Gluten Free, Vegan, Soy Free, Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies

Yum! This recipe was so last-minute, it isn't even funny... and I'm thrilled with the way they turned out! I helped to put on the Great Cloth Diaper Change here in our city this year {more on that later}, and wanted to have an allergy-friendly treat available. They were a hit!!

So many people asked for the recipe, I couldn't help but post it here right away. 

3 Cups Gluten Free Oats {I used two cups old-fashioned, and one cup quick-cooking.}
1 1/2 Cups Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp. Xanthan Gum
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 Cup Maple Syrup {the real stuff!}
1/2 Cup Oil {grapeseed, canola, another neutral oil}
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 Well-Mashed Bananas {for very small bananas, use two... very large, maybe just one.}
1/2 Cup {or so} Mix-In's, such as raisins or other dried fruit, nuts, chocolate... 

Combine oats, flour, xanthan gum, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Stir thoroughly.
To the flour mixture, add maple syrup, oil, vanilla, and mashed bananas. Mix well to combine.
Add your mix-ins, and don't be afraid to experiment! This batch used raisins and just a few mini chocolate chips. {Keep in mind that some mix-ins may add a touch of sugar to the recipe.}
Place rounded spoonfuls of dough on parchment-lined baking sheets and bake at 375 degrees for about ten minutes, until the edges are golden and cookies have a nice 'puff' to them.
Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack.

Note: this is a sticky, messy dough! Don't be alarmed {I was!}, the cookies will bake up nicely and with a dense, chewy texture.  

I've shared this recipe on... Allergy Free Wednesdays, Simple Lives Thursdays, Fresh Bites Friday, Allergy Friendly Friday, Made from Scratch Monday


  1. Just made a batch! We don't have any gluten allergies/sensitivities so I subbed gf flour and xanthan gum for regular ub ap flour and they still turned out great! I love that you can really taste the cinnamon in these (but it's not overwhelming). Great recipe! :)

  2. Amazing cookies! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. These look way too easy and tasted delicious!

  4. another healthy creation!! thanks for sharing with us again on AFW!

  5. What can I substitute for bananas? Maybe Applesauce? I am allergic to bananas!

  6. These look so good. I'm glad they were featured on Allergy-Free Wednesdays so I didn't miss out!~ :)
    ~Lisa @ OC

  7. Oh man... a banana allergy?! This one makes me sad :( for a substitution, I'm not sure! I use bananas for their "sticking" power, and I'm not confident that applesauce would have the same effect. I think I'll post this question on my facebook page, to see if anyone else might have a suggestion. I'm still somewhat new to sugarless baking, but I know many others who are far more experienced!

  8. What works as a good substitute for GF AP flour? I've noticed that it makes my family really gassy (sorry TMI : ) Assuming it's because the first ingredient is garbanzo bean flour?? We've just started down the road of gluten, dairy, soy free eating so it's all new to us!!
    Thanks so much for your AMAZING website-- it is making our transition SO much easier!

    1. I use half gf oat flour and half sorghum flour in all my baking. It works great.

  9. That's a great question! Many people don't handle bean flours well, and opt to purchase different brands, or create their own mix. I really like to use brown or white rice flour in some recipes, and also like a mixture of rice flour, tapioca flour, and potato starch. Something like, four parts rice flour - 2 parts tapioca flour - 1 part potato starch should set you off in the right direction.

  10. I love it when a recipe comes together by throwing in a little of this and a little of that ☺ In reading through your comments, I saw a 'banana' allergy? Wow! It seems more and more, food allergies are popping up, even ones we never give much thought to. I recently made some chocolate chip cookies for a friend. I told her they were GF and allergy free. She asked me what kind of flour I used. Come to find out, it's a good thing she asked because she wanted to share with her son and he is allergic to rice! That was a new allergy for me. At any rate, I would like to invite you to share you recipe in our recipe hop. It is a weekly event and will be open until midnight tonight ☺ []. Hope to see you there!

  11. I was pretty darned floored by that banana allergy as well. That one would really ruin my mood! ;)

    (Incidentally, I don't think I ever posted here that someone on facebook suggested PUMPKIN as a replacement for the banana. Genius!)

  12. Hi Christina! I've been meaning to comment back to let you know that the above recipe for the homemade AP flour mix has worked perfectly! (I'm especially enjoying using it to make the Weeknight Chocolate Cake : ) Thanks so much again!

  13. These freeze awesome!
    And on a different note, congratulations on your "update" :)


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