Healthy Almond Flour Oatmeal Cookies

These soft and chewy, melt-in-your-mouth almond flour oatmeal cookies are so easy and made healthy with no refined sugar and no dairy. They are also gluten free with a vegan option!

Stack of Soft Healthy Almond Flour Oatmeal Cookies
Photography by Jaia Taboada for Nutrition in the Kitch

 

Soft, Chewy, Melt-In-Your-Mouth Almond Flour Oatmeal Cookies

 

Oatmeal cookies have been a long time favourite of mine. For some reason I feel like a dad saying that, ha ha. It’s because when I think of traditional oatmeal cookies I am reminded of those old school big yellow boxes of Christie brand Dad’s Cookies. Anyone know what I’m talking about?

These Almond Flour Oatmeal Cookies are nothing like those hard crunchy Dad’s cookies! Instead, these are soft, chewy, perfectly sweet, and so satisfying, not to mention – healthy! 

Soft Healthy Almond Flour Oatmeal Cookies on a marble tray

Are Oatmeal Cookies Unhealthy?

 

Oatmeal cookies by the sounds of it should be healthy, right?

Not necessarily. While oatmeal cookies always contain rolled oats, which definitely are a healthy food high in fibre, b vitamins, and iron, the other ingredients typically found in the traditional version makes them less so. 

Classic oatmeal cookies usually contain butter, a lot (and I mean a lot) of white or brown sugar (both of which are refined), and white or all purpose flour. With refined ingredients and a lot of sugar, they are not the healthiest in the bunch. That being said, there are TONS of healthy oatmeal cookie recipes out there to enjoy, including these! 

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies Recipe with Almond Flour

Healthy Swaps for Oatmeal Cookies:

 

To make classic oatmeal cookies healthier, try the simple swaps below. Or, make my almond flour oatmeal cookies or another healthier version you can find online!

  • White all-purpose flour —> swap with —> Oat flour, almond flour, or brown rice flour
  • White or brown sugar —> swap with —> coconut palm sugar 
  • Butter —> swap with —> applesauce, mashed banana, or coconut oil

For these swaps, use the equal amount of each called for in the less-healthy recipe or version. 

Ingredients for Soft Healthy Almond Flour Oatmeal Cookies

Using Almond Flour For Cookies

 

Trying almond flour as an alternative to of white flour in cookies brings a nice healthy dose of fibre, iron, protein, and healthy fats. Almond flour has a more coarse consistency, and a nutty flavour, so it makes cookies slightly softer and more dense then regular white flour would.

I love using almond flour as a healthier refined flour alternative in baking and these almond flour oatmeal cookies are a great recipe to start with if you’ve never tried it. 

Other Ingredients in Almond Flour Oatmeal Cookies

 

Along with the almond flour, these delicious cookies contain other healthier alternatives including the following: 

  • Rolled Oats
  • Coconut Oil 
  • Applesauce
  • Egg (or use a “flax egg” for vegan)
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Baking soda
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Optional Add In:

  • Dark chocolate chips or Raisins 

Soft Healthy Almond Flour Oatmeal Cookies on a marble board with tea towel

Tips When Baking Healthier Cookies:

 

When it comes to making a healthier version of a traditional classic cookie there are some important things to keep in mind to get the best result. Healthier alternatives might bake differently and getting a little “too creative” with a recipe can end up in a flop.

  • Don’t stray too far from the recipe. If you are following a healthier cookie recipe you’ve found online, it’s best to stay as close to it as possible as the recipe has been tested as-is and making a lot of changes can spoil the outcome. 

 

  • Always let your cookies cool completely before eating… as hard as that is! Often times when using healthier alternatives like almond flour, the cookies will be quite soft when removed from the oven. If you pick them up too soon they will crumble apart. Be patient and let those babies cool before digging in! 

 

  • Don’t forget the “binding agent”. Cookies always need some sort of binder to keep them together, the most common binders for baking are eggs and the gluten in all purpose flour. If you are going for a vegan or gluten free cookie you’ll need to substitute these binding agents with a suitable alternative. These include: ground flaxseed, ground chia seed, applesauce, mashed banana, and more (<- here’s a great list!).

Stack of Soft Healthy Almond Flour Oatmeal Cookies

Are you a fan of oatmeal cookies? Have you tried a healthier version? Tell me about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later!

Five stacked Soft Healthy Almond Flour Oatmeal Cookies

Healthy Almond Flour Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: Makes 8-10 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These healthy almond flour oatmeal cookies are soft, chewy, and melt-in-your-mouth good! They are gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, and can easily be vegan.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if needed)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg (or 1 "flax egg" for vegan*)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Optional Add In:

  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips or raisins

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
    2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    3. In a bowl add the coconut oil and applesauce. Microwave for 20 seconds to warm.
    4. Add in the coconut sugar, egg, and vanilla and beat with electric hand mixer on medium-high.
    5. On low speed, add in the oats, almond flour, and baking soda.
    6. Optional: Fold in the chocolate chips or raisins.
    7. With clean hands coop just larger than golf-ball sized portions of the batter and shape into balls, then press with your hands until they are 1.5-2 inch cookies.
    8. Place on the baking sheet, then bake for 10 to 12 minutes untill golden brown.
    9. Remove from the oven and cool completely before enjoying.

Notes

* To make a "flax egg" combine 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 2.5 tablespoons of warm water and mix well, let sit for 5 minutes as it thickens and a gel consistency is achieved. Use in the place of 1 egg in the recipe.

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Healthy Oatmeal Cookies Recipe with Almond Flour

 

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Have a great day, 

Christal // NITK

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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