14 Wonderful Ways to Bake Healthy Oats Into Your Cookies

There’s more to oatmeal cookies than the recipe on the Quaker box. There are many amazing combinations out there, and why not put more oats in your cookies? According to Medical News Today, oats have more dietary fiber than any other grain, and they’re packed with beneficial minerals and vitamin E. Grab some oats and start baking — we have 14 ways for you to stuff oats into your cookies.

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Takes on traditional oatmeal cookies

1. For a cookie that’s crisp around the edges and chewy in the middle without being cakey, look no further than The Pioneer Woman’s Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies. If you have brown sugar and oats, you’re most of the way there.

2. Allergic to eggs? Dairy? Straight-up vegan? Oh She Glows has a Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookie that uses kamut flour, which is similar to spelt flour but has the benefit of being much lighter.

3. Remember those oatmeal sandwich cookies that came individually wrapped and seemed really moist but were really just soggy? These Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies from Melissa Clark, via The New York Times, are nothing like those. They’re moist inside and crisp on the edges, with a butterscotch flavor and a mascarpone filling.

4. If you’re not a fan of raisins in your oatmeal cookies but you still want to add fruit, Amy’s Healthy Baking has an answer in these Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies. With all the similarities to a blueberry muffin, we’re pretty sure these can be breakfast cookies.

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Oat flour

5. Don’t restrict your oat-imbued cookies to whole oats — these Roasted Walnut Shortbread Cookies from The Roasted Root use oat flour to produce soft and chewy gluten-free cookies. Note that not all oats are gluten-free, so double check your oat flour.

6. Use a food processor to change 8 of the 16 ounces of oats into oat flour in this recipe for The Oatiest Oatmeal Cookies from Alton Brown, via The Food Network.

7. Give your Snickerdoodles an oat-y base with oat flour in these cookies from Making Thyme for Health. They’re also vegan, trading butter for coconut oil. If you don’t want your Snickerdoodles to taste like coconut, make sure to use refined coconut oil.

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Bar cookies featuring oats

8. Why bother rolling and shaping cookies when you can make cookie bars? (Who said cookies had to be round, anyway?) Spread one layer of oatmeal cookie base around a pan, cover with strawberry preserves, and then top with the remaining oat base for these Strawberry Oatmeal Bars from The Pioneer Woman, via The Food Network.

9. We won’t go so far as to say these Healthy Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Bars are out-and-out healthy, but they’re certainly healthier than they could be and, as Half Baked Harvest claims, totally idiot-proof.

10. For the perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of tea, make these Chai-Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Bars from Minimalist Baker.

11. The much-craved combination of crunchy and gooey and sweet without being achingly sugary, these Oatmeal Carmelita Bars from Brown Eyed Baker are a must-make. They’re pretty much perfect.

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Oats and chocolate

12. It’s an age-old rift between friends everywhere: oatmeal raisin or oatmeal chocolate chip? We’ve paid homage to the former, and now it’s time to break out the chocolate and appease those in the latter camp with these Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

13. Don’t stop at chocolate chips, though: dive in headfirst and make them chocolate all the way through. These Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies from Bon Appétit, via Epicurious, have a chewy-crunchy texture and plenty of chocolate flavor.

14. Do you have a can of pumpkin puree still kicking around in the back of your cabinet? Pull it out and turn it into these delicious Pumpkin Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies from Cooking Classy. Studded with pecans, they’re a study in contrasting textures.

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