Healthier Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Erin

This post is sponsored by Kroger. All opinions remain my own.

Still get the chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie you love with whole wheat flour, less sugar, and also vegan to check all the boxes.

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I may not have children but I do work in the world of academic science and definitely still feel the effects of Back to School – especially this past weekend which was move-in day for undergraduates. But I do enjoy all the great lunch ideas, healthier snacks, and weeknight dinner recipes that pop up around this time of year because I also need all of those things as just a household of two. And I like to cook for others as well, which may require taking dietary restrictions into account.

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If you have kids, do any of them have dietary restrictions/allergies? Even though I do not, several people in my life have dairy restrictions, celiac, or voluntary eating styles (such as ketogenic or vegetarian) so I have some practice finding the right ingredients when cooking for said individuals. Thankfully, my Kroger right around the corner is a one-stop-shop for high quality ingredients to achieve wellness for every eating style, including innovative meal solutions with recipes, and helpful Kroger associates if you have any questions (such as I did when trying to identify the right vegan ingredients for this recipe).

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I decided to make my oatmeal cookies both vegan and a bit healthier than the original in order to accommodate many people: those who cannot eat dairy/eggs, the vegans, and those who want a cookie they can feel good about feeding to their kids (or eating themselves). So I swapped the eggs for flaxseed eggs, shortening and coconut oil instead of butter, soy yogurt in place of some of the oil, used less sugar, half whole wheat flour, vegan chocolate chips, and nuts (optional if you have a nut allergy to consider). Despite the many variables, these cookies still came out chewy, just the way an oatmeal cook should be.

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When addressing the vegan chocolate, I first didn’t realize that even semisweet or dark chocolate could have trace amounts of milk fat which to the more sensitive could be an issue. But Kroger actually carries allergy friendly semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips stocked right next to all the others in the baking aisle so there was no need to hunt down the specialty food section. I also picked up some vegan coconut oil located right next to all the other cooking oils. As much as I enjoy grocery shopping, I prefer to not wander around trying to find such specialty items in a different location.

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One year ago: Easy Cheesy Corn Dip

Two years ago: Coconut, Mango & White Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Three years ago: Weekly Meal Plan #26

Four years ago: Spiralized Apple Fritters

Five years ago: Skirt Steak with Kale Chimichurri Sauce

Six years ago: Eggplant Manicotti with Creamy Pesto Filling


Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies


1/2 cup vegan butter flavored shortening

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup nonfat plain vegan yogurt

1-1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

2 Tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 6 Tbsp warm water

2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup flour

1 cup white whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1-1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

3 cups rolled oats

1-1/2 cup Kroger Simple Truth Organic Vegan Chocolate Chips

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl beat coconut oil, shortening, yogurt, brown sugar, granulated sugar, flax mixture, and vanilla with a hand held mixer until well blended. In a medium bowl combine flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, stirring until just combined.
  3. Fold in rolled oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts (if desired). Shape dough into balls—about 2 tablespoons each. Place about 2 inches apart onto a silicone-lined onto prepared cookie sheets and press down slightly into round disks (the cookies do not spread well on their own).
  4. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes and remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Source: Adapted from my Healthier Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with tips from The Baking Fairy.

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Dad September 10, 2019 - 2:22 pm

I had apple pie ala mode wirth mom at lunch today. Iistening to music in lobby now.

spiffycookie September 10, 2019 - 10:12 pm

Sounds like a lovely day!

Eileen Kelly September 6, 2019 - 9:01 pm

I love these cookies. My girls have dairy issues and my older daughter is a vegan. I am always looking to make new recipes! These cookies are delicious! A great recipe!

spiffycookie September 9, 2019 - 10:57 am

Hooray I hope you make them together!

Angie September 4, 2019 - 9:53 pm

Heck YES! Making them for me and Jackson! Maybe even tomorrow!

spiffycookie September 5, 2019 - 1:49 pm

Love it! I expect feedback ;-)!

Amy (Savory Moments) September 4, 2019 - 9:33 pm

These look great! Vegan options are always nice to have!

Karen September 3, 2019 - 3:30 pm

No one will know the difference. They look delicious!

Sue Lau September 3, 2019 - 8:56 am

Great idea to have a vegan alternative for this classic cookie!

spiffycookie September 3, 2019 - 2:03 pm

Most people couldn’t tell either

Wendy Klik September 3, 2019 - 8:47 am

A treat that you can feel good about putting in the kids lunchbox.

spiffycookie September 3, 2019 - 2:04 pm

Or just eating for yourself!

Rita August 31, 2019 - 2:12 pm

These look yummy ????! Will have to try…

spiffycookie September 3, 2019 - 7:47 am

Thanks Aunt Rita, I hope you do!

Leslie August 22, 2019 - 8:37 pm

This recipe looks really good! My daughter would love to make this! I’ll have to pin it for her!

spiffycookie August 23, 2019 - 11:28 am

You’ll have to let me know what she thinks!

Kelly Neil August 21, 2019 - 8:13 pm

Oh I’m always looking for healthier cookie options to bake with my three year old daughter and these look perfect! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

spiffycookie August 22, 2019 - 10:56 am

Hooray I am sure she will love them too.

Valentina | The Baking Fairy August 21, 2019 - 3:53 pm

These cookies look so delicious!! As a vegan, I LOVE the Simple Truth line and I do most of my shopping at Kroger. Their products are my favorite!!

spiffycookie August 21, 2019 - 4:02 pm

If you vouch for them I know they are good!

Jas @ All that's Jas August 21, 2019 - 8:35 am

I love this version of oatmeal cookies. I can eat as many as I want, guilt-free! And my daughter won’t object when I give them to my grandkids, lol.

spiffycookie August 21, 2019 - 3:29 pm

You definitely need to serve these to your grandkids!


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