Chocolate Chia Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chia Oatmeal Cookies

You may be wondering how these small, two-bite cookies can be hearty, decadent, sinful, and made with wholesome, all-natural ingredients all at the same time. These chocolate chia oatmeal cookies are the ultimate vegan cookie…and they are absolutely delicious!

These delicious, chewy chocolate chia oatmeal cookies were the result of an impromptu recipe developing session one cold Saturday morning. I promised the kids we would make cookies, that is, before I realized we were out of eggs. That’s when the inspiration hit me-no eggs, no problem! A simple substitution of chia eggs would do the trick.

Chia seeds are a superfood powerhouse, rich in fiber and packed with heart-healthy omega 3’s. They literally go undetected when replacing eggs in a recipe since they have such a mild, delicate flavour, not to mention that their resemblance to eggs in consistency is uncanny.

Chocolate Chia Oatmeal Cookies

These chocolate chia oatmeal cookies are packed with a ton of healthy, tasty ingredients; extra-virgin coconut oil, dark cocoa powder, fiber-rich oats, natural sweeteners such as banana and organic brown rice syrup, and dairy-free milk. These two-bite, decadent morsels are an ideal, toddler-friendly snack…but also double as a decadent treat for moms and dads too (just ask my husband-he ate 5 in one sitting!) 😉

Chocolate Chia Oatmeal Cookies

If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!

Chocolate Chia Oatmeal Cookies

: 25 small cookies
: 5 min
: 10 min

You may be wondering how these small, two-bite cookies can be hearty, decadent, sinful, and made with wholesome, all-natural ingredients all at the same time. These chocolate chia oatmeal cookies are the ultimate vegan cookie…and they are absolutely delicious! These delicious, chewy chocolate chia oatmeal cookies were the result of an impromptu recipe developing session …


Chocolate Chia Oatmeal Cookies
    2 tbs. chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk, milk of choice
  • 1 ripe, medium banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup organic brown rice syrup or raw honey
  • *If you prefer super sweet cookies, substitute with white or brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 1 1/3 cups gluten-free instant oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 2 tbs. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 sea salt (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl stir the chia seeds in the coconut milk then let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes or until it has a gel-like consistency. Add the wet ingredients and mix until smooth then add the dry ingredients and stir with a large spatula or wooden spoon until combined.


Scoop 1 tablespoon of the mixture and shape into a ball on the spoon. Slide onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper then flatten with the back of the spoon until about a 1/2 inch thick.


Bake for 8-10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cookies comes out clean. Remove the cookies from the pan and let cool on a piece of parchment paper or on a cooling rack. Enjoy with a hot tea or coffee and serve to the kids with a cool glass of coconut milk! Store in an air-tight container for up to one week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.


49 thoughts on “Chocolate Chia Oatmeal Cookies”

  • Magda 7 years ago

    Made it last night. Delish !!! yummy !

  • Mary Apolloni 7 years ago

    I am looking forward to making these cookies Lisa!! Thanks for sharing!!….so now that I bought a big bag of chia seeds do you have any other ideas on what I could use it with/disguise it in?? lol

  • Geanine 7 years ago

    So I am a sucker for chocolate chip cookies, and while watching my weight I have had to stand clear. You just made it possible for me to enjoy a healthy version! Thank you!

    • It’s definitely nice to have a healthier version of your favourite cookie, especially if you’re trying to maintain your weight! You could even omit the chocolate chips and add raisins instead 😉

  • Melody M 7 years ago

    Is there something that can be used in place of the banana? I can’t wait to try these. Nom nom nom!

    • You could add more sweetener…I chose to add some banana as a natural sweetener! The cookies have a midly sweet flavour-if you substitute with sugar for example, you might want to reduce the quantity!

  • These sound like they are rather tasty. I may have to make these one weekend.

  • mail4rosey 7 years ago

    It’s funny how much goodness can be put into such a little spot, isn’t it! I’d def. love to try these cookies.

  • It’s always nice to have new, healthy recipes for sweet treats! The hubs has quite the sweet tooth and this could satisfy it while still keeping to our diet.

    • This is definitely a healthy option, expecially if you’re following a diet!! No refined sugar, no gluten (if you use gf oats), no added empty calories!

  • I didn’t know that about chia seeds. The cookies sound so good, and I love how healthy they are.

    • They’re actually called ‘chia eggs’, hence the purpose they serve! I also use ground flax seed in the same way-just soak then add to the batter!

  • courtney 7 years ago

    I’m not usually a dessert kinda gal…. But anything with chocolate chips…. Just yummy!!!! These look pretty delicious 🙂

    • These are actually great if you prefer are subtle sweet flavour to desserts or cookies. They aren’t too sweet but have just the right amount of sweetness to the bitter chocolate!

  • Ave T 7 years ago

    These cookies look super delicious! I haven’t tried chia seeds yet, but there are so many great recipes with those seeds, so I have to give them a try! Thanks for a yummy recipe!

  • I am in love with chocolate oatmeal cookies! They are seriously my favorite! Thanks for posting this recipe!

  • odouglass 7 years ago

    Yum! I LOVE Chocolate and Oatmeal, these would be a great snack! Thanks for sharing a healthy recipe for something delicious!

  • April Mims 7 years ago

    These sound so yummy! I love recipes that use all natural ingredients. Adding a superfood like chia seeds is even better!

  • Rebecca Swenor 7 years ago

    These chocolate chia oatmeal cookies look and sound so good. I don’t think I ever had chia so it will be interesting to try these indeed. Thanks for sharing.

  • Rashell Abril 7 years ago

    Oh my! I love cookies and Chia seeds. How could this be possible that they can me combined? I will surely try to bake this at home. I’m drooling. Can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing!

  • These sound delicious and look beautiful! These are definitely heading on to my “to bake” list!

  • Lisa, these are awesome pictures! Did you get a new camera? Great pictures!!

    • Yes!! My husband also got me an entire photography set (lights, etc.) for my birthday. Still figuring out how to use it though!

      • Awww such meaningful gifts! Hubby must be happy that the results are already showing on your pictures. Those are very impressive picture quality! You are no longer a beginner, Lisa! 😀

  • Omgosh.. these look absolutely spectacular and healthy. I totally want to eat these now!

  • Jennifer Juro 7 years ago

    Those look amazing!! I have been looking for a healthier cookie like this. I have never used chia seeds before sounds like its time to try them!

  • Gosh…your pics always make me hungry. 🙂 These look so good. I made chocolate chip cookies over the weekend but I bet they didn’t taste nearly as good as these. Plus, these are way healthier. I will definitely try it.

  • Nicole E. 7 years ago

    Those do look really decadent and yummy! I’ve never had anything made with chia seeds. I’d definitely be more likely to try them in a cookie recipe! Sweets are always a good way to introduce picky eaters like me to something new. 🙂

    • If you like other seeds, such as poppy seeds, then you’ll like chia seeds! They have such a mild flavour…but a recipe like this would be the perfect way to introduce you to them!

  • Cindy 7 years ago

    First, I love that these are gf! And a bonus they are df! I love chia seeds too! I can’t wait to make these! Please link them up at my Gluten FreeFridays party which kicks off tonight at 7 pm eastern! YUM!

  • Chia seeds are definitely all the rage lately! I think it is great you found a way to incorporate them with cookies- will have to try this out!

  • Monica 7 years ago

    Ohh – Your facebook post just made me hop over here! These look amazing and we are big on making oatmeal cookies with the kiddos. I’ve never baked anything with chia seeds. As always, thanks for the inspiration – and detailed instructions!

    • That’s good to hear that the pic inspired you to hop on over…I’m trying! Did you know my husband bought me an entire photography kit for my birthday?! No excuses now, lol! I can honestly say that I use chia seeds to replace eggs in most of my baking recipes…works like a charm!

  • They already look filling to me 🙂
    This is the first time I’ve heard of a cookie recipe that uses chia seeds. I think it’s fresh take on cookies. I saved your recipe because my family’s a fan of chia seeds.

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