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Vegan Oat Cookies

These cookies are my Mom's favorite. I actually created this recipe in college! In one of my nutrition classes, we had to create a healthy recipe based on a type of dessert. Hence, these hearty cookies! You can add or substitute a few of the ingredients, but remember- they do take a good effort to combine the mixture so that all the dry ingredients become moist. I love these healthy bites with black coffee in the morning!



  • ½ cup raw sugar OR ½ coconut sugar

  • ¼ cup maple syrup OR ¼ cup amber coconut nectar

  • 1 ½ cup applesauce (add a ripe banana if you desire a more moist consistency)

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp. baking soda

  • 2 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1 ½ cup whole-grain flour

  • 3 cups of quick oats

  • 1 ½ cups total of (choose from): raisins, dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries, nuts (crushed almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamia), granola, crystallized ginger pieces, chopped dates, coconut flakes, poppy seeds.


  • Preheat oven for 350 degrees.

  • Mix ingredients together. It takes a while to get all the ingredients mixed and moist. You may need to add a mashed banana or more apple sauce.

  • Grease cookie sheet and bake for 8-12 minutes.

  • Enjoy these hearty cookies with a big mug of hot tea or coffee!

Health Benefits:

  • Packed with fiber from whole grains/oats.

  • Vegan.

  • Antioxidants from cinnamon, and the extras of ginger, dates, nuts, dark chocolate (look for the vegan if you do not want the dairy component), and coconut!

Note: I try to buy local, but when I cannot find specific ingredients, I often buy online through company web stores such as Vitacost, Lucky Vitamin or Sunfood.

* Adapted from my book “The Humble Life Journal~ Reflections on Simplicity & Stewardship” Check it out on Amazon!

In Grace,










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