Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. Without butter…….


I know, cookies without butter. You are probably thinking I am crazy. ย 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 a “healthy” cookie. 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, 6:00am 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 cookie 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!


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: 135 kcal

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  • 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.


Yeah, they are that good.

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    1. Hey Haley,
      Sure, raisins would be awesome! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Friday! xTieghan

  1. 5 stars
    Yum! Just found this recipe and made it today. I was worried about the dough as I put it on the sheet, but sure enough they did come together into great cookies! I halved the recipe and didn’t think a full cup of chocolate chips was needed, but other than that I followed all and they turned out great! Thanks!

    1. Thank you so much Julie! That is so amazing to hear! I hope you continue to love these and others! Stay well! xTieghan

  2. 3 stars
    They were okay. Not the greatest oatmeal cookie I have ever eaten. I love everything you post, truly. But I wonโ€™t make these again. They were waaaayy too crumbly and a real pain.

    1. Hi Kay! I am sorry to hear that! If there are any questions I could help you with, please let me know! xTieghan

  3. 4 stars
    I just discovered your blog and this was first recipe I tried. Delicious!! Do you think I can replace with flax eggs next time?

    1. Hi Antoinette! I have never tested this recipe with a flax egg so sadly I am not sure of the results. If you do try it, let me know how it goes. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ??

  4. These are good! I just tried making them, cutting the recipe in half and using sunflower oil. I also added a bit of skimmed milk. Very good and I already ate 3 of them ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Just made for the second time.. Super yummy! I did cut down on the sugar by about a third as I found them a little sweet.
    They were even better that way…
    Thanx for the recipe!

  6. These are in the oven now!! I didn’t have Conola oil, so I used half a cup of coconut oil and half a cup of applesauce. I also used 1C of white flour and 1C whole wheat flour. I also did half a cup of brown sugar with half a cup of Greek yogurt. The batter tastes awesome, so I’m sure the cookies will too! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

  7. Hi ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

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

  9. 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

  10. 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!!!

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. These were very very very crumbly. I wound up adding oil and then got wise and splashed in a little milk which helped a lot.

    1. Yeah, dough is extremely crumbly. Once you bake tho cookies they come together pretty good, but are stil a delicate cookie.

  21. They look fabulous! Don’t think I’ve ever seen a cookie recipe without butter! Pinning this for sure!

  22. So interesting since I am a cookie lover for sure……………thanks for the recipe I will have to try them andi

  23. Whenever I see that people have just commented on how good the cookies LOOK, I always feel compelled to comment on how good they actually taste! These are phenomenal! I just made them for the playoffs tonight, and everyone LOVED them!

    Out of curiosity … how much better is canola oil for you than butter? I am on Weight Watchers and was wondering if you had any nutritional information… I’d love to keep making these cookies if they are low in points!

    1. WOW! I am so glad you loved them! I was watching the game as well. Longest game ever! You have to check back tomorrow for a superbowl sunday app!

      As far as butter versus canola oil goes, canola oil is much healthier. Canola oil has omega-3’s and very little saturated fat unlike butter. I am know nutritionist though! And I am not afraid to use a little butter! Thank for making the cookies and reading!

  24. Pinned! Love the idea for these cookies, plus adding a little oatmeal is always a good idea, maybe I could tyr them with melted coconut oil, which is my new favorite in the kitchen.

  25. Healthier cookies… that ‘s what we all need!!! Thankyou for linking it up at our linky party. Love to see more healthy recipes there… Please bring them….

  26. love this. Love anything to make a “treat” better for you. Pinned ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Found you at Hungry Little Girl!

  27. Mmm! There isn’t anything I love more than chocolate chip cookies. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m all for anything healthier. Stopping by from Sundae Linky Party!

  28. Those look really good. I would never have thought of using oil. My son is allergic to dairy, among other things, so I might be able to make this recipe work for him. Visiting from TT&J Wrap Party. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. With the oatmeal in these cookies Tiegham, can I pretend they are healthy? Thanks for sharing your treats on foodie friday.

  30. I will definitely try these … Did you ever try making this recipe into a sheet cookie or bar type? Thanks again for the great recipe and amazing photos!