homemade vegan oatmeal date cookies on baking rack and white plate

Homemade Vegan Oatmeal Date Cookies (Gluten-free)

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Try these oatmeal date cookies with chocolate chips for a tasty vegan, gluten-free treat! They are perfect for a snack or dessert. Made with nutritious rolled oats, almond flour, and peanut butter plus some dark chocolate chips.

This recipe has no butter or margarine and way less added sugar than most oatmeal cookies. But they are still chewy and delicious! Enjoy with a cup of plant-based milk, coffee, or herbal tea for a delightful snack.

homemade vegan oatmeal date cookies on baking rack and white plate

Key Ingredients

(see the recipe for the full list)

Rolled Oats – Oats are an important source of soluble fiber and complex carbohydrates and have quite a few health benefits, as per this article from the Harvard Health Newsletter. I like the texture of rolled oats, but you could also use quick oats. Check on the label for gluten-free if this is something you need. While oats themselves don’t contain gluten, they are usually contaminated with it during processing. Also, I recommend organic oats.

Almond flour – this is used instead of wheat flour for gluten-free cookies. I like to store it in the freezer for freshness. It is lumpy in the bag: break it up well with your spoon when measuring and combining with the dry ingredients.

Peanut butter – provides a creamy consistency to the batter and helps to replace butter and eggs with less saturated fat.

Maple syrup – is used as a sweetener

Dates – chopped chunks of dates for chewy chunks of sweetness.

Dark Chocolate Chips – these plus the dates provide lots of melty, sweet goodness. Check the label for a vegan brand.

Vanilla plant-based milk – I made this using soy milk, but you can try it with any, plain or vanilla flavored.

Cinnamon – this just goes so well with the flavor of oatmeal.

Salt – just a small amount really makes a difference with the flavor. Don’t forget it, like I did one time!

How to Make Oatmeal Date Cookies

ingredients for oatmeal date cookies in a mixing bowl
  • Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Place parchment paper on cookie sheets.
  • In a large bowl, mix the oats, almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together well with a spoon or a whisk.
  • Add the peanut butter, plant-based milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract chopped dates, and chocolate chips and mix everything together well.
  • Place tablespoonfuls of batter on cookie sheets: 4 rows of 3 or spaced at least 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 12 minutes, turning the rack around halfway through.
  • Remove from the oven. After a few minutes carefully pull the parchment paper with the cookies off of the cookie sheets.
  • After 5 minutes, transfer the cookies with a spatula to a baking rack to cool completely.

FAQs

Q: How should you store these oatmeal date cookies?

A: Keep them in a covered container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or freeze them for a few months,

Q: Can you make them with almond butter?

A: Yes, they are equally tasty with almond butter, and if you try them with cashew or sunflower butter, please let me know how they turn out!

Q: What could you use instead of dates?

A: While dates are super-sweet and tasty, I don’t always have them around. Try another dried fruit, like cranberries or raisins, or chopped nuts like walnuts, pecans, or cashews.

oatmeal date cookies on a white plate next to a glass of soy milk.

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homemade vegan oatmeal date cookies on baking rack and white plate

Homemade Vegan Oatmeal Date Cookies (Gluten-free)

Melissa Altman-Traub
These crave-worthy chewy cookies are a great snack or dessert (or even breakfast?). Plus chocolate chips! Enjoy childhood memories in a healthier recipe.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 13
Calories 131 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Cookie sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • Cooling racks

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup organic rolled oats (gluten-free)
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup plant-based milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup dark chocolate chips vegan
  • 6 chopped dates

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Place the parchment paper on 2 cookie sheets.
  • In a large bowl, mix the oats, almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt together well with a spoon or a whisk.
  • Add the peanut butter, plant-based milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, dark chocolate chips, and chopped dates, and mix everything together well.
  • Place tablespoonfuls of batter on cookie sheets at least 2 inches apart.
  • Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, turning the rack around halfway through.
  • Remove from the oven. After a few minutes carefully pull the parchment paper with the cookies off of the cookie sheets.
  • After 5 minutes, transfer the cookies with a spatula to a baking rack to cool them completely.

Notes

The nutrition estimate is from VeryWellFit and was done with vanilla soy milk, but you can use oat or almond milk.
Serving size: 2 cookies
Keyword Chocolate, Cookies, Gluten-Free, Oatmeal, Oatmeal Date Cookies, Vegan
oatmeal date cookies nutrition label

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