 🙂

    13. Vanessa
      July 11, 2020 AT 2:54 pm

      I always have such success with your recipes so now that my 11 year old is starting to bake I suggested she give these a whirl. Another hit! Entire family devoured them. She’s going to bookmark these to make again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 13, 2020 AT 12:53 pm

        Ahh yay! That makes me so happy to hear, Vanessa! I’m glad these cookies were a hit. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    14. Sian
      July 2, 2020 AT 6:19 am

      Absolutely love these cookies! Perfect substitute for oat&raisin cookies which are my downfall.
      Thanks for the great recipe 😊 I will be trying some more of your recipes soon.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 2, 2020 AT 8:22 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad you enjoyed these cookies, Sian. Thanks for making my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It’s super helpful for other readers, so I appreciate it. 🙂

    15. Tara
      June 6, 2020 AT 10:07 pm

      I love these! Thank you for sharing. Followed the recipe exactly.

    16. Michele
      May 30, 2020 AT 11:25 am

      These are fantastic! I couldn’t find dates so I used raisins, and they are delicious. Almost everything else I had on hand, and they were a breeze to make!

    17. Kathleen Petersen
      May 21, 2020 AT 12:35 pm

      I am not a cookie lover at all. These are amazing and have changed my mind on cookies.

      Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 21, 2020 AT 3:25 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Kathleen!! I’m so glad you’re enjoying these cookies. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    18. Sophie
      May 13, 2020 AT 1:58 pm

      Can’t wait to try these! Can I also add flaxseed to them?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 13, 2020 AT 2:31 pm

        Yes, definitely!

    19. Bethany
      April 27, 2020 AT 10:55 pm

      Amazing! I am a new Vegan and these are wonderful!
      Also, Thank you for having the Pinterest link go straight to the recipe. I’m really looking forward to reading your blog, 😊

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 28, 2020 AT 12:30 am

        Ahh yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies, Bethany. 🙂 Thanks so much for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me!

    20. Angela Clinton
      April 21, 2020 AT 8:06 pm

      I really enjoyed these cookies. I added keto maple syrup, swerve, and pumpkin pie spice to add a little more zing. I didn’t measure just toss what I thought it would need. Came out much more sweeter like I like cookies to be. Plus I use dried cranberries. Great recipe

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 23, 2020 AT 1:18 pm

        I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Angela! Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me!

    21. Melodie Clare
      April 16, 2020 AT 1:50 pm

      Is there an alternative to using the oats? I want to make them for a friend but she does not eat grains. LOVE the original recipe for myself though ❤️

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 17, 2020 AT 6:52 pm

        Mmm, so does she not eat quinoa either? I was going to say you could try cooked quinoa. If not, you could maybe try a flour instead of the oats? I’m not sure though since I haven’t tried it. Feel free to experiment though!

    22. Arpita
      April 14, 2020 AT 7:12 am

      Can I substitute the nit butter for anything else??

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 14, 2020 AT 1:03 pm

        You could sub in any other nut butter, sun butter or even tahini!

    23. Ashlee
      April 11, 2020 AT 4:57 pm

      My neighbor made me and my husband masks to where out during this crazy time. I decided to make her these cookies as a thank you. They were a huge hit. So easy to make, and of course I tried a couple before leaving the batch in front of her door. I’m in love. Thanks for the recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 13, 2020 AT 10:33 pm

        Ahh I love that!! I’m so glad these cookies were a hit. Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating, Ashlee. I really appreciate it. <3

    24. Lexi
      April 11, 2020 AT 3:01 am

      i used sunbutter instead of almond butter and they turned out great. Super easy to make too

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 13, 2020 AT 10:37 pm

        I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies, Lexi! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    25. Natasha
      April 5, 2020 AT 3:47 pm

      These are my in-laws favorite cookie and my husband and I also love them. They usually disappear off the plate within 24 hours and it’s a cookie you don’t have to feel guilty about since they are so healthy!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2020 AT 11:51 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Natasha! I’m so glad these cookies are a hit with your entire family. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

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