Oatmeal Date Cookies (vegan + gf)

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These delicious oatmeal date cookies are easy to whip up and have the perfect texture — crispy edges with a a soft and chewy center! Vegan + gluten-free.

My obsession with Medjool dates continues… this time in cookie form.

I’ve always enjoyed eating and cooking with dates. It’s kind of a problem, but not really because most of my creations turn out to be delicious. Some of my faves are my 4-ingredient samoas, snickers stuffed dates, date-based energy balls and now these cookies.

Before I go any further I have to tell you that we (me, Isaac and everyone who’s tried them) are obsessed with these cookies. I’ve already made two batches and I’m considering making a third for Thanksgiving Day.

Oatmeal date cookies leaning on each other on a baking sheet.

Adding Dates to Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies have always been one of my favorites. I’ve made them many, many times — sometimes with raisins, other times with chocolate chips or coconut, but never with dates. Turns out adding dates to oatmeal cookies is a genius idea! The dates get soft and caramely after baking and every bite that contains a date is literally the best.

Also, the texture of these cookies is basically perfect! Trust me on this… or make these cookies and find out for yourself how tasty they are.

Twelve oatmeal date cookies lined up in rows on a baking sheet

Ingredients in Oatmeal Date Cookies

  • rolled old fashioned oats
  • oat flour – store-bought or homemade oat flour
  • coconut sugar
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • sea salt
  • flax egg – 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons of water
  • maple syrup
  • coconut oil
  • vanilla
  • Medjool dates
  • walnuts
Oatmeal date cookies on a white plate.

How to Make Oatmeal Date Cookies

Make flax egg – Whisk together ground flaxseed with water in a small bowl to make your flax egg. Set aside for 5-10 minutes until it thickens.

Mix dry ingredients – Combine oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Mix wet ingredients  – In another bowl combine flaxseed egg, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla.

Combine the dough – Add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Gently stir in chopped dates and walnuts.

Place dough in fridge – Place dough in the fridge to setup for 30 minutes. Whatever you do, don’t skip this step!! It will result in cookies that spread too much while baking.

Bake – After dough has set in the fridge, drop round tablespoons of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure you space the cookies out because they tend to spread a bit. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are golden brown at 350° F.

Cool – Allow cookies to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes then gently move to a wire rack and cool completely before eating or transferring to a storage container for later. Store cookies in the fridge for up to 5 days or freezer for up to 3 months.

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Oatmeal Date Cookies

4 from 52 votes
These delicious oatmeal date cookies are easy to whip up and have the perfect texture — crispy edges with a a soft and chewy center!
Oatmeal date cookies on a white plate.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 20

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup + 3 Tablespoons oat flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 flax egg, 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup + 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chopped Medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • In a small bowl whisk together ground flaxseed with water to make your flax egg and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients — oats, oat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In another bowl combine the wet ingredients — flaxseed egg, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla.
  • Add the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Gently stir in the chopped dates and walnuts.
  • Place dough in the fridge to setup for 30 minutes (do not skip this step).
  • Drop rounded tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking stone. Make sure you space the cookies out because they tend to spread a bit. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.
  • Allow cookies to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes then gently move to a wire rack and cool completely before eating or transferring to a storage container for later. Store cookies in the fridge for up to 5 days or freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie Calories: 110kcal Carbohydrates: 14g Protein: 1g Fat: 5g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 8g
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oatmeal date cookies

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    73 comments
    1. Angela
      March 21, 2022 AT 2:05 pm

      Brittany! I love all your recipes but these didn’t turn out for me as cookies – they were very thin and spread into one mass. I think too much oil? The flavor is good; I’m going to use as granola instead.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 21, 2022 AT 5:25 pm

        Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that, Angela. Did you change anything about the recipe?

    2. Rebecca
      March 5, 2022 AT 10:50 am

      5 stars
      I didn’t use the flax egg, and I doubled the recipe and added in a little bit of my swerve Brown sugar to help double the Maple syrup. This recipe is so good, I was trying to find something to make for my 16 month old that had more fiber and nutritious benefits to it Then just turkey sausage and eggs every morning. Plus it’s a healthier snack. II did I really wanted the fiber component of the oats and the dates So I was happy when I stumbled upon this recipe. Super moist and crunchy exterior . I have had no complaints out of My son.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 5, 2022 AT 1:23 pm

        Yay! I’m so happy to hear this recipe worked out for you, Rebecca! Thanks for coming back to leave a review and star rating, I really appreciate it.

    3. Meeta
      February 28, 2022 AT 12:49 pm

      5 stars
      Made these today ad they turned out perfect! Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside! I added some mixed spice to them for added flavour. Delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 1, 2022 AT 8:45 am

        Woo! So glad to hear these were a hit for you, Meeta! The addition of mixed spices sounds delicious. Thanks for making them and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    4. Lee Anne Laskey
      October 24, 2021 AT 7:01 pm

      5 stars
      We LOVED these. The flavor of sweet & a tiny bit salty were a perfect combo with the hardy oats and delicious walnuts. I made them exactly as the recipe called for, chilled fully and they turned out just like the photo. Plus, the house smelled so delicious on this cold, Fall night. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 25, 2021 AT 11:00 am

        Woo!! So pumped to hear these oatmeal date cookies were a success, Lee Anne. Thanks so much for trying the recipe out and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    5. Ridhab Alfayadh
      September 1, 2021 AT 2:55 am

      Can I replace the flax egg with regular egg??

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 1, 2021 AT 10:28 am

        I haven’t tried it in this recipe, so I’m not sure how the cookies will turn out with a flax egg. Let me know if you try it!

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