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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies …without butter.


I know, I know, cookies without butter. You’re probably thinking I am crazy.  But please. DO NOT be scared way.

I mean just look at those rounded guys……..

The pictures speak for themselves.


These cookies are chewy, soft, and slightly crumbly (in the best way!). And yes, they are made without any butter. Not even a teaspoon. These are no-butter oatmeal cookies and they are drool worthy!


This cookie recipe has been around for a while. My mom has been making them since I can remember. I believe she got the recipe from her friend Lora. She did not make them because she thought they were “healthy” cookies. Nope, she made them because they are super quick, super easy, and the perfect way to fill your chocolate craving (which in this house could be anytime, from 6:00 am to the 11:30 pm snack!).


I made these cookies for two reasons.

Since starting this here blog (almost 3 months ago) I have not made these cookies once. Here is the thing. When you have a food blog you constantly need to be trying new recipes, not making old ones. People want to see new and exciting recipes each day. So, this does not leave a whole lot of time (or um, stomach space) to make repeat recipes.

Reason two? Just because the holiday are over does not mean the baking needs to stop. But after all the butter laden holiday treats I wanted something just a tad healthier. I mean they have oatmeal and canola oil (um, hello omega-3’s)! Oh yeah, and maybe just little sugar and chocolate. I mean, they are a cookie!


Oh yeah, did I mention how ridiculously easy these cookies are. Seriously, just throw all the ingredients in a bowl, mix and bake! They are that easy! Which is reason enough to make them.

The cookie dough is very crumbly and the dough balls will not hold together easily. This is ok. The dough binds together during baking and creates the cookies soft and chewy texture.

Trust me it is a good thing these cookies are healthier. There is a good chance you will not be able to stop after 2 or 3 or maybe the whole dozen!


Yeah, they are that good.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Rest 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 30 Cookies
Calories Per Serving: 233 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a baking sheet or line with a silpat or parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer add the oatmeal, flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, canola oil, eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. The dough will be crumbly. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  • Using your hands clump together a tablespoon of dough and place on prepared baking sheet (the balls with be crumbly. This is ok, they will combine while baking.). Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Bake for 10 -12 minutes or until set and golden.
  • Let cool five minutes.
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  1. Hi 🙂 these look DIVINE! Unfortunately where I live canola oil isn’t sold and coconut oil is extremely expensive about 10 euro for a small jar. Do you think olive oil would work? Thank you xxx

  2. These are delicious! I substituted the canola oil with coconut oil, and they came out super moist and wonderful smelling. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Hi! These look so goood! I was just wondering if i could replace the oil with coconut oil? O is that a nono?

    1. Yes, you can! I actually pretty much only use coconut oil now when I make these. SO GOOD! Hope you love thme

  4. I added 3/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce for moisture and a little less oil. They turned out amazing, this is coming from a woman who bakes often and lovessssssss butter! I will make these for my kids again for sure!!!

  5. Not sure what my deal is , but I am putting pumpkin in everything! I just made these with two cups of pumpkin and they are awesome! I changed the recepie a little adding wheat flour and they turned out wonderful.

  6. Love them…added chia,buckwheat and hemp cereal and also reduced the chocolate chips by half….I don’t feel guilty eating them for breakfast and dessert!!

    1. Yes!! I am so happy you love these!! I love additions! How healthy!! Thanks for giving these a try!

  7. Choc chip oat cookies!! Wow wow!!!!
    So easy to make, and taste fabulous!!!
    I added raisins as well for extra health ;-))

  8. I started using coconut oil and coconut sugar in place of white sugar brown sugar and butter and oil. Much healthier and very good too!

  9. This is exactly what I was looking for! An oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe made with oil. I had to make a couple of substitutions due to my daughter’s food allergies (egg replacer, plus pear baby food so they wouldn’t be dry and olive oil instead of canola). They are delicious! I definitely want to try them as bar cookies as someone else suggested.

  10. Um wow! I was searching for an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie and this is now my go to one!! I had to tweak them because I had no canola oil and didn’t feel like running to the store. I used coconut oil, it was seriously amazing. And then I substituted half butterscotch chips for the chocolate so I had the best of both worlds. If you are a fan of butterscotch, try it, you will not be disappointed. Thank you so much for this different oatmeal cookie! The first batch I pulled out of the oven I think I ate six. No joke. Hope they are still good for you when they are inhaled!

  11. I just made these cookies and they are amazing!! My bf loves them and said they’re the best cookies he ever had. I used dark chocolate chips 60% Cocoa.

  12. Wonderful! I added my sugar to the wet ingredients (using cane sugar instead of white), reduced the brown sugar by 1/4 cup, and added about 1/4 cup Greek yogurt to the wet ingredients. They turned out amazing! Not crumbly at all. My husband, who loves the packaged Dad’s cookies now has a new favorite. Thank you!

  13. Hey, I just halved this recipe and made them for BREAKFAST (yes). Soooo tasty! And crumbly in a good way for sure, but I may use Valerie’s suggestion and splash in some milk next time. I have a suggestion myself: I used “Old Fashioned” (NON-QUICK, 5 minute) oats for maximum gorgeousness & texture. It was a GREAT move – I recommend you try that some time!

    1. Love that you made these for breakfast! I actually do use old fashioned oats, I have no idea why I wrote quick cookie! I don’t ever buy those! So glad you like these!