Healthy & Vegan Chewy Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies (low sugar, soy free, dairy free, gluten free, no butter, vegan)

Happy Thursday! I hit an all-time low this morning. I microwaved my coffee for the first time in my thirteen years of drinking it. Yes, I started drinking coffee at 14. I worked at a coffee & bagel shop, what do you expect?ย Actually, I started stealing sips of my mom’s coffee when I was a little girl. My mom used to pour so much of that vanilla Coffeemate cream in her coffee that it tasted like dessert. My high school best friend and I used to feel so cool and sophisticated drinking it. Sometimes, we’d skip school during study hall (such rebels) and grab lattes from the coffee shop down the street. Anyways, I think it’s safe to say “I’ll never microwave my coffee again.” It’s just been a long morning. How is it only 9:30?…

Last Friday, I made the best chewy chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies! They are gluten free, dairy free, made without butter, soy free, low sugar, and vegan! These cookies are super healthy, but taste sinful. You won’t even be able to tell the difference between this recipe and your grandma’s chocolate chip cookies! They are that good. I’ve already made three batches since Friday.
The centers of these cookies are soft, and the chocolate just melts in your mouth. I made them into mini (3-bite) cookies, but next time, I’m going to make them jumbo! I may even make a batch to take on my trip next week. I always crave something sweet on long flights, and this would be an awesome go-to! I’m already dreading the 16-hour travel day, but landing in Hawaii is worth it.
The ingredients in this recipe are super simple.

These cookies are made up of gluten-freeย baking flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cashew milk, sea salt, swerve, applesauce, coconut oil, vanilla, and my egg replacement (The Neat Egg.)

You can use real eggs (2) or your choice of sweetener.ย โ™ฅ

This is a perfect recipe to make with your kiddos, or sneak into their lunch boxes! It won’t leave them with a sugar crash or have them bouncing off the walls. And if you have picky breakfast eaters, these have oats in them, so…that’s technically breakfast, right?

Do you not just want to take a bite out of that? Yum!ย 
Whenever I bake with chocolate, I’ll usually use Lily’s Dark Chocolate or Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks.

Lily’s has a richer chocolate flavor, sweetened with Stevia, and the morsels are smaller. The Enjoy Life chocolate tastes more like the “milk chocolate” semi-sweet chocolate chips. If you are baking these for kids, I’d go for the Mega Chunks. They are still low in sugarย but don’t have the dark chocolate taste. If you like a darker chocolate and want a completelyย no added sugar recipe, go for the Lily’s.

For the egg replacement, I used Neat Egg. I’ve had an amazing experience with this substitute! If you don’t want to use a substitute, just use two eggs!

One of my favorite sugar substitutesย to use in my baking is Swerve, which I use all the time. Why do I choose Swerve? It does not affect your blood sugars,ย zero calories, non-glycemic, all natural, easy to digest, gluten-free, measures like sugar, bakes like sugar, tastes like sugar, tooth-friendly, and pet safe. It doesn’t have an artificial taste, and I love using it in desserts.
Applesauce and coconut oil are great replacements for butter. Avocado is another great substitute, but who wants to eat green cookies?
I used cashew milk, but you can use soy milk, regular milk, almond milk, or coconut milk.
It’s hard not to eat the chocolate straight from the bowl…yum!
Since the dough is egg-free, dive right in!
I heated the oven to 370 degrees, greased a baking sheet with avocado oil cooking spray, formed 3-tablespoon sized cookies and placed them about an inch and a half apart on the pan.

If you want to make these cookies larger, you totally can!ย 
You’ll want to bake these for 15 to 17 minutes. Remember, all ovens cook differently, so just keep an eye on them! They’ll start to turn light brown around the edges when they are done!

This recipe makes 24 cookies.

Once they are out of the oven, sprinkle sea salt on top!ย 
Once they cooled, I placed them in a container and stored them on the counter. Next time, I’ll hide them because they didn’t last long!
You’ll want to print this recipe for keeps!

5 from 1 vote

Vegan Chewy Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 24
Author Taralynn McNitt


  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Flour
  • 1 Cup GF Quick (rolled) Oats
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Tbsps Neat Egg or two eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Swerve or your choice sweetener
  • 1/4 Cup Cashew Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tsps Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks
  • Sea Salt


  1. Heat oven to 370 degrees.

  2. Sift the oats, flour, swerve, neat egg, baking soda, and baking powder together.

    **if you're using real eggs, add 1/2 cup extra oats**

  3. Melt the coconut oil, and add it to the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix in the vanilla and applesauce. 

  4. Stir in the cashew milk. 

  5. Fold in the chocolate chunks.

  6. Grease a baking sheet, and form your cookies! (use your hands to shape them) 

  7. Bake 15-17 minutes. 

    Sprinkle sea salt on top. 

Recipe Notes

70 Calories, 13g Carbs, 4g Fat, 2g Protein, 2g Fiber, 5g Sugar

Makes 24 Cookiesย 

This recipe makes 24 (3-tablespoon sized) cookies.

Nutrition PER cookie:

70 Calories, 13g Carbs, 4g Fat, 2g Protein, 2g Fiber, 5g SugarI
made a spin-off recipe that’ll be posted next week! Double chocolate peanut butter cookies anyone???
Questions for you!

  1. Chocolate chip or chocolate chunk?
  2. Do chocolate chip cookies made with oatmeal count as breakfast?
  3. What is your favorite cookie flavor?


  • Steph

    Big tip for microwaving coffee- add a little pinch of salt. It counteracts the burnt/bitter taste that you get when you reheat. Sounds weird but it works!

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  • Sarah

    CANT WAIT to give these a try. Oatmeal chocolate chunk are actually my favorite cookies and I have a reciepe that was actually from my 1st grade teacher that I always go to. Itโ€™s loaded in butter and sugar so best for special occasions so I am amped to give these a whirl. I bet they are tasty with a cup of coffee in the AM and glass of red wine in the PM

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  • Dani

    5 stars
    Ooow Soo Delicious!

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  • Natalie

    I love all your healthy recipe ideas! I really need to try swerve. I didnโ€™t pick it up last time I was at the store cause itโ€™s a little spendy and used a different sweetener instead. I was disappointed, and it didnโ€™t do your recipe (I think it was an apple crisp) justice. Iโ€™m going to for sure get some and try another one of your creations. Probably this one, cause yum! Thanks for posting. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  • Krista

    These look so good!! I wonder if gluten-free oat flour would work in place of the gluten-free all purpose.. I made pb chocolate chip ones last night but used a recipe without flour at all, and I already miss the crispy edges! I need to try this recipe this weekend!!

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  • Linda @ the Fitty

    5 stars
    honestly, the dough itself looks good enough to eat without even baking! I can even add a little splash of coffee in there… If you don’t mind me asking, what was so bad about the microwave coffee?

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  • Mayra

    Can’t wait to try these!! I’m microwaving my coffee for the second time now haha but I have a kiddo. During nap time ill make these cookies for me!

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  • Ashley

    These turned out great! I didn’t have any oats so used more flour.

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  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers

    There are very few things I like more in this world than a delicious chocolate chip cookies, I was SO excited when I saw this recipe!! Chewy AND vegan? Ummm yes please. I’m making these this weekend and hopefully they’ll last us more than a day… hehe.
    Chip or chunk? Let’s be honest. If it’s chocolate I’ll eat it.
    Ummm YES. Anything with oatmeal is breakfast worthy, right??
    Favorite cookie flavor… Chocolate chip! Call me boring but if it’s not broke, don’t fix it!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hahahaha They didn’t make it the whole weekend with us!

      TRUTH! Can’t get tooooo picky when it comes to chocolate.

      lol chocolate chip cookies ๐Ÿช are the best!

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  • Meghan

    Yum these look awesome! I think they totally count as breakfast, like you said, it won’t give you a sugar crash, so why not?? I bet they would be great with some protein powder to cut the flour, then they’re even more breakfast-y! I’m definitely team chocolate chunk, but my all time favorite cookie flavor would be white chocolate macadamia, or snickerdoodle.

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  • Ashley Kohl

    I’m so glad you’re posting more vegan recipes! I’m vegan and I really appreciate it. It’s also nice to show people that vegan food isn’t gross! Can’t wait to try these ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Teresa @sweettandahoneyb


    Chocolate chunk all the way for me. Though I wouldn’t turn down a chocolate chip cookie… I’d never turn down any cookie come to think of it..

    I absolutely think they count as breakfast! I mean – I’ve made chunky monkey overnight oats (chocolate chunks, almond butter, bananas, greek yogurt, oats, almond milk) and that’s considered a breakfast. Just because it’s in a cookie shape doesn’t mean it can’t be eaten before noon ๐Ÿ™‚

    My all time favorite cookie probably has to be peanut butter blossoms -especially around Christmas time. The slightly melted chocolate kiss in the middle kills me. I can’t resist.

    Can I just say I have a couple of your recipes printed and ready to make (now including these). But after reading your post on the lemon blueberry chia muffins, I went and bought the ingredients, came home, turned the oven on, and it started smoking and making a huge popping noise. This was weeks ago and the parts are still not in to fix it. I am DYING to make those muffins! and now these cookies!

    Reply to Teresa @sweettandahoneyb
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Lol who turns down a cookie ๐Ÿช

      Hahahaha good because i had them for breakfast like every day…

      We call those thumbprint cookies! lol and yes those are so good

      OH NO!!!!!! Hope you get your oven fixed soon! That’s no fun at all!

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  • Briana

    I’m so excited to try these! I recently found out I have a gluten intolerance and I’ve missed cookies. Perfect to bring to a family gathering tomorrow where there are other gf people. Will have to stop and get some ingredients tonight!

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  • Anonymous

    Yes and yes- basically yes to anything that has chocolate in it ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  • Sarah

    You may be interested in reading this book “Food Rules”. It is written by Michael Pollan—a food scientist–and demonstrates simplistic and even common-sense eating “rules”. It’s very short–one “rule” per page–so it’s a quick read. For funsies, you can even check out the version that is illustrated by Maira Kalman, an amazing artist based out of New York City. She also illustrated Strunk & White’s “The Elements of Style”–another book you may find useful. Cheers.

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  • jordan @ dancing for donuts

    i’ve been trying SO hard to cut back on dessert, but i know it won’t be productive for me to cut out something i love so much entirely! this recipe looks and sounds absolutely delicious – i love how clean the ingredients are, but they still look like real chocolate chip cookies!!!

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  • Katie

    Chocolate chunk for sure! I would say no no the breakfast aspect as well…

    For Christmas my mom discovered and made the best dark chocolate peppermint cookie that she brought to our family annual Christmas cookie baking. They were amazing.

    Your comments about microwaved coffee crack me up because just wait until you have kids (if you want them)! My Saturday mornings are nothing BUT reheated coffee – there is no time to drink it is even warm, let alone hot!

    Reply to Katie
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hahaha too funny!

      I love ANYTHING peppermint, especially with chocolate!

      I had a raspberry mint cookie the other day that was SO GOOD!!

      Lol oh goodness! Maybe I dont want them……haha

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  • Jen

    5 stars
    Wow! What a great recipe! I will definitely try these since my weakness is Kashi Oatmeal and Dark Chocolate cookies!
    Ugh! Microwave coffee is the worst! At least you’re headed to Hawaii where there is delicious Kona! Have a fun time!

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Oatmeal and chocolate chunks? Count me in! What a delicious recipe, Taralynn! ๐Ÿ™‚

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