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Easy Homemade Oatmeal Cookies – Three Recipes

Easy homemade oatmeal cookies recipe from scratch
Photo: © Utopia / Pascal Thiele

Homemade oatmeal cookies are easy to make, taste great and are wildly nutritious. Make your own oatmeal cookies with these easy recipes – one of which only needs two ingredients!

Tasty oatmeal cookies, easy and homemade with one very healthy whole-grain ingredient: rolled oats. Oats are packed with protein, fiber and carbohydrates and provide healthy unsaturated fats. Rolled oats are also a great source of vitamin B and other important dietary minerals.

#1 Homemade Oatmeal Cookies: The Classic (Vegan) Recipe

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You can easily make this yummy homemade oatmeal cookie recipe vegan: simply use vegan margarine and fruit instead of eggs and butter. (Photo: © Utopia / Pascal Thiele)

Traditionally, this first easy homemade oatmeal cookies recipe calls for butter and eggs. However, the oatmeal cookies recipe will turn out just as tasty without animal products. Going vegan doesn’t have to be all or nothing – every step counts. So why not give the vegan version a try?

You’ll need the following ingredients for this easy homemade oatmeal cookies recipe:

  • 1/3 cup of vegan margarine or plant-based oil (e.g. canola oil, sunflower oil or coconut oil)
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of whole grain flour
  • 3 1/3 cup of (homemade) applesauce or 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of baking powder or baking soda
  • slightly more than 2 cups of rolled oats

The measurements for this oatmeal cookie recipe are portioned for one baking tray of around 15-20 cookies. In addition to the oatmeal cookie ingredients listed above, you’ll also need a small pot for melting the margarine, a mixing bowl, a hand mixer or wooden spoon and a baking tray.

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Homemade Oatmeal Cookie Recipe: Here’s How it’s Done

Total prep time: around 30 minutes.

  1. Melt the margarine in a pot at low to medium heat. If you’re using vegetable oil, skip this step.
  2. Transfer to a a mixing bowl, add the sugar and flour and mix everything together thoroughly with either a hand mixer or wooden spoon.
  3. Add the applesauce or crushed banana, stir together.
  4. Mix in the cinnamon, salt and baking powder (or baking soda) and mix once more.
  5. Add the rolled oats. Mix together thoroughly one last time.
  6. Grease the baking pan or tray and use a tablespoon to place cookie-sized dough drops evenly spaced for baking.
  7. Bake at 355°F in the preheated oven for around 15 minutes until crispy. (Or save energy and skip preheating your oven! Place your homemade oatmeal cookies in the cold oven and set to 355°F. Baking time is only around 5 minutes longer.)

20 minutes later and your tasty homemade oatmeal cookies are done! Let cool for around 10-15 minutes.

Tip: You want to bake your own homemade oatmeal cookies with the traditional recipe? Be sure to use organic butter and eggs from sustainable sources. This way you’re practicing sustainable consumption by supporting the proper treatment of animals.

#2 Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe with Only Two Ingredients

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Complete this easy oatmeal cookies recipe even quicker: pan fry your oatmeal cookies with coconut oil. (Photo: © Utopia / Pascal Thiele)

One ingenious time-saving and extremely healthy oatmeal cookie recipe variation is the classic two-ingredient version for making baking a breeze: easy homemade oatmeal cookies with bananas and oats. The bananas provide the sweetness factor so you don’t need sugar. This way, they’re great for kids or anybody else looking for a healthy and nutritious snack. (Looking for more healthy snack ideas? Healthy homemade granola bars are another great pick!)

Keep your homemade oatmeal cookie recipe as healthy as possible by only using organic fair-trade bananas! Conventional bananas are often loaded with pesticides harmful to the environment and your health.

Ingredients for a tray of easy homemade oatmeal cookies: 

  • 3 bananas (organic)
  • around 2 cups of rolled oats

Utopia’s tip: Do you have more holiday baking on your agenda? After you’re done with this easy oatmeal recipe, why not give this one a try: Vegan Christmas Cookies: Two Simple Recipes.

Easy Oatmeal Cookies: The Recipe

Total prep time: 25-30 minutes.

  1. Puree the bananas.
  2. Add the rolled oats and mix together using a hand mixer or wooden spoon.
  3. Grease a baking tray with vegan margarine or coconut oil.
  4. Shape cookies with your hands, place on the tray and bake at 355°F for around 15 minutes (or for 20 minutes without preheating the oven).

In a rush? Here’s a tip: If you’re short on time, you can also fry your homemade oatmeal cookies in a pan with a bit of coconut oil instead of baking them.

Tasty Oatmeal Cookie Recipe Variations:

  • For a more nutty flavor, you can add ground hazelnuts, almonds or walnuts to your homemade oatmeal cookies.
  • If you like your cookies a bit more creamy, add some peanut or almond butter to the mix.
  • Lend your oatmeal cookies a seasonal touch with 1 tbsp. of cinnamon and a pinch of vanilla.
  • Want to sweeten up your homemade oatmeal cookies? Try adding some raisins or sliced dates to your recipe.

#3 Homemade Oatmeal Cookies Recipe: Coconut Hazelnut Oatmeal Cookies

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Coconut hazelnut oatmeal cookies are a fan-favorite at Utopia. (Photo: © Utopia / Pascal Thiele)

This easy oatmeal cookies recipe is based on the first banana and oats recipe. This version of the simple oatmeal cookies recipe has been refined by adding grated coconut and ground hazelnut to lend your homemade cookies some additional seasonal flavor.

Ingredients for one tray of coconut hazelnut oatmeal cookies:

  • 3 bananas
  • 1/4 cup of whole grain flour
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 large pinch of vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 large pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of baking powder or baking soda
  • 3/8 – 1/2 cup of grated coconut
  • 2 tbsp. sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup ground hazelnuts
  • 1 2/3 cups of rolled oats

Coconut Hazelnut Oatmeal Cookies: The Recipe

Total prep time: around 30 minutes.

  1. First, puree the bananas until smooth in consistency.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and baking powder (or baking soda) and mix together thoroughly.
  3. Add the grated coconuts, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts and rolled oats.
  4. Mix using a spoon or by hand.
  5. Grease the baking tray with vegan margarine or coconut oil.
  6. Place the cookies on the tray and bake at 355°F for around 15 – 20 minutes. Don’t preheat your oven and save energy! The cookies will need only slightly longer (around 20 minutes).

You may also enjoy: Lebkuchen Recipe: Traditional German Gingerbread Cookies

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This article was translated from German to English by Evan Binford. You can view the original here: Haferkekse-Rezept: So backst du die gesunden und leckeren Kekse.

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