Healthy Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Soy Free)

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Sugar-Free)

It feels weird to be writing at 6 am here in Hawaii, knowing it’s noon at home. I’m finally waking up a bit later and slowly easing into the timezone, but my body is pretty stubborn when it comes to its clock. Before I head to yoga in a couple of hours, I wanted to leave you with one of my new favorite recipes. I’ve made these twice and even packed a few with me for my trip. If you love peanut butter and chocolate, you’re going to LOVE these cookies! 
These cookies are packed with healthy ingredients like coconut oil, peanut butter, cocoa powder, oats, and cashew milk! Even though they look like they are loaded with sugar, they have ZERO added sugar. I used the Lily’s no sugar added vegan chocolate chips, Swerve, a no added sugar chunky peanut butter, and unsweetened applesauce.

Instead of milk and butter, I used applesauce and cashew milk!

I decided to make them vegan as well because I wanted them to have a longer shelf life while traveling. Nothing in these cookies would spoil, or go bad. Instead of eggs, I used Neat Egg replacement. 
I’m telling you…these cookies are heaven.

The best way to eat them? Warm them up for about 20 seconds in the microwave! They taste just like out of the oven peanut butter brownies…

These cookies are made with cashew milk, vanilla, unsweetened applesauce, espresso powder (the secret to making all chocolate desserts taste rich), gluten-free oats, gluten free all purpose baking flour, baking soda, baking powder, neat egg, vegan no sugar added chocolate chips, swerve, chunky peanut butter, cocoa powder, coconut oil, and sea salt.

5 from 1 vote

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 26 Cookies
Author Taralynn McNitt


  • 1 Cup All-Purpose GF Baking Flour
  • 1 Cup GF Quick (Rolled) Oats
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Tbsps Neat Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Swerve Sweetener
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Espresso Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (I used chunky)
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/3 Cup Cashew Milk
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips (I used Lily's)

Peanut Butter Drizzle

  • 1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the espresso powder, cocoa powder, baking flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, neat egg, sea salt, and swerve together. 

  3. Stir in the cashew milk, vanilla, applesauce, and peanut butter. 

    (if it's too runny, add more oats) 

  4. Mix in the chocolate chips. 

  5. On a greased baking sheet, add 1/4 cup sized scoops of the dough about an inch apart, and use your fingers to shape into cookies. 

  6. Bake 16-18 minutes. 

  7. Once they are cooled, microwave the peanut butter and coconut oil together for twenty seconds. 

    Stir the mixture until a liquid texture forms. Allow the liquid to thicken for about ten minutes before drizzling over the cookies. 

    Set aside for about thirty minutes to let the drizzle harden. 

  8. You can store these in the fridge, or out on the counter! 

Recipe Notes

Recipe Makes 26 Cookies 

Per Cookie: 175 Calories, 17g Carbs, 4g Fiber, 8g Fat, 2g Sugar, 5g Protein

Perfect post workout! 

Do yourself a favor, and just zoom in on that cookie……..mouthwatering! 
This recipe makes 26 cookies!

Per Cookie: 175 Calories, 17g Carbs, 4g Fiber, 8g Fat, 2g Sugar, 5g Protein

Perfect post workout or breakfast on the go!
I love that the coconut oil mixed with the peanut butter gives it a hardened drizzle! You won’t have to worry about sticky fingers with this one.

Now, if you’ll excuse me! I’m about to eat the last one of these in my bag, and head to yoga! Have a great weekend, everyone! I’m so excited because my friend is flying in tomorrow and we have SO MUCH planned! Stay tuned!!!

Questions for you!

  1. Do you love the peanut butter and chocolate combo?
  2. Drizzle or no drizzle?

Also, a quick happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there! You are amazing and so strong!


  • Camila Chavez

    5 stars
    I liked the fact that cookies can be heated in the microwave. It’s like they’re really out of the oven. You can cook a lot of cookies and eat them for a few days.

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  • Samantha Baker

    These look delicious! I’m really trying to clean up both my own diet as well as what the kids eat. I know you said that you recommend warming them up in the microwave but I’m wondering how they will hold up as a school snack? Sometimes these ‘healthy’ style biscuits fall apart a bit easier than the normal ones.

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  • Myriam

    5 stars
    P.S. Ok I’m stupid, I forgot the most important in my previous comment: do you have any NY recommendation please? *.* (I’m vegan). Thanks, I love your blog!

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  • Myriam

    5 stars
    Hi Tara! Oh they look so good! Answering your questions, I do love the peanut butter and chocolate combo, and definitely drizzle!

    I have a question regarding your last post since I thought it would be easier to receive an answer if I posted it here, hope it doesn’t bother you!

    Why did you pack all your lunches for the flights to Hawai, are the plane meals horrible? I’m curious since I’m flying to NY next Monday, it will be my first time ever in the USA and I’m SO excited (and nervous)! I’m from Barcelona, Spain, and it will be a 9-hour flight… I think I won’t survive…

    Thanks a lot my lovely! =)

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  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers

    Oh my goodness this looks SO delicious! PB and chocolate is one of my all time favorite combinations in the world. These are such a perfect ‘treat’ instead of diving into a peanut butter cup! And I’m all about that drizzle. Makes it feel extra fancy :). Can’t wait to make these, I don’t think they’ll last long in our house!
    Sounds like Hawaii is treating you well so far! Can’t wait to see pics!

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  • Anonymous

    Looks good!!!
    Can’t wait to make them 😊
    Thanks for the delicious recipes – keep up the good work 👍💪🏼

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  • Linda @ the Fitty

    5 stars
    What a way to kick off the weekend. Thanks, Tara!

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  • Jazz

    5 stars
    UM YUM.

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  • Juliette / Namastay Traveling

    5 stars
    Mmm that drizzle for sure! These look amazing! Not sure there is a better combo than pb + choc. Love following your Hawaiian adventures, have an awesome trip!

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  • Elizabeth

    I can’t have gluten and dairy so thank you for introducing me to Lily’s chocolate!

    Reply to Elizabeth
  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    I love your snacks! They’re so delicious – chocolate and peanut butter are unbeatable. 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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  • Madison

    So, I want to push a little bit on your use of the term “healthy” and I hope you won’t be offended by this, but it’s come up a lot in my life and it’s become a bit of a pet peeve. I’m all about making healthier substitutions, and I know that there’s some research out there to support that coconut oil and some of your other ingredients have some health benefits. But it kind of reminds me of veggie sticks – I love them and they’re probably a *little* better for you than chips, but they’re not “healthy.” They’re a better alternative to chips, just like I assume these are a better alternative to regular cookies. My sister-in-law was vegan for years and will be the first to say that half the stuff she ate wasn’t “healthy” even if it was vegan. Oreos are vegan. Chips are vegan. Being vegan, or sugar-free, or gluten-free doesn’t make something “healthy.”

    I think that making substitutions (like less or no sugar, coconut oil instead of butter, etc.) is a GREAT goal and I think it’s so cool that you’re working on recipes that are inclusive for people with dietary restrictions. I just wonder if there’s another term you could use instead of “healthy” in order to give people a more honest idea about the health benefits. Like, at the end of the day, it’s still a cookie – just a healthIER one. 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I understand where you are coming from, and I look at foods the same. I’m not saying these are healthy because they are gluten-free, vegan, dairy free and so on. I’m just saying they are healthy because they are low sugar, made with complex carbs, have healthy fats, contain cocoa which is rich in antioxidants, and are overall great for you!

      In my eyes, it’s a healthy cookie 😉

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  • Ali

    Girl, artificial sweeteners are NOT healthy! And unless you have dietary restrictions (celiac), all the things your recipes are “free” of are NOT bad for you. Just eat real food.

    Reply to Ali
    • Taralynn McNitt

      This is real food. Oats, peanut butter, cocoa powder, coconut oil, applesauce, cashew milk…all real food. Thank you for your suggestion, but I will eat as “I” want to and as my doctor has told me to. Also, I never said any gluten or dairy is bad. I’m not sure where you are getting that. There is nothing wrong with it, I eat the way I do because of my endometriosis. I don’t tell people how to eat, and I usually don’t listen to people that tell me how to eat either (unless it’s my doctor.)

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