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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies No Butter

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One of my favorite ingredients that can be used in cookies is oats. Oats are a versatile ingredient that can be used in baking, eaten on their own, or even added to smoothies.

Oatmeal is usually associated with breakfast and for good reason, it’s a very satisfying and filling food. It’s a popular breakfast food for everyone from infants to adults.

Oatmeal also has a wonderful and unique texture and nutty flavor when used in baked goods like cookies or muffins.

Oatmeal raisin cookies are a very popular combination but using chocolate chips makes them sweeter and more of a dessert type of cookie.

Although these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are not technically breakfast cookies, they would still pair really well with your morning coffee. They also make a great snack for when you are on the go.

You can add in different ingredients like nuts or raisins to make it a more nutritionally beneficial snack. They may also be a good way to get picky eaters to eat their oats. 

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History of Oatmeal Cookies

Before oatmeal cookies, there were oatcakes used by the British as sustenance that was easy to carry when in battle.

Many people believe that this is where oatmeal cookies originated. A recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies was first introduced in the 1800s.

The oatmeal raisin cookie has become extremely popular over the years and eventually, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies also become popular.

It’s easy to find many pre-made oatmeal cookies in the grocery store as well as different variations like oatmeal bars.

Are Oatmeal Cookies Healthy?

Oats are a wonderful and nutritious ingredient. They contain fiber and antioxidants. Oats are also very filling, a reason why it is so often eaten at breakfast time.

They make the perfect ingredient for a meal or snack that will give you energy throughout the day. This can also help to prevent overeating because they do help to keep you fuller longer.

Oats are also rich in vitamins and contain iron, folate, magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins among others.

What Kind of Oats for Cookies?

Oats can be found in a few different forms. There is instant oatmeal, whole oat groats, steel-cut oats, and rolled oats. Nutritionally none of these types of oats are really better than another.

However, when it comes to cookies or baking some types of oats are better for specific recipes. The flavor of each type of oatmeal can vary slightly as well.

Steel-cut oats have more of a nutty flavor however they take longer to cook and are not always ideal for use in baked goods.

Instant oatmeal is usually not recommended for baking and they are usually flavored with spiced and added sugar.

Rolled oats are usually the best option for baking. There is no extra preparation, you can add them directly to your recipe. They still provide a slightly nutty flavor and chewy texture for your cookies.

I personally use and recommend these rolled oats you can get on Amazon.

Another great thing about oats is that they can be made into flour. You can easily make your own oat flour by grinding your oats finely in a food processor or a strong blender.

Oat flour can be a great option for those who are looking for gluten-free flour. It can also be purchased pre-made if you do not want to make it yourself.

Oatmeal Cookie Mix Add-ins

You could swap chocolate chips for raisins if you prefer oatmeal raisin cookies. Another great thing about oatmeal is that it is naturally gluten-free.

If you can make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free certified oats and swapping the all-purpose flour for gluten-free baking flour.

Other add-ins that work well with this recipe:

  • Nuts such as walnuts or peanuts
  • Peanut or almond butter
  • Chocolate Chunks
  • Maple or almond extract (about 1 teaspoon each)
  • Different spices such as pumpkin spice, nutmeg or cinnamon 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies No Butter Recipe

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350° F and gather your ingredients.

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Step 2: In a medium-sized bowl, beat together oil, sugar, egg & vanilla in a bowl until combined.

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Step 3: Add the oats, flour, baking soda, and salt to the wet mixture and combine.

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Step 4: Add in chocolate chips.

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Step 5: Shape dough into 2-inch balls and place onto a baking sheet.

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Step 6: Bake for 10-14 minutes. Let cool on a baking rack. Enjoy!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies No Butter

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies No Butter

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

These delicious chocolate chip oatmeal cookies use vegetable oil (you could also use coconut oil or shortening) instead of butter. Enjoy!


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl mix together the oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl beat together oil, sugar, egg & vanilla in a bowl until combined.
  4. Slowly add dry mixture to the wet mixture and combine.
  5. Add in chocolate chips.
  6. Shape dough into 2-inch balls and place onto a baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 10- 14 minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 44mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g

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  1. These cookies are so easy amd delicious! I used olive oil and they turned out way better than anticipated. Chewy with crisp edges. My cookies are almost always a flop, but this recipe is a keeper-Thanks for sharing!

  2. I made this today. Not bad. It’s crispy on the sides but soft on the inside. I was afraid it looks hard but turns out quite easy to bite. My kids love it. I left out the chocolate chips.

  3. Yummy! I added 1/4 tsp of baking soda and salt instead of 1/8. I omitted the choco chips, used avocado oil (all I had on hand), and added hemp, chia and flaxseed for some secret nutrients! Love love loved it, especially because I was looking for an oatmeal cookie recipe with no butter and wasn’t sure how the oil would turn out. Overall 10/10 would recommend – thanks Jaron!

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