Vegan chocolate oatmeal peanut butter cookies

Hiiiii 🙂 How’s your day going? Hope it’s been great 🙂

How ‘bout a cookie? 

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Confession: I’m a little bit of a cookie monster. I can take or leave ice cream or vanilla desserts (case in point: creme brûlée is always blah to me) but I LIVE for baked treats. The gooier, chocolaty-er, cake-ier, the better. Get in my face. I especially love making healthier versions of classic faves for an everyday type sweet treat.

These were filed under the “impromptu baking creations gone right” category. I really wanted to make some fun new cookies to send out with the sneaky giveaway prizes from last week,

Goodie packs

and decided to make an oaty and chocolate-filled creation. I wrote the ingredients along as I went, and am glad I ended up writing everything down. They’re basically everything that’s right in the world. 

These cookies are vegan and gloriously decadent. The sweetness is from a bomb combination of applesauce, maple syrup and peanut butter. 

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Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try! They’re perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up, or crumbled onto your favorite yogurt or coconut milk ice cream 🙂

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Vegan chocolate oatmeal peanut butter cookies

A decadent treat, sweetened with pure maple syrup and a rich texture from peanut butter. Use any combination of chocolate chips you enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 18 1x


  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1 cup oats (for gluten-free cookies, check to make sure the oats are certified gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate or peanut butter chocolate chips (buy vegan if you’d like these to be totally vegan)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup (up to 1 cup depending on texture/sweetness preferences)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons ground flax
  • 6 oz cinnamon applesauce


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray two cookie sheets with olive oil or nonstick spray.
  2. 2. Combine the almond meal, oats, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir well in combine.
  3. 3. In a separate bowl, combine the peanut butter, vanilla, maple syrup, flax and applesauce.
  4. 4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir well until a dough forms.
  5. 5. Use a melon ball scooper (or a 1/4 cup measuring bowl) to drop the dough onto the cooke sheets. Use your hand to flatten slightly.
  6. 6. Bake 10-12 minutes (until set) and allow to cool for one minute on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.


Allergy suggestions

  • Instead of almond meal, whole wheat or spelt flour would work nicely. Note: you may have to reduce the flour. Start with one cup and increase from there as needed, depending on the texture.
  • Feel free to use any nut butter instead of peanut butter

(Nutritional info is here)

What’s your #1 dessert fave? Go-to cookie recipe? I absolutely love Dreena Burton’s Supercharge Me cookies and these almond butter chocolate chip.



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  1. Allison on August 26, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I live for cookies. Totally going to make these!! Thank you 🙂

  2. Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift on August 26, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Oh stop. These are faceplant worthy.

  3. Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy on August 26, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Cause a little chocolate never hurt nobody!

    I will sub the peanut butter with almond 😉

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2014 at 12:25 am

      amen to that 🙂 let me know how they turn out!

  4. Mary on August 26, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Oh these look yummy!

  5. China on August 26, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I made a batch of your almond butter chocolate chip cookies the other night. I just ate one. There’s one left. It won’t be long for this world…

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2014 at 12:25 am

      amazing 🙂

  6. Jackie B. on August 26, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I’ve never really been big on making cookies…my fancy, special occasion dessert is tiramisu, but my go-to is chocolate-covered strawberries. They’re hard to mess up 😛

    Have you tried Extraordinary Desserts yet? Their desserts are SO decadent and delicious, its definitely worth a trip at some point. Other than some random froyo/gelato spots I can’t say I’ve found any dessert faves in SD yet.

  7. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on August 26, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Yum! I love all the healthy ingredients in these.

  8. CJ on August 26, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Hey Gina,
    Love your page! Your recipes are awesome (Im celiac so i love them!)
    Do you calorie count at all? Or do you just know ‘roughly’ how much you should be having a day? Trying to desperately lose baby weight and it’s not moving!! argh!

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2014 at 12:24 am

      i stay pretty mindful of my macros, but i don’t count calories regularly anymore. it drove me crazy! activity level makes a huge difference, and so does breastfeeding. how old is your baby?

      • CJ on August 27, 2014 at 4:40 am

        I have two – 3 and just turned one. I had two horrid c-sections and it seems to be taking me ages to bounce back! I used to lose weight easily but not anymore :-/

  9. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on August 26, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    These look so yummy! Have to try them out soon. And by the way, I totally hear you on the creme brulee! I thought I was the only person who found it to be lackluster…

  10. Heather Cory on August 26, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I knew there was a reason I bought chocolate chips at TJ’s today 😉
    These cookies are being made tonight!!

  11. Tooba on August 26, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Yummilicious ! Best treat for a chocoholic and oat meal lover like me . Will definitely try making them . Thanks for the recipe .

  12. Alycia on August 26, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Cookies are the way to my heart. Cake gets you to my soul!

  13. Mona W. on August 27, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Hi Gina!
    My sweet tooth an I would like to thank you for the recipe 😉
    Though I’m not on a gluten-free or vegan diet, your recipes always make me so curious. I’ll whip up a batch of these cookies this weekend! Greetings from freezing Germany (60°F how’s that for a summer?…)

  14. Lucie@FitSwissChick on August 27, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chips?? Oh I would LOVE to try these!! Anyway these cookies sound so good and I am with you, Creme brulee NEVER gets me.
    I created a Paleo Chocolate Chips Recipe 2 weeks ago and brought it to Crossfit – they werr gone in NO time, SO good.

  15. Brynn on August 27, 2014 at 6:41 am

    OK, I need to place an order. This momma is rolling into her final weeks of pregnancy and your pictures/recipes always leave me drooling. You deliver, right? 😉

  16. kristin @ W [H] A T C H on August 27, 2014 at 10:42 am

    these look incredible.

  17. Alex @ True Femme on August 27, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I just got some of those agave caramels this weekend! I actually have a really similar recipe to this that I make every now and then but it doesn’t use almond flour or applesauce. I bet these are awesome though! Chocolate and peanut butter are such a great combo and they work so well with oats!

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      the caramels are amaaaaazing

  18. Jen on August 27, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    These look amazing…2 questions:
    When you say “stir” do you mean by hand or with a mixer?
    Could you leave out the flax?

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      i used a spoon and a bowl- no mixer!
      i would still use the flax or chia (some type of binding agent) since these are egg-free

      • Jen on August 28, 2014 at 5:34 am

        Chia Powder! Great idea – thanks!

  19. haley @Cupcakes and on August 27, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    ummm YUM I can’t wait to try these out. breakfast cookies, perhaps? 🙂

  20. Tracy on August 27, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    You had me at gooier and chocolatey! Yum! And I love Supercharge Me Cookies! Thanks for the reminder. I need to make those again soon!

  21. Michele on August 27, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Hi Gina – I’m just wondering if the comments are supposed to be all kind of squished on the left side of the page with a big open space in the middle of the page? It just looks a little off and thought I would let you know.

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      are you on mobile or on a desktop??

  22. Michele on August 27, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Desktop with IE

  23. Michele on August 27, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Checking it from my tablet and it still looks the same.

    • Fitnessista on August 28, 2014 at 12:50 am

      Ok, thank you for letting me know! I’ll email my web designer and hope she can fix it!

  24. shaina on August 28, 2014 at 1:51 am

    YUM! I was going to make some cookies this weekend to take over to the amazing L&D nurses I had and these are looking like the front runner! 🙂

  25. Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine on August 28, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I love oatmeal cookies… raisins, chocolate, nuts, whatever. The chewy oatmeal is what makes a cookie! Your cookies look like ones my mom made when I was a kid. I used to take hers and freeze them– so good.

  26. Katie on August 28, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Made ’em! You did NOT disappoint, so delicious!!! Thanks, Gina!

    • Fitnessista on August 28, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      yeahhhhh! awesome!

  27. Tammy on August 31, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Hi Gina, HELP! I just made these because they look and sound DELICIOUS! Chocolatey and gooey which I love, but I used regular white flour since I didn’t have almond meal and they didn’t turn out, they were dry and crumbly and I used the proportions to a T. Where do you think I went wrong? I see others made it and turned out great! So I must’ve done something wrong. Let me know if you have any suggestions, I would love to try to make them again…maybe 2 cups of flour was too much?

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      try reducing it to one cup. i’m so sorry they didn’t turn out!! i need to adjust the recipe. xoxo

      • Tammy on August 31, 2014 at 9:43 pm

        Ok thanks! I’ll try that. And don’t be sorry, love your recipes! We all need a cookie fail once in awhile, makes us appreciate it when we do make an awesome batch that all gets devoured in one night. haha. xo

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