The BEST Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Healthy oatmeal cookies made with fiber-rich oats, coconut sugar and coconut oil and applesauce instead of butter. One cookie has about 115 calories! Naturally gluten-free and dairy-free.

Dairy-free chewy oatmeal cookies sitting on a drying rack and plate

I’ve been looking back on the EBF archives and noticed that I have a ton of awesome healthy cookie recipes, but there are a few that are old and outdated they need to be spruced up before I share them again.

These healthy oatmeal cookies are a great example. The first time I shared the recipe was back in 2012. I made the cookies for a New Year’s Eve party. They were a big hit, but the recipe needed a bit more testing and the photos were in dire need of an upgrade. It’s so funny because back in the day, my site was more of a journal so everything I posted was essentially a recap and many of the recipes I shared were things I’d only made once. Obviously, there wasn’t much recipe testing involved.

And when it came to holiday recipes, I was usually posting them after the fact. I remember one year I posted my healthy sweet potato casserole after Thanksgiving and said, “I know it’s late but you can always save the recipe and make it next Thanksgiving.” Who does that?

I quickly realized this wasn’t ideal so now I have an editorial calendar and I plan in advance what I’m going to post, with seasonal trends and holidays in mind. That way I’m posting content and recipes that are timely and useful to you when I post them. I’m honestly not the best at being ahead of schedule and having things planned out, but it’s something I’m definitely working on and being more organized and efficient within EBF is a goal I have for 2018.

A group of healthy oatmeal cookies sitting on a plate

Anyhow, enough about that… let’s chat about the fact that these oatmeal cookies are absolutely delicious. They are perfect for a vegetarian or paleo diet. I love the combo of oatmeal, raisin and cinnamon, so oatmeal raisin cookies are one of my all-time favorites.

This recipe is super easy to follow and naturally gluten-free because we’re using oats and oat flour as the base. If you’re new to using oat flour, it’s essentially just rolled oats ground up into a fine flour. You can find it at most grocery stores in the natural section (I usually buy the Bob’s Red Mill brand) or simply make your own by processing rolled oats in your food processor or high speed blender.

A woman holding a dairy-free chewy oatmeal cookies above a plate

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If you make these healthy oatmeal cookies let me know how they turn out by leaving a comment and a star rating below. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers. 

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Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24


These healthy oatmeal cookies are made with fiber-rich oats, coconut sugar and coconut oil and applesauce instead of butter. They are easy to whip up and are naturally gluten and dairy-free and paleo-friendly. 


  • 2 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons applesauce
  • 1 cup coconut sugar (organic brown sugar works too)
  • 2 egg whites (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dark chocolate chocolate chips or your favorite mix-in


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Spray two baking sheets with cooking spray or line with silpat mats and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl with the mixer set on medium speed, beat together oil, applesauce, sugar, eggs whites and vanilla until fluffy and smooth. Slowly beat in the oat mixture. Lightly stir in raisins.
  5. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Press each cookie down with a fork a bit. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. The cookies will seem a little soft, but do not over bake or they’ll get too crisp. Remove from oven and let cool on sheet for about 5 minutes or until they start to harden up a bit. At this point you can transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Cookies


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 116
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 65mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0

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  1. I’m thoroughly confused as to what I might have done wrong with this recipe. I have gone over it multiple times and as far as I can tell I followed it precisely, but my cookies came out thin and crumbly. Even before baking the batter appeared weak (gooey and thin for an oatmeal cookie) and I questioned whether the result would be good, and it wasn’t. It tasted okay (not great) but is crumbly and spread more than it should have. One thing I did notice from the video is that the coconut sugar in your video appears to be lighter in color and more consistent in texture. But what I purchased is simply coconut sugar so I’m not sure why it would appear different. My overall batter and cookie in the end looks darker than yours, too. Really disappointed because I tried to be precise and didn’t change any ingredients.
    Any ideas what I might have done wrong? My applesauce was cold, and my oat flour was chilled—could that have been it? I suspect it may be something with the sugar but I don’t know what.

    Clearly this recipe works because you and others have had had success but I can’t tell where I might have gone wrong.

    • Oh no!! I’m so sorry to hear that these cookies didn’t turn out for you, Victoria. The sugar shouldn’t have made a difference if you had coconut sugar. Did you use egg whites or full eggs? The fact that they turned out crumbly after being cooked makes me think they were cooked too long or needed a splash of liquid in the batter.

  2. Baking as we speak. They really smell good. I added walnuts to. I am wondering how healthy these are for a diabetic? I also used parchment paper instead of spray. This is also the first time to use coconut sugar, it seems to have a burned flavor. Overall I think they are a good alternative to prossesed flour.

  3. Haven’t tried the cookies yet but soon. I’ll likely use part wheat pastry flour for the oat flour and sub olive oil for the Coconut. Hate wasting eggs, so can I use whole eggs? If so, do I use one or two as that as that’s more liquid? Thanks.

  4. Hi! Could I use corn oil instead of coconut oil? Do you think if I spread out the dough a bit thinner I could achieve a crunchy outside instead of a the cookie being all the way chewy?

    • I bet corn oil would work just fine, Celien! And that should work if you want to achieve a crunchier cookie. Just keep an eye on them as they might not need to cook as long if they are thinner. Let me know how they turn out if you end up making them!

  5. I tried REALLY hard. I even made the applesauce from scratch (based on the recipe here actually). The applesauce turned out great but the cookies not so much. I followed all the instructions except I ran out of coconut oil and added some light olive oil for the rest of the oil ratio. I also only used baking powder because there is no baking soda in my country (but that should be fine because our cookies are usually pretty good around here though we just use baking powder.) The cookies tasted a bit sour and felt raw to me. I would want to try them once more to see if I made a mistake with mixing the egg mixture, but for now this is my review.

    • Oh no!! So sorry to hear that these cookies didn’t turn out for you, Asli. Did you just use 1/2 tsp of baking powder or did you use 1 tsp? When you say they felt raw… were they gooey like undercooked?

  6. These are the best oatmeal cookies I have ever had! I had to make some modifications: I replaced the oat flour with whole wheat flour, and I used chocolate chips instead of the raisins, and I also added 40g of dessiccated coconut which brought up the calorie count a bit- but they are amazing! So delicious, chewy, and filling! I will no doubt make them again; thank you!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Cat!! I’m so glad you’re a fan of these cookies. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. The reviews are super helpful for other readers, so I appreciate it. 🙂

  7. Hi, my friend is allergic to apples, can I use a ripe mushed banana instead of Apple sauce?

  8. These were delicious! I used almond flour and I didn’t have applesauce so I used 1/3 to 1/2 of a banana. I also was low on add-ins so I did a combo of choc chips, dried cherries, and walnuts to equal 1/2 a cup, wish I had added a little more since it was three different things. So good!

    • Ahh yay!! So glad these cookies turned out. Thanks for sharing the subs you made and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It’s super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it. <3

  9. Hi,. Thanks for the beautiful recipe and your blog is very beautiful too.
    I tried this recipe for oat cookies and it didn’t turn out at all.
    It was just mushy and came apart, didn’t stay together.
    The only thing I didn’t have was applesauce, which I substituted with golden syrup.

    • Hey Carene – So sorry these cookies didn’t turn out for you. The applesauce helps to bind the cookies in addition to the eggs. I would suggest subbing it with mashed bananas next time if you don’t have applesauce on hand. The syrup probably made the dough too liquidy, which made the cookies mushy.

    • Hey Brielle – I haven’t tried these cookies with a different flour besides the oat flour. I wouldn’t use coconut flour as that can’t be subbed 1:1 with other flours and it soaks up way more liquid. I would try almond flour first, but I haven’t tested it so I’m not sure if these cookies would turn out the same. Let me know if you try it though!!

  10. This is a great recipe and easy to make! Cookies turned out nice and chewy. I used all coconut oil. Glad to be able to make healthy sweet treats!

  11. I LOVE these cookies! They are so delicious and easy. I make them every other week and I can’t get enough. I’ve started getting “crazy” with my mix-ins and used dried cherries and apricots.They make me so excited! Thank you so much!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Laura!! I’m so glad you’re loving these cookies and getting creative with the add-ins. 🙂 Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it!

  12. Best healthy oatmeal cookie ever! Hard to believe they’re healthy with such a great taste! Thank you. Will be making these again.

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Kimberly. I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies. Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me. <3

  13. I used coconut flour instead of oat flour (this was an accident). The cookies were baked and looked crispy, but did not hold together at all. I nudged one with a spoon and it completely fell apart 🙁 I wonder if the issue was the coconut flour.

    Taste yummy, but cant really be eaten as a cookie, more as a crumble.

    • Hey Effie – I’m so sorry to hear that!! It was definitely because you used coconut flour versus oat flour. Coconut flour can’t be used as a 1:1 substitute for other flours as it soaks up way more liquid, so that makes sense why the cookies were dry and crumbly.

  14. These cookies are a healthier version of a favorite; however, the is no joy when eating them. I followed the recipe, cutting the batch in two and adding walnuts to one batch. They lack flavor. They also took much longer to bake than the recipe suggests. I left them in for 15 minutes and let them set, but had to bake them for longer to cook. The second batch I baked at 370 degrees for 20 minutes and this helped. I plan to melt down dark chocolate to drizzle over them to add flavor. I wont use this recipe again, sorry to say.

  15. Loved these cookies! I didn’t have chocolate chips or raisins and had to sub oat flour for chickpea flour, and they still came out amazing!

  16. I just cooked this!! It’s really delicious. Personally, I don’t really like sweet desserts so it was really good for me. After baking this, I’m going to look for more recipes for Healthy cookie 🍪 Thank u for sharing ur recipes!!!

  17. I want to try this for a work event! Is the oat flour a must or is there another substitute? Can I also use different type of sugar? Would it be ok to use apple sauce and also mashed banana?

    • Hey Haley! I haven’t tried these cookies with a different flour besides the oat flour. You could possibly try regular flour, gluten-free all-purpose or almond flour, but you might need to alter the amount. You’d probably need a little less flour if using something other than oat. I’m not sure if I would use the applesauce / mashed bananas as a substitute for the sugar. It would probably make the dough too liquidy. You could use brown sugar instead of the coconut sugar! Let me know how these cookies turn out for you. 🙂

  18. My children love these cookies! I use 1/2 cup caster sugar instead of coconut sugar and an egg replacement (daughter had an egg allergy). Thank you!

  19. Just made this recipe and they turned out fabulous. I only had dried cranberries and so made a little substitute and they were great. Thanks for the easy, healthy, and delicious recipe, Can’t wait to try some more of yours!

  20. Hi! Really love the recipe, but may i ask what i could use or substitute the applesauce with? We don’t have any applesauce readily available here

  21. I made them and added 2 Tbl. unsweetened cocoa powder and substituted yellow raisins and added rind of one orange and they were amazing! Thank you for the recipe. It’s going in my permanent file! 😊 They were moist and puffed up really nice too and didn’t fall apart easily.

  22. I think I made them by the recipe but they turned out crumbly, more like granola. The mixture never seemed to get fluffy even though I beat it at high speed for several minutes. I would like to try them again if I can figure out what I did wrong as my husband seems to like them.

  23. Can I use a chia substitute for the 2 egg whites? Also can the coconut sugar being substituted with maple syrup and if so how much do I use?

  24. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite recipe sites! These cookies are amazing. I had to double the recipe as I am making them for a large group and they turned out fantastic. I did use raisins instead of dates and I added one egg for a double batch since I wasn’t concerned about them being vegan. I also added 2 individual packets of stevia to add a little extra sweetness. I had to make myself stop eating them so I’d have enough for the event!

  25. Couldn’t resist making these right away! I subbed some oats for almond flour and reduced the sugar a bit, adding in maple and molasses instead. I also added a lot more cinnamon and nutmeg to make them super spicy! Delicious!

  26. Is it possible to use an oil other than coconut? There is a sensitivity involved, so I’m hoping yes, because these sound fabulous. I’ve never made oatmeal cookies with oat flour, and it makes all the sense in the world! (<—That was a forehead-palm "D'oh!" moment…)

  27. I made these cookies this morning and they are delicious! In the recipe you didn’t mention when to add the applesauce, so I added it to the oil mixture. I’ve eaten 3 of them already. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Hi Fern. I’m so glad that you liked the cookies. YES, the applesauce should be added to the wet mixture, just as you did. Thank you for pointing that out – I’ve updated the recipe as well. 🙂

  28. Yum, those cookies look delicious, I will definitely have to make those! I am also drawn to heat sources like you – I can always be found sitting by a fire, heater or stove. 🙂

  29. You know, I haven’t had kale in years because I wasn’t a huge fan when I first tried it :/ But I’ve got to say your omelet looking pretty bangin! I may just have to give good old kale a second shot…

  30. I LOVE heaters, too! I’ve been using mine almost every day – especially when catching up on my Google Reader or working on blog posts. They are the BEST!

    Happy New Years! 🙂

  31. The cookies look fabulous! I need to remember to copy down this recipe.

    Glad you had a great New Years Eve! After many mixed fruity drinks, we eventually stuck with the champagne too. It was nice a refreshing after too many shots of coconut rum! 😉

    Happy New Year girl!!! 🙂

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