Vegan Oatmeal Cookies (GF)

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Vegan oatmeal raisin cookies on a plate

The search for the BEST oatmeal cookie is over! And it just happens to be vegan and gluten-free. These chewy oatmeal cookies are studded with raisins, laced with cinnamon, and oh so perfect. Plus, just 30 minutes and simple methods required! Let us show you how it’s done.

Raisins, brown sugar, gluten-free flour blend, oats, almond butter, baking powder, cinnamon, sea salt, almond flour, chickpea brine, and avocado oil

These cookies start with a wholesome base of almond flour, rolled oats, and our DIY gluten-free flour blend. They’re infused with cinnamon, leavened with baking powder, sweetened with brown sugar, and get a flavor boost from sea salt.

Whipped aquafaba in a bowl over the dry ingredients

To mimic the properties of eggs, we used aquafaba. It’s the brine from a can of chickpeas, and when whipped, it’s practically magic how much fluffiness and binding it provides, similar to whipped egg whites. Plus, it’s a great way to use up the liquid that’s usually discarded when making chickpea recipes.

After whipping the aquafaba, we add almond butter and avocado (or coconut) oil for additional moisture. Then when the wet ingredients are mixed into the dry, the most perfect cookie dough forms.

Bowl of vegan oatmeal cookie dough

Adding raisins gives these cookies classic oatmeal raisin vibes, but another dried fruit or chocolate chips would also work well if that’s more your style.

Parchment-lined baking sheet of vegan oatmeal raisin cookies

We hope you LOVE these vegan oatmeal cookies! They’re:

Chewy
Perfectly sweet
Subtly spiced
Comforting
& SO satisfying!

They’re the perfect healthier treat any time you’re craving a classic oatmeal cookie. Enjoy on their own or with a glass of dairy-free milk, a chai latte, or hot chocolate. They’d also be incredibly delicious crumbled over a bowl of our Creamy Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream.

Glass of almond milk on a plate of vegan oatmeal raisin cookies

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Stack of vegan oatmeal raisin cookies on a plate

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies (GF)

Undetectably vegan and gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies! Just 30 minutes and simple methods required for perfectly chewy oatmeal cookies. A perfect healthier treat for any time of year!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Gluten-free vegan oatmeal cookies on a plate
4.6 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 12 (Cookies)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 2-3 Days

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almond flour or almond meal
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats (certified gluten-free as needed)
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free flour blend (or sub unsweetened desiccated or shredded coconut, but cookies will be less fluffy)
  • 1/4 cup raisins (or other dried fruit)
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup packed organic brown sugar (or sub coconut sugar)
  • 1/4 cup aquafaba (the brine/liquid in a can of chickpeas // if not vegan, sub egg whites)
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter* (or other nut or seed butter)
  • 2 ½ Tbsp avocado or melted coconut oil*

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together almond flour, oats, gluten-free flour, raisins, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and brown sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, beat aquafaba (using a handheld mixer or by whisking vigorously, which will take much longer) until light and fluffy and loose peaks have formed. (Add 1/8 tsp cream of tartar to help them along if not whipping.)
  • To the aquafaba, add the almond butter and oil and beat or whisk to combine. (The mixture will deflate a little — that's okay). Then add to dry ingredients and mix until combined. You should have a firm, semi-tacky dough (see photo). If not baking immediately, cover and chill in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days (the cookies will develop a bit more flavor and slightly firmer texture if the dough chills, but chilling this long is not necessary).
  • Scoop dough into roughly 2-Tablespoon amounts (I like this scoop) and place on prepared baking sheet with about a 1-inch gap in between each cookie to allow for spreading. Press down slightly with your palm to form a disc. Then use fingers to tuck in any raisins that might be sticking out. There should be about 12 cookies.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden brown and they’ve puffed up and expanded a bit. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes on the pan before enjoying (they will continue firming up as they cool).
  • Store leftovers in a loosely sealed container at room temperature up to 2-3 days, or in the freezer for 1 month. We recommend storing them in the freezer once cooled to help retain their crispy exterior. These are so delicious when warm and dipped in homemade almond milk or a chai latte!

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Notes

*If oil-free, you can try subbing additional almond butter (or other nut butter) or applesauce, but the cookies will not be as crisp or golden brown.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with avocado oil and without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 12 servings)

Serving: 1 cookie Calories: 147 Carbohydrates: 17 g Protein: 3 g Fat: 8.2 g Saturated Fat: 0.8 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.7 g Monounsaturated Fat: 5.2 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 83 mg Potassium: 130 mg Fiber: 1.9 g Sugar: 8.6 g Vitamin A: 1.1 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 54.2 mg Iron: 0.8 mg

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  1. Mars says

    Do you think these might last up to a week without refrigeration? I want to bake some and send to a friend for their birthday! Looks like an amazing recipe. Most cookies last 6-10 days without refrigeration, curious if there’s something special here that makes them more likely to spoil, such as the aquafaba?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, we’re not sure unfortunately! It will depend on the temperature and humidity conditions where they’ll be traveling.

  2. Deidra says

    This recipe was a great excuse to work with aquafaba for the first time! I was nervous, but it worked out fine. So pleased. I subbed Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 baking flour for the gluten-free flour blend and subbed chocolate chips for raisins. Delicious. Stunning cookie. Will 100% make again.

  3. Maria says

    Amazing. Love these cookies. I always make your chocolate chip oatmeal ones but I’m not a huge chocolate fan so these raisin ones are perfect for me. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Tash says

    Subbed out almond meal for oat flour, and chopped dates for sultanas. Also added the coconut for GF flour. These are great cookies!
    Also accidentally put in 3 half teaspoons of baking powder instead of 3 quarter teaspoons but they were absolutely fine.
    Loooove how the Aquafaba whipped up

  5. Lily Baker says

    I am a huge MB fan, but this particular recipe absolutely did not work for me.

    I used egg whites which is an alternative to the recipe, and followed the recipe exact.

    It had the consistency of scone, which doesn’t sound bad, but not salty enough, flavorful enough and they were dry.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Bummer! Sorry these didn’t work for you, Lily. How many egg whites did you use? It’s possible that changed the texture! xo

      • Jenn says

        Love this recipe! I am sugar free so I subbed the sugar for golden monk fruit, also used 2T coconut flour in place of the gluten free flour, used sunbutter instead of almond butter, used melted vegan butter in place of oil, and used sugar free chocolate chips instead of raisins. Lots of subs for my Lyme diet, but turned out to be one of the best cookies I’ve ever had, and I am a former Pastry Chef. Thanks so much for a great recipe, it was nice to have such a treat!

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          Amaziiing! Thanks for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Jenn. We’re so glad you enjoyed! xo

  6. Josie says

    These are amazing! I make lots of chickpeas so I always have aquafaba on hand. Great cookie (fresh anyway, haven’t tried them after storage). I did use whole wheat pastry flour instead of GF flour.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing your experience and modifications, Josie! We’re so glad you enjoyed. xo

  7. June says

    I’ve always been curious about aquafaba. If you cook your own chickpeas from scratch, is that liquid adequate for this kind of recipe? And is there any simple ratio for beans/water if you make it this way? Thank you.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Debi! We haven’t tried it but we would suggest starting with a bit less all purpose since it tends to be drier than gluten free flours. Let us know how it goes if you try it! xo

  8. Patricia says

    Just what I felt like on a Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea. The only problem was that I didn’t stop at one, they were just too yummy. So easy and quick to make, and I love how the acqua faba resembles egg white once beaten. Love all your recipes, keep them coming please…

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yumm, we’re so glad you enjoyed these cookies, Patricia! You’re on a roll with all the new recipes! xo

  9. Amanda says

    This looks yummy, and what a great way to use aquafaba! I wonder, would coconut flour work for the gluten-free flour blend?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Amanda! We haven’t tried it with coconut flour and suspect that it would change the texture quite a bit. Let us know how it goes if you try it!

  10. Mo says

    These were delicious! I loved the hint of almond flavor from the almond flour. I used dried blueberries because I didn’t have raisins, and that turned out great. I loved the texture of these cookies, there was a little crunch on the outside and they were soft in the middle. I will be making them again, probably tomorrow since we already polished off the whole batch!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Amazing! So glad to hear these were enjoyed by all. Thanks for the lovely review, Mo!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried it with flax eggs but we would suggest starting with one and adding more if the batter is too dry. Let us know how it goes! xo

  11. Eleni says

    Have you tried Bob’s Red Mill Farm “Egg Replacer”? I used it last week to make lentil fritters. They worked great. So you think I could estimate this recipe uses 1 egg (2 egg whites or 1/4 c aquafaba)? Thank you.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried that particular replacement but that sounds promising! If 1 “egg” makes ~1/4 cup liquid that should work, but we can’t say for sure! Let us know how it goes if you try it. xo

  12. Cazza says

    I’m wondering if you have a suggestion for a sub for the almond meal. I realise it is a substantial portion of the dry ingredients, but if I can make it work for my kids nut free school, that would be awesome 😊

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Cazza! A couple ideas would be oat flour or coconut flour, though we have not tested those and don’t know exactly how it would turn out. Let us know how it goes if you try it! xo

  13. Winnie says

    These were delicious! I had all of the ingredients on hand except the aquafaba, so I substituted apple sauce and added a 1/4 of ground flax meal in place of the gf flours. Perhaps they would be fluffier with the faba, but they were tender and flavorful. Everyone loved them. Will make again!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing a lovely review and such helpful modifications, Winnie! We’re glad everyone enjoyed the cookies. xo

  14. Elaine says

    Many of your recipes have oil in them and I appreciate that you put subs for that but I was just wondering if possibly aquafaba might be a good substitute …….just in the liquid state.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Whipped aquafaba can be a great substitute for oil but we haven’t tried it in the liquid state, could be interesting!

  15. Susan Moe says

    Is there a substitute for aquafaba? My son is allergic to legumes so I assume he’ll be allergic to the water touching them. So many recipes are using it now and I wondered if I could use them just with a sub?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Susan! We haven’t tried it without aquafaba, and it’s part of what gives them lift and chewiness. If you’re not vegan you can use real egg whites, otherwise you could try with flax eggs, though we haven’t tested them that way. Let us know how it goes!

      • Susan Moe says

        OK, yes, we are a vegan family so I’ll try with flax or chia eggs and let you know. It will be fun to experiment:)