Rip’s Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies- made with oat flour and rolled oats, these oil-free cookies have a crisp exterior with a chewy center. (vegan, gluten-free & + refined sugar-free)
You might find this hard to believe but we didn’t have Netflix until this time last year. Everyone was all, Netflix and chill..and we were like, what’s wrong with cable?
When we finally caved, one of the first things we watched was the documentary Cowspiracy. Up until that point, I hadn’t taken the time to understand the environmental effects of our food choices and it was enlightening, to say the least.
After that we went on a bit of a documentary binge, absorbing all of the plant-based diet information we could find. One of them included Forks Over Knives starring a prevalent surgeon by the name of Caldwell Esselstyn Jr.
Dr Esselstyn has made it his life’s work to promote the healing powers of a plant-based diet and his family saw his passion and followed suit. His son, Rip Esselstyn went on to create the Engine 2 Diet which helped inspire his fellow firefighters to adopt a plant-based lifestyle and improve their overall health. Yep, that’s right. Burley men eating vegetables and liking it too!
Slowly but surely, Rip began to grow his brand to include a plant-strong food line that can be found at Whole Foods, the Engine 2 weekend retreat and immersion programs, and eventually a cookbook co-authored by his sister, Jane.
The recipes featured in the book are made entirely from whole foods without any added oils and minimal salt and sugars.
Cooking without oils has always been a struggle for me but I know many of you follow that lifestyle so I thought you might enjoy the recipe for these Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies. Not only is the ingredient list crazy simple and wholesome, but you only need one bowl to make them.
The publisher has been kind enough to allow me to offer two of you a chance to win a copy of the book! If you’re interested, please leave a comment below letting me know your thoughts on a plant-based diet.
I’ll contact the winners via email one week from today. Good luck!
**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!!**
Oatmeal-Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield: 12 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
From the book: “This dough can be made into balls or smashed flat. Our mom insists that cookies should be flat and crisp, while we prefer them round and softer inside. In our oven, the pan looks like an elephant stepped on part of it—half the cookies are flat and half are round balls. Either way, the recipe makes 12 great cookies.”
- 3/4 cup oat flour*
- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats*
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup almond butter**
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup non-dairy dark chocolate chips or 1.5 ounces finely chopped dark chocolate bar
Preheat the oven to 350°F then line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients then stir together until a dough forms.
Scoop the dough out 1 and 1/2-to-2 tablespoons at a time and roll into balls. Press down with the bottom of a glass (or your hand) to form a round disc shape (or leave as balls). Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until light golden brown on the edges. All to cool before serving and enjoy!
The original recipe doesn’t call for it but I added a 1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt to suit my taste preferences.
*Be sure to use certified gluten-free oats and oat flour for allergies
**Peanut butter or cashew butter will also work
***If you’re not a fan of raisins or chocolate, feel free to swap one out with extra of each other or substitute chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans.
Excerpted from the book THE ENGINE 2 COOKBOOK by Rip Esselstyn & Jane Esselstyn. Copyright © 2017 by Rip Esselstyn. Reprinted with permission of Grand Central Life & Style. All rights reserved.
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You know I’ve been heading down the plant-based road since this summer and so far I’m loving it! Since Riley is still very much a meat-eater, going full vegan is not really realistic for me unless we were to just have completely different dinners. I eat seafood maybe one meal a week and once every couple weeks I might have chicken, but other than that I follow a vegetarian diet. Cheese and butter are harder for me to cut out, but I can at least say I’ve cut back.
Those documentaries will really suck you in! Netflix is amazing, but it also sucks you down that bingeing rabbit hole haha.
Yes, I think it’s awesome that you’re eating more plant-based! It doesn’t have to be all or nothing and I wish more people understood that. It’s all about doing what works best for you and what makes you feel your best!
I love that comment. “It doesn’t have to be all or nothing”. That’s how I got started and still operate. I did the Engine 2 7 Day Rescue Challenge and that is all or nothing and it was great but now since my husband isn’t totally on board, I will occasionally eat meat when he brings it home. And going out, I am happy to get as close as I can-I am not going to be legalistic about it.
Yes! I much rather have someone doing their best and limiting their consumption than giving up altogether. I think the more approachable and flexible this lifestyle is, the more people will want to be apart of it. :)
haha I go on such binges with watching documentaries on Netflix! I’ve go awhile not watching any and then I get into a huge kick! Especially the food focused ones!
ANYWAY These cookies look and sound delicious! I haven’t really baked much at all since the holidays but I think it’s time :) We definitely eat mostly plant-based – not completely but we’ve found the balance that works great for us!
I love that! It’s all about balance and doing what works best for you.
I finally went fully plant based last February and haven’t looked back. Was vegetarian for 10 years prior and was leaning into fully vegan/plant based for the two years before finally becoming 100%. Wouldn’t change a thing!!! I love it! Can’t wait to make these cookies, Rip is very inspiring!
I would love to do a plant based diet full time. Currently we are part timers. We just run out of recipes to try. :(
I’ve been plant based for 31 years and never get tired of the food. I eat very simply though. These cookies are 120 calories each, which is pretty calorie dense.
These cookies look so good! Currently I am working on eating a more plant based diet. I’m experimenting with different recipes and finding that I enjoy it and feel so much bettter. Now I need to convince my husband!
My daughter and I went vegan from vegetarian and this is the healthiest and most energetic that either of us have felt! I’m always interested in more oil free recipes because I have a hard time figuring out how to use less oil in our cooking. I can’t wait to see more recipes from this book!
I’m glad I’m not alone in the oil-free struggle! Going almost 100% vegan is hard enough at first, I didn’t want to add more challenges by cutting out oil. So I just use it sparingly. :)
Would love to be in the drawing for Rip & Jane’s cookbook! Their dad’s book on preventing and reversing heart disease was life changing for me and since I love every single one of Jane & Ann’s recipes, I know I’ll love this cookbook! Haven’t ventured much into desserts trying to break my taste for sweets but this recipe looks like a husband pleaser.
I am always looking for new recipes. Eating a plant based diet is what healed my husband of cancer. We have been off the rails for a while and this would be a help to get us back on track.
I love following a plant-based diet! I have been a fan of the Esseltyn family and everything they do, and would love to add this cookbook to my collextion.
I went on a plant-based diet after reading the book “Eating Animals” and watching several documentaries including forks over knives. I am very grateful that I was informed and exposed to such information and glad that even an individual’s behavior can change things. My parents and in-laws still don’t understand why I went on such diet and they kept worrying about my health. Born and raised in China, their mindset and perception around meat is associated with high social status. In ancient China, pork was rare and was only served during big ceremonies for guests. It surely takes time to communicate my thoughts and reasons on plant-based diet and I am super grateful for such an opportunity. It is a long way but everybody counts
You should be so proud of yourself for being brave enough to go against the grain of what your family considers to be normal. I’d say the perception of meat is similar in the US, mostly among older generations. I think it will take some time to shift the mentality but I can already see great change happening which makes me hopeful. :)
We were really late to the NetFlix party too and now see what we were missing. We get hooked on a series and it’s so nice to be able to watch it whenever we want! I’ll have to look up those documentaries. I’ve had a friend recently watch Forks over Knives (I think that was it?) and she’s almost 100% vegan now.
These cookies look so wholesome and delicious and I have everything I have in the cupboard to make them!
It was probably What the Health. They are the same producers that made Cowspiracy. It went crazy on Netflix after being released last year and I’ve had so many people tell me they went vegan because of it.
You and I have had this conversation before. It doesn’t matter if you eat meat or eat a vegan diet, you can be unhealthy either way. The most important thing is to focus on whole foods with lots of plants! :)
These were great! Thanks for passing along the recipe! I’ve gone mostly plant based in order to lose weight, now I’m realizing how much healthier it is overall…
I went plant based 3 years ago due to high blood pressure and have never looked back. I love all the food and feel great eating this way. I also follow a no oil diet so these cookies sound perfect. Going to try them tonight.
I am not 100% plant based, but I do try to incorporate a lot of plant based meals into my diet. I used to skip over any recipe that said it was vegan, but once I finally started trying them, I was so surprised to see how delicious the recipes can be! And I feel so much better about them.
I am really wanting to make the change to 100% plant biased diet. My only downfall is I love cheese. Being a breastfeeding mom I know dairy can be linked to allergies in babies so I am slowly cutting it out of my diet. I am definitely going to try this recipe, as a few of the ingredients are beneficial for lactation.
having watched cowspiracy and forks over knives over the summer i switched from being a long time vegetarian to being vegan. while i still struggle with getting enough protein, overall i feel really committed to staying with this lifestyle which seems to be so rooted in compassion.
Loving the ingredients in these babies! Going to have to add them to my list too! I’m always looking for more “healthy” cookie options :)
I would love to win a copy! I’ve been vegan 10 years!
I would love to embrace the plant-based diet fully! This cookbook would be awesome!
I’ve been eating a plant based diet for about 6 years now and I’m so glad I made the transition. It has changed my life in so many ways. I’ve recently been trying to reduce the amount of oil I eat but have been struggling with it as well. More recipes like this will definitely help!
I am lacto-ovo vegetarian, but limit my dairy to goat cheese and goat yogurt . I had a chronic cough/congestion that the doctor could not figure out and multiple meds couldn’t fix. I cut out dairy and the cough disappeared. There are so many great substitutes for dairy that I don’t really miss it. Love your blog!
These look great! Can’t wait to try them. I do a plant based diet for the most part! I never cook or buy meat, but will have some if we are out at a restaurant or party. But it’s drastically cut back our meat intake and it’s been fun to become more dependent on vegetables to be the core of our diet. I always feel so much better after eating a plant based meal. I love your website and use a lot of your recipes! Thanks for the inspiration!
I’ve been vegetarian for the past 3.5 years, but it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with celiac disease that I really shifted my diet to what I would consider fully plant based. My monumental diet shift really encouraged me to be creative in the kitchen, “buthering” vegetables rather than meat, and making vegetables the star of each plate, rather than an afterthought. Since my diet change, I have so much more energy and stamina (before I found out I had celiac, I would get inexplicably exhausted after walking up 2 flights of stairs, and I am an active person!). Not only that, but I have recently been living in my childhood Home due to extenuating circumstances, and my parents have noticed a shift in the way they feel since I have been around. I cook all the dinners for our family, and I strive to make plants the star of each meal, and my omnivorous parents have been such food receptors of my culinary expeditions. I am am honestly thankful for this need to be creative in the kitchen, and my family and I are healthier than ever before. I think it goes without saying that this cookbook would seriously go to good use in my home!
Wow, definitely going to try these out! Cowspiracy as one of the movies that helped me transition to a plant-based died. Before, I ate meat/eggs/dairy very rarely, but after seeing the devastating impact that animal agriculture has on the animals and the planet, I just couldn’t go back! Now I’m going on my 3rd year as a vegan and I’ve never regretting it for a moment :) so overall, my thoughts on a plant-based diet are “DO IT!”
I am trying to get more plant based recipes in our diet,as my husband had a heart attack at 48! Haven’t been successful at finding a consistent supply of good recipes! I think this may be the answer I have been looking for!
My daughter is allergic to flax seeds… can I leave it out?
I really like this recipe ….I’ve made many cookie recipes from your site!
I would love to win a copy of the book since I’m trying to eat a plant based diet because I’m pre-diabetic.
When I stick with a plant based diet, I feel soooo much better! Will have to try these cookies. When you are a baker, it is tough to not use butter, etc.
Would love to be in the drawing! Sounds like something I could really really use to help me loose at least 100 lbs! Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!
I love watching documentaries, but have found one has to be careful watching them too, because often they are bias to one extreme or another. :( Even saying that, there sure is some great ones out there!
Thank you for doing a great giveaway! Blessings!
I’ve heard the words “plant based diet” mean so many different things to different people. Personally, I feel my diet is plant based in that my meals focus on fresh fruits and veggies with the occasional sustainable fish thrown in. I tried completely vegetarian but my body just does not thrive on it (especially with all my diet limitations ) it led to some obsessive thoughts so I added fish back. I’ve had his engine 2 granola and OH MAH WORD so good!! Would love to win his whole book!
Plant based recipes should make an appearance in every home! They are from the earth and simple! We should have a plant based Wednesday campaign :) I’d love to be in the running for a copy of the book and will try these cookies out pronto !
Plant based for over a year now with minimal/no salt or oil. The challenge of finding and making delicious recipes has been fun and the benefits to our health have been astounding! WFPB for life!
I struggle with incorporating a plant based diet into our family. My husband has seen some of the documentaries, even some animal welfare ones, yet he still says he has to have meat. My kids are super picky. So I make two dinners meanwhile and then it gets too expensive and difficult so I give up. I truly believe a plant based diet is the healthiest and so good for the planet. I will keep trying and I am totalky making those cookies!
These cookies look delicious. Bonus points …..they are healthy, too. I’d love to win the book and try other plant based recipes in it.
Plant based is the way to go! Working hard at switching over my family.
I discovered Engine2 products in our Whole Foods and have loved every one that I’ve tried so far. I especially love the hearty crispbreads, which go so well as a side for soups or salads. I’m really excited that they are putting out a cookbook! If this cookie recipe is any indication, I think it’s safe to assume that all of the recipes will be equally wholesome, hearty and based on raw, real ingredients. Sweet!
I went full vegan last year, at age 51 after researching dietary changes for health reasons; I watched FOK, What the Health, then Earthlings..which really opened my eyes. Although I feel better than I used to, I’m looking to eat more plant based with no oils, and finding recipes online seems daunting at times but I’ll never go back to the Standard American Diet!
I am vegan, so I 100% support plant-based diets. These cookies look delicious and I like that the ingredient list is simple, so I will try to bake them!
Love this short ingredient list! These cookies look delicious.
I’ve seen a lot of those types of documentaries, and they always make me sad. What society is doing to our bodies, animals, and the planet with our diets is a pretty tough pill to swallow. I actually watched Forks Over Knives, and then the very next week met one of the doctors who’s in the documentary and saw him present at a seminar. It was neat!
These cookies look delish! I will have to try them this weekend. We went to an entire plant-based diet in March 2017 (and your site was a great resource!). We have a versatile enough menu now that none of us (we have 4 daughters 7 and under) feel like we’re missing out. Nachos with ‘cheese’ sauce and all the toppings. Check. Cookies and brownies? Check. Curries, noodle bowls, and rice dishes. Check. Great hand-held sandwiches, fajitas and wraps. Check. And on it goes. There’s been some trial and error along the way but overall we feel great, eat well, and enjoy our time around the table together. Thanks for all your effort in providing great recipes!
The cookies are in the oven as I type! Our entire family has been plant based for over 4 years now. We are super healthy and feel great! One of the best choices we have ever made. It is a whole new way of cooking but these blogs really help get the creative juices going!
My husband and I have been trying to eat mostly a plant based diet so far this year. Your cookies look so delicious and I can’t wait to try the recipe! Would love this cookbook!
I’m so excited these didn’t rely on mashed banana (which I’m allergic to) for their moisture! I’m a vegetarian, but have recently been evaluating my sweet tooth–these look like a great way to satisfy!
My family and I eat almost entirely plant-based recipes. We do eat the occasional grass-fed meat/egg and fatty fish. This lifestyle has made an incredible difference in our lives.
I have been plant based since September. Altho its a struggle some days, I feel so much better! I have multiple food allergies and this is the best thing I could do for myself. I am the only one eating this way but my family supports me 100%!
THANK YOU for posting this recipe! I’ve been a veggie lover for awhile, but I married a man who was far from a healthy eater. A nightly snack would be an entire bag of suckers!!! We watched several documentaries, one of which was the Engine 2 story. Since then, my husband is onboard to eating a plant-based lifestyle. So, I NEED HELP with tasty recipes like this one! I’d love to get a copy of the Engine 2 cookbook! Sincerely, thanks again for the recipe!
I went plant based a few years ago after watching Rip’s documentary and then Forks Over Knives on Netflix. Giving up dairy was my hang up, until I found some good yogurt and I love plant based milks.
I have my pantry staples and I’m ok with that. It’s great with IG finding others who create recipes and try out new products!!!!
You are definitely a favorite!
These cookies look amazing and will be baked in our house within the next day or so! One can never have too many plant based recipes. This cookbook would be put to good use in my kitchen. Thanks for the offer.
These cookies are wonderful. My husband and I have been Vegan for 2 years and Plant Based for 41/2 months. Loving it! Finally found our new life style. This is definitely not a diet for us. We will never go back. NEVER!
Thank you for the cookie recipe and many others. Shari and Tony Jones
I’m not 100% plant-based either but I try to prepare a vegetarian or vegan meal at least once a week. However, I think it would be beneficial to my body if I upped my plant diet to several times a week, if not more.
I love recipes like this because it also uses natural sugar. I’m desperately trying to cut out refined sugar in my life. Sugar is toxic to our bodies yet it’s hidden in almost everything we eat! Even though I still eat meat, I do my best to avoid the middle “processed foods” aisle in the grocery store.
This month I kicked off my refined sugar-free journey. Admittedly, I have cheated a little bit, but my refined sugar consumption is way down from what it used to be. Recipes like this help me break my sugar addiction b/c it does a great job curbing the craving! I can’t wait to try these cookies!
I started my plant based journey on January 3, 2017 on the first Seven Day Rescue Challenge. I bought Rip’s book and never looked back. I have lost 45 pounds without really trying just by changing from the SAD diet and eating whole food plant based. No going back to eating like I used to. I encourage everyone who asks me about my diet to eat this way and get Rip’s books.
Plant based diets are awesome!
Plant based is LIFE. Not only has my body responded so positively to this lifestyle, but my outlook on life has improved (I have and had suffered many chronic diseases).
Plant based is LOVE. It is a gift that I can choose to give myself every day. It is a way of telling myself ‘I love you enough that I am willing to do this for you.’
Plant based is PEACE. I have become more mindful, not only in my decisions on how I treat myself, but how I treat others as well (including those who have no voice). Plant based has helped me to focus on the here and now.
Plant based is RENEWAL. I have let go of the old life in which I had not been so kind to myself, and thanked it for the lessons I had learned. I now, optimistically, begin my next journey, full of renewed LIFE, LOVE, and PEACE, and a hope for a better future for all those just starting this journey, as well as those who still have not yet found their way.
So Happy I saw your Blog! 4 yrs ago I went to a movie premier of Forks Over Knives thru Whole Foods and met Rip. So inspiring I filled out an application @ work to go to his Engine 2 Immersion and got picked to attend in Sedona! When asked why I wanted to go, the answer was simple “I don’t want to die”! I was over weight, high blood pres so high, etc! Best thing I ever did for myself. I’m vegetarian now. Use lots of veg broth to cook with, no oil. These cookies were so yummy! Loved them and so did the meat eating husband (whos also a sugar junky)! Would LOVE the new cook book to keep me going with more interesting recipes. I’ve been following the FB site for Engine 2 and they all refer to this book and I don’t have the recipes to make what they’re talking about. :) Thanks!!
I am transitioning to a more plant based-diet after reading about the benefits over the traditional high protein/meat diet. I plan to consume poultry, eggs, and fish in smaller quantities
I think that’s awesome Karen! If everyone had that mentality, simply reducing their consumption of animal products, then the planet and the animals would benefit greatly. I hope that becomes the norm. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing!
Have been living the plant based lifestyle for coming up on 5 years. Best 5 years of my life health wise. And otherwise too! I think it’s contagious. It’s had such a positive life changing affect on every aspect of our lives. So happy we found it.
I have been 100% plant based since Jan. and loving it. Easy meal preps. I cannot wait to make these cookies. Thank you for sharing. Wish me luck on the new cookbook :)
I plan on making these for The Game on Sunday. I have been plant based for a few years, and I feel more alert and energized. There are so many recipes to try I can’t decide what to make next.
Thank you for sharing this yummy looking recipe! My family and I are beginning to eat whole food, plant-based and are always looking for good recipes. I’m wondering if anyone has any suggestions for modifications they have found that worked for my daughter who is allergic to all nuts? We can try a sunbutter but wasn’t sure if anyone else had tried anything that worked. Thanks again, I am a cancer survivor as well and learning good healthy eating and sharing what I learn with my kids is so important!
I think plant based eating is wonderful for some people-but everyone has different needs and there is no one way of eating that benefits everyone.
These look great! I’ve been looking for a recipe to satisfy my cookie addiction without all the refined sugar. I mean, I can only take so much banana substitutes/flavor in my desserts haha. I’ve been eating a plant based diet on the weekdays (1-2 meals include fish) and keeping the weekend open. I did this to make more of an effort of eating vegetables at my meals because I knew I wasn’t getting enough. Now this makes me think about what veggies I’m going to eat first and how can I incorporate plant based protein. My friend just shared your site with me so I’m excited to learn no more.
The plant based diet is the way to go! The food is so delicious and I know I’m doing good things for my body. So glad to head into my elder years so healthy.
I am new to my journey if Plant Based diet due to severe medical problems. My cousin Char Nolan a plant based Engine 2 chef in PA is helping me. I can not afford the new book right now due to chemo. I would live to be able to have my copy to have more compliant recipes. PLEASE. The cookies are awesome
I’ve been following a plant based diet for many years and I love it!
I began making this, tasted the dough, and all of the dough ended up in my tummy and none went into the oven.
Whoops, guess I’ll have to try again soon!
I have been trying to transition to a plant based diet for a long time for health reasons. I love trying new recipes to prove to myself this way of living does not deprive me of tasty food.
Yum! Went wfpb a year ago after watch FOL on Netflix. My wife and I agreed to try it for 1 mo- now it’s been 11. Feel better – losing #. Totally no oil is still a challenge. This might be the book I need. Thanks for this recipe. Snowy here today- think I’m making cookies!
Thank you for sharing this recipe! I am always looking for new recipes that are healthy and that my children will eat! I can’t wait to try these :).
These have a slightly tangy taste to me. They are not greasy, not overly sweet and pretty tasty. Easy to make and very wholesome ingredients. Everything stirs together easily. Texture is good, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. I did use the salt, but may cut it down to 1/4 teaspoon next time. I may also try these with almond extract in place of the vanilla.
My husband and I went plant-based 7 years ago, lost 100 lbs between the two of us and are still plant-strong. It is challenging in today’s society, but worth the effort! We are rarely sick and struggle less with weight gain than we used to. Please add me to the drawing, as I am always searching for new recipes. Thanks!!!
I started going plant-based about 2 years ago and have been vegan for a little over a year and a half and it is the best decision I have ever made! My interest in a plant-based diet/lifestyle started 3 years ago, but I always assumed it would be hard to ‘give up’ a lot of my favorite foods and that my friends/family would think I was crazy. Ever since I decided to, I have tried so many new foods I never thought I would try, got really into cooking and experimenting with baking (which is why I’m so excited to give this recipe a try). Foods that I thought I would miss I don’t at all because going plant-based introduced me to so many more amazing new foods that have now become my favorites! It also lead me to the job I have today, gave me a new passion in life and I have honestly never felt better!
I really agree with your approach towards a plant based diet– I think whether you’re vegan or not, the main point is to eat balanced and be a conscious consumer. Thank you for the recipe.
After discovering some food allergies I have this type of diet has become very interesting to me and I’ve been trying to eat this way more and more!
A plant based diet is the best decision I have ever made for myself and for the planet. I feel connected in a way I didn’t before and it has inspired me to do things that I truly enjoy! Thank you for your wonderful website Sarah. X
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Holy moly! Those look delicious! I would have to say that I have never felt better than on a plant based diet. It offers so many benefits that it’s crazy!
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I made this cookies and they are so easy to make, the texture is fine but They lack flavor.
Did you try adding salt to them? I found that helped the flavor a lot.
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Wow love these cookies
Thank you Rip
Nice recipe! However, dairy free chocolate chips is technically not a whole food plant based food. They are processed with added oil in the form of cocoa butter which is theobroma oil. This is not oil free. I don’t understand why people don’t understand this. There is no way to make chocolate chips without oil, therefore whenever chocolate chips are used, (especially vegan dairy free chocolate chips) it is made of and contains mostly oil. Theobroma oil. Yes, I realize Forks Over Knives promotes the use of dairy free chocolate chip but strictly speaking they are not a whole food plant based food, especially because of the processed oil involved. I guess it depends on how strict you want to be. But to promote something as oil free (something that is free from added or processed oil) when it is not, is misleading for those who are trying to avoid oil. For those trying to avoid oil, substitute cocoa powder or caocao powder instead of oil ridden chocolate chips. Or omit them altogether.
Thanks for your input, Will! You could actually use chocolate chunks from a bar of dark chocolate for an oil-free option. Adding cocoa powder to the recipe would not yield desirable results.
Currently have these in the oven. I added some cinnamon
And left out the chocolate because that is how I like my oatmeal raisin cookies. I ate some of the dough and it was delish. Patiently waiting for them to bake.
They are out. I left mine in a ball and had to flatten at the 12 min mark because they were not spreading at all. Baked another 3. I made 12, they are a little crumbly but still taste wonderful.
These are great! I think next time I might cut back on maple syrup but other than that… yum!
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I’ve been an ovo-lacto vegetarian for decades and went whole food plant based this year. I’m loving it! I lost weight without even trying and I feel great. My omnivore (meat-every-day) husband is now even motivated to try a vegan diet the entire month of January, and that’s huge! Besides the health benefits, I am happy to be doing my small part for the planet. I am always on the lookout for yummy recipes without a ton of ingredients, so I was happy to find these cookies. Can’t wait to try them and others!
Is there any other option for the nut butter? My husband can not tolerate nuts or seeds after a stroke almost 4 yrs ago.
If you don’t need them to be oil-free then coconut oil might work. I can’t guarantee results without testing it myself though.
Trying to satisfy my chocolate sweet tooth is a challenge eating WFPB so definitely going to try these cookies.
Willing to try a plant based diet for health reasons.
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Can’t wait to try these! Do you make your own oat flour by blending?
I usually buy mine since it’s finely ground but you could make it in a blender or a food processor. A high speed blender would be best to get it to a fine texture, otherwise just keep in mind the end result will be more like a chunky oatmeal cookie.
We love this recipe!! I feel better about serving it to my kids than traditional cookies. My son just begged me to make chocolate chip cookies and within 10 minutes I had these in the oven. Thank you for sharing!
Excellent recipe! I used chopped dried cherries instead of raisins. 1/2 tsp salt was too much so I’ll reduce to 1/4 tsp next time but this is definitely a keeper (along with the oat waffles!!) Thank you.
I just made these today. I’m not a fan of raisins in my baked good, so I substituted dates. Delicious and so fast and easy. Thank you!
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Wow! I have labeled these Best Vegan Cookies So Far in my recipe collection. Flavor that I love and nice crunch. Very filling so you can’t over eat them. I used chopped pecans instead of raisins and they were terrific. Thanks for sharing.
I tried them, but it came out too soft. When I pick one of them up it crumbles and falls apart. I didn’t add any chocolate, could that be it?
Hmm…no that shouldn’t have changed anything. Did you use almond butter with oil added? It’s best to use a natural drippy almond butter.
It has been a 2 year process of switching to plant based but when I got diagnosed with cancer in March of 2022, I was hard core. No sugar, dairy, only sprouted grains, and oat and coconut flour and no processed foods. I struggle with meal ideas and variety so would be delighted at winning this acclaimed book! Health to all! ❤