Chocolate Explosion Oatmeal Cookies

I was in a baking mood and my husband was in a cookie eating mood, so I whipped out my copy of Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar for a little inspiration, and to give the book another go. So far, it has been a little hit and miss … the hits scoring big points, and the misses still tasting okay, but often a bit too sweet and lacking in the performance category.

Fortunately, the Chocolate Fudgey Oatmeal Cookies were a hit with the husband … and I liked them too! I omitted the fruit, and added in more chocolate. Craving perhaps? Anyway, these are the chocolatiest oatmeal cookies I have ever tasted … almost like an oatmeal-spiked brownie.

chocolate explosion oatmeal cookie

I made a few adjustments to the recipe including an ingredient swap or two, but stayed true to the concept. Here is my modified version …


Chocolate Explosion Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe adapted from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. This recipe is Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free, and Soy-Free.

  • 2 Cups Quick Oats (not instant)
  • 1-2/3 Cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1-1/2 Cups Sugar (I have to admit, plain white sugar (organic if you can) is a standout in chocolate cookies and brownies, but if you want a wholesome alternative, feel free to experiment here with evaporated cane juice or granulated palm sugar)
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Flaxseed
  • 2/3 Cup Unsweetened Milk Alternative (I used coconut milk beverage)
  • 2/3 Cup Olive Oil (extra-light or regular)
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips (I used the mini-chips from Enjoy Life Foods)

Preheat your oven to 350ºF.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the oats, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, flax, milk alternative, oil, and vanilla. Stir or mix until smooth.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and stir until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop the batter by the heaping spoonful (a couple tablespoons) onto your baking sheets (I lined mine with a silpat). Shape and flatten the cookies slightly, they only spread a wee bit.

Cook for 10 minutes, or until the tops are no longer shiny. I prefer them a little soft in the middle, and 10 minutes seemed to be spot on for this.

Yields 12-16 brownie-like pillows

choc explosion oat cookies

Hearty Oat Chocolate Chippers (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

Though I have finally migrated from the “Lite Bites” section of Cookies for Everyone! to the “Drop Cookies,” I still went straight for the Hearty Chocolate Chippers. My cookie cravings lately seem to be intertwined with my body’s call for nutrition. But a cookie is a cookie after all, and still a worthy indulgence in my book. 

Oaty / Hearty Chocolate Chippers

As you can see, my cookies are a bit on the toasty side. Not burnt by any means, and still utterly delicious, but about 2 minutes past their prime. I believe there is a slight faux pas in the original recipe, which calls for too long of a cooking time (me thinks the 2’s should be 1’s). Luckily, I caught them before they turned into hockey pucks, and while they were still tender and delicious! I have adapted the recipe below to reflect the correct cooking time and any of my minor ingredient changes. Enjoy!

Hearty Oat Chocolate Chippers

Adapted from Cookies for Everyone! by Leslie Hammond and Betsy Laakso

This recipe is Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free*, Egg-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Wheat-Free, and relatively Low Fat. See ingredient links and notes for best options to keeping this “free-from” profile.

  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/4 Cup Grapeseed, Canola, or Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Water or Milk Alternative of choice (plain or vanilla)
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/4 Cup Flax Meal
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup White or Brown Rice Flour [I used brown. keepin’ them hearty!]
  • 1/2 Cup Oat Flour* [original recipe calls for sorghum flour]
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats**, Quinoa, or Rice Flakes [I used oats]
  • 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat your oven to 350ºF (180°C, or gas mark 4).

With a mixer or by hand, cream together the brown sugar, oil, water or milk alternative, applesauce, flax, and vanilla until smooth.

Add the remaining ingredients except for the oats and chocolate chips, and mix until dough is well combined.  Add the oats and mix again until all ingredients are combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

Use a small ice cream/cookie scoop or drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto the baking sheet.  Flatten slightly.

Bake for about 15 to 18 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned and semi-soft to the touch in the middle.  Let cookies sit for a few minutes before removing from baking sheet.  Remove from baking sheet to a flat surface (like a large plate) or wire rack to cool completely before enjoying.

* To make oat flour (gluten-free or regular), place some oats in your spice grinder and whiz for about 30 seconds, or until they are pulverized into a flour.

** To keep these cookies gluten-free, use certified gluten-free oats or use the sorghum flour and choose quinoa or rice flakes over the oats.

Yields 3 dozen medium-sized chippers


Giveaways This Week:

Organic Cookie Winners & Your Flavor Picks

So some of you caught onto my calendar deficiencies. I got the date wrong twice on the end of the HomeFree Cookie Giveaway, but it does officially end today, Saturday May 9th (did I get it right this time? – I know, it’s Sunday on the East Coast, but bear with me here)! And I am here to not only announce the winners, but to share your cookie idea round-up … your responses were all too yummy and they took me a long time to compile so please do check them out below! Not to mention, you just might find some cookie baking inspiration

First, the winner …

Comment #46 – Ellen – “Chocolate and coconut! Yum.”

Congratulations Ellen! A HomeFree Sampler Package filled with big and mini Organic Cookies (that also happen to be vegan, wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free) is coming  your way!

A quick announcement too; during the course of this giveaway Navan Foods started carrying HomeFree Cookies. So you can purchase them in store or online (they ship throughout the U.S.).

Now, for the types of cookies you want HomeFree to bake next:

Most Popular – Jill at HomeFree, are you reading? Not that my mini market research is the end-all-be-all, but of the 197 responses, these were the most requested new cookie flavors (in relative order of popularity):

snickerdoodles & sugar cookies

  • Snickerdoodles (The hands down winner!)
  • Sugar (It seems there are a shortage of allergy-friendly (and even vegan) sugar cookies on the market! Dr. Lucy has perfected the crispy allergen-free sugar cookie (in my opinion – photo above), but there does seem to be room on the market for a big softie or a soft and  chewy version – at home, try the Allergy Kid’s Sugar Cookie Recipe) (UPDATE: Well, it looks like I have to eat my cookies, er words. Look at what’s new)
  • Chocolate Mint or Chocolate Chip Mint
  • SunButter or SoyButter (Most of you wanted this in combination with chocolate, though there were a few purists. There were several picks for PB & Chocolate, but since Jill can’t use nuts in her factory, I defaulted to the votes to these nut-free “butters”)
  • Lemon (votes for sugar cookie, shortbread, and lemon crème versions)
  • Coconut (votes were for chocolate coconut and several for “something with coconut”)
  • Gingerbread or Gingersnap
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • White Chocolate & Cranberries (I also counted the votes for white chocolate and macadamia toward this one)
  • Toffee, Toffee Bits, or Caramel
  • Carrot Cake (one suggestion for a coconut crème filling too, yum!)

Runners-Up – These selections each received at least two or three votes, and seemed like reasonable requests:


  • Chocolate and … Cherry, Orange, Cranberry, Crushed Peppermint Sticks, Pomegranate, Pineapple, Banana … (It seemed very few of you could agree on one single combination, but chocolate was the running theme here)
  • “Butter” Cookies or Shortbread
  • Macaroons
  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Key Lime or Coconut Lime
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (At home, try the Allergy Kid’s Recipe)
  • Oatmeal Raisin or Oatmeal Cranberry
  • Soft Molasses

Kudos for Creativity – These concepts might pose a challenge for mass marketing and production, but they might inspire some of your own cookie making adventures:


Note: If you have a recipe up for one of these creations, let me know and I will link to it!

  • VeggieGirl  – “Carob chip-caramel cookie”
  • Nancy  – “Something that tastes like cookies & creme, but it doesn’t have to look like an Oreo.”
  • Ellie – “Banoffee cookies- chunks of dried banana and toffee!’
  • Tamar – “Lemon lavender “
  • Libby  – “An allergen free version of a Girl Scout Samoa”
  • Brittany – “Coconut cream pie” (hmm, is someone on a Larabar kick?)
  • David – “Rum & raisin”
  • Sarah – “An everything cookie”
  • Giddy tigress – “Strawberry Mango’
  • Erin Solano – “passion fruit”
  • Katie – “butter cookie sandwich filled with a fudgy center would be great… think keebler elf cookies but healthier!”
  • Laurel – “s’mores”
  • Mary Casper – “cranberry lime”
  • KIARA – “Cappuccino”
  • Rachel M. – “the cookie equivalent of a lemon poppyseed muffin”
  • daniella – “banana with peanut butter chips”
  • Denyse – “coconut mocha chip cookie”
  • Cecilia – “chewy muesli cookie”
  • Jennifer – “a pina colada cookie!”
  • Meaghan Hibbard – “A breakfast type cookie with granola and dried fruit” (Talk about a coincidence; I just posted a recipe for this type of cookie, photo above from Enjoy Life)
  • Victoria – “pumpkin-oatmeal-chocolate chip” (try this recipe on the PPK, submitted by Karen)
  • katy – “chocolate oatmeal raisin cookies”
  • Christine V – “lemon blueberry” (Oh yum, I’m with Christine on this one)
  • KW – “Brown sugar and caramel”

Now go bake some cookies with mom! Happy mother’s day to all of you wonderful moms reading this!

Did Someone Say Organic Cookie GIVEAWAY?!

Way back in the day, when I first created the website Go Dairy Free, there were just a few fledgling special diet companies out there. One of the first ones I made contact with was Gak’s Snacks. Jill, the mother of a child with multiple food allergies, created a peanut-free, tree nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free bakery (also vegan and organic) that churned out the most delicious coffee cakes and cookies under the Gak’s Snacks label.

But Jill’s once little company has grown since I first met her … and with that growth, she decided they needed a new identity. So Gak’s Snacks became HomeFree Treats. While I admit to missing the old name, I am elated that Jill hasn’t changed a thing about her products, aside from adding some new ones! Trust me, everyone will want these (just ask Sarah), they aren’t simply for the food allergic (yes, even if you can eat everything under the sun, you can, AND SHOULD enter to win this giveaway).

Home Free Giveaway


Oh yes, the giveway…

Enter to win Organic Cookies from HomeFree Treats!

Jill at HomeFree Treats will send a sampler pack of her delicious organic cookies (also available to purchase from their website) to one of you! The package will include one full box of each of the following yummy cookies:

  • Organic Chocolate Chip [Big] Cookies
  • Organic Chocolate Chocolate Chip  [Big] Cookies
  • Organic Oatmeal [Big] Cookies
  • Organic Chocolate Chip Minis
  • Organic Chocolate Chocolate Chip Minis
  • Organic Oatmeal Minis

Here’s how to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post, and let me know what flavor of cookie you think Jill at HomeFree should come up with next. No ideas? That’s okay, just tell me why you want these cookies!
  • For a second entry, twitter and/or blog about this giveaway, making sure to link back to this post.

The winner will be selected on Friday, May 9th, so get your comment in before then. Good luck!



More Giveaways (let me know if you have one going on!):

  • Win coupons for the new Soy-free and Dairy-free “Butter” from Earth Balance on The Allergic Kid.
  • Ricki at Diet Dessert and Dogs is giving away copies of her new cookbook, Sweet Freedom!