Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

A couple of days ago Sprout woke up, snuggled next to me and gently uttered: “Cookie.”  As I did not respond, she repeated: “Cookie, cookie, cookie!” Each time a little stronger.  By the time I got her ready for the day and we stepped into the kitchen to make breakfast, she was not only asking, she was furiously saying and signing “COOKIE!”

I caved in…

The last thing I want in my 20 months old kiddo is sugar. I had to quickly think of an alternative. Lately I have been inspired by those who are doing the Daniel Fast, so, being creative was not a problem. In 20 minutes I created a perfectly delicious, fluffy as a a cloud, fat free, sugar free oatmeal cookie recipe to live for.  By the time I pulled cookies out of the oven, however, Sprout was not too happy, having been forced to wait that long. She snatched one out of my hands, as I was placing cookies on a cooling rack and ran around happily squealing: “cookie” between each bite. It only made me smile, since I knew that what was going into her was going to do her no harm, but flood her body with lots of nutrients instead.

Warning: if you are a sweets eater and eat processed sugar, these cookies will not seem very sweet to you. If your taste buds had time to detox, however, you will enjoy gentle sweet taste of these sugar free but sweet oatmeal cookies.  

Vegan Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

yields 12 large oatmeal cookies

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  • 2 cups of rolled oats or 2 cups of oat flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/8 tsp sea or Himalayan salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 oranges
  • 4-5 pitted Medjool dates (if you want your cookies sweeter, add more dates)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 375 F (190-200 C)
  • If using rolled oats (I used quick oats), place oats in a high speed blender, like Vitamix and grind them into a fine flour (I choose to leave some chunks in for texture, as you see on the image)
  • Transfer oat flour into a mixing bowl, add wheat flour and salt and whisk together (you can use a hand or a standing mixer as well)

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  • In a cup or a bowl, mix baking soda and lemon juice together (juice will activate soda), then transfer into the mixing bowl containing flours
  • Place bananas and pitted dates into a blender, squeeze juice from 2 oranges over them, add vanilla and almond milk; blend until smooth

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  • Pour blended mixture over the flour mix and fold everything together to create your sugar free oatmeal cookie batter

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  •  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Using a tablespoon place batter on the sheet (I used 1.5-2 tbsp of batter per cookie)
  • Form batter into disks, spacing cookies about 1-1.5 inch apart

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  • I ended up with two baking sheets. If that happens to you, place one on top rack and one on the bottom in the oven.
  • Bake for 7 minutes, then switch racks (bottom cookies go to the top rack, and top to the bottom)
  • Bake additional 6-7 minutes
  • The cookies will be well set and golden on the bottom; the top, however, might look a little pale
  • Set your oven to LOW broil (meanwhile you might have a little one impatiently waiting for her treat–do not give in!)


  • Place both baking sheets on the bottom rack and give them 2-3 minutes, until the top looks nice and golden. If they are still a little pale, pop them on the top rack for a minute, but keep an eye on them
  • Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack, but watch out for cute little thieves!


  • Let your sugar free oatmeal cookies rest for 5-10 minutes before enjoying them.  Be patient!

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  •  When cookies cool off, they should look nice and fluffy on the inside.

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  • Enjoy them with a cup of cold almond milk!
  • Cookies will store well for a few days refrigerated. In my household, with a cookie loving kid and sweets loving husband, they lasted only a day and a half.

You can add any variation of ingredients to these cookies: walnuts, chopped dates, raising, lemon/orange zest, etc. They should come delicious!

When you do make this oatmeal cookie recipe, please come back and tell me how it turned out and how you enjoyed the cookies.  Meanwhile…


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  • Jan E.

    Baking soda is a leavening agent not allowed on the Daniel fast, is it okay to omit this ingredient? Would the cookies still taste good?

  • Susan Carey

    So delicious!! Made these tonight, and my son was eating the batter! Silly kid!! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!

    • That’s so good to hear, Susan! I will have to make another batch for Sprout soon.

  • Jena

    I whipped these cookies up with my 22-month old daughter this evening. She loved eating the flour! So silly! I did make a couple of changes. As we are GF, instead of whole wheat flour, we used almond flour. I think the oat and almond flour combo is my favorite flour combo for cookies. So fluffy, moist and delicious. I also added in cinnamon, raisins, and shredded carrot! And OH. MY. GOODNESS! They turned out AMAZING! I could eat these cookies all day long and not have once ounce of guilt. Thank you for this tasty recipe!! I love that you can take this basic recipe and add in anything you want to make it your own. I will be making time and time again! 🙂

    • What a great idea! I would have never thought to add carrots.

  • Carmen

    These cookies are awesome! My daughter loves them (and I don’t mind her eating them cause they’re good for her) and my husband will actually eat them too!! I added some cinnamon and it gave them a great flavour 🙂

    • Exactly how I feel, Carmen! I was talking to a friend who ate my GF brownies and said: “I feel guilty eating them, but then I realize that I should not–there is nothing in them that would hurt my body!”

      Cinnamon sounds like a good addition.

  • Keri

    These came out great! And my 18-month-old loves them! She also walks around saying “cookie, cookie, cookie,” and I don’t feel bad giving these to her! thanks!

    • Keri, that is so great to hear! I feel the same with Sprout eat such desserts.

  • Kelly

    Just made this recipe and they are delicious! I only had one orange on hand and so I used the zest from the orange as well to give them an extra kick of flavor. These definitely aren’t lacking anything, the bananas and dates both add just enough sweetness. I added some cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter as well.

    • I am so happy to hear that, Kelly! Makes me want to create more delights.

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  • These look absolutely delicious! I Can’t wait to make them! Where do you find the dates for the recipe, or can I substitute some raw organic cane juice sugar? I know the prunes would be preferred, but since that’s what I currently have in my kitchen, I’m wondering if it would be an okay replacement!

    • Rochelle, i would avoid using sugar altogether. You can use any sweet dried fruit. You can use different dates. I like Medjool since they are meatier. I get mine at Whole Foods, but I know that Azure Standard carries the I bulk too.

  • Deb Kloosterman

    …These came out GREAT and are SO good!!! It was neat to learn about the baking soda/lemon factor…I made a batch per the recipe and also love to experiment….so I added chopped pecans, raisins and cinnamon to part of the batch….some dried cranberries to another part…..they are so moist and yummy! I love how versatile they are…I think they would be good with dried apple too! Thank you for another healthy and delicious recipe Elena! 🙂

    • Deb, do add the picture! You can attach it here 🙂

      • Deb Kloosterman

        …here they are! 🙂 I love how one even came out as a heart! 🙂

  • timbluejim

    Yum, I will be trying these this weekend.

    • Post a picture when you do!

      • timbluejim

        Oops, I forgot to post a picture. Gee, guess I need to make more this weekend,lol

        • What a great reason!

          • Guest

            I just made them today. They were pretty good. I saw where some people added nuts and other dried fruits. I will try that too. Possibilities are endless and they will still be healthy, yay! 🙂

            • So happy you are loving the recipe!

          • timbluejim

            I just made them again today. I saw that others have added nuts an dried fruits. I will also try that in the future. The possibilities are endless, and still a healthy cookie, yay! 🙂

  • Dee

    I will definitely be trying this. Thanks for sharing

    • Can’t wait to hear if you loved it.

  • Devi

    Yay! sugar free cookie recipe! I’m so thrilled, will have to try this sometime 🙂 Sprout looks so cute waiting by the oven 🙂

    • Devi, she loved the cookies. Now she bugs me for some every day 🙂

  • txmomma78

    Very creative, indeed! Looking forward to trying these after the fast. Great food for a beautiful, happy and healthy baby girl. Hoping my kiddos will like them. Be blessed.

    • These should be ok during the fast, unless, of course you are not doing breads. The best part is that they do not give a sugar high.