Chai-Spiced Oatmeal Cookies (Flourless!)

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Holding a gluten-free vegan chai-spiced oatmeal cookie with the top facing the camera

Our Chai-Spiced Nut Butter makes a great gift, but can we blame you if you decide to keep it all for yourself? No way. Especially now that cookies are on the table! And not just any cookies…Chai-Spiced Oatmeal Cookies that come together in 1 bowl in just 25 minutes!

These chewy, flourless, spiced cookies are vegan, gluten-free, naturally sweetened, wholesome, and SO delicious! Let’s bake, friends!

Chia seeds, pecans, oats, chai-spiced nut butter, maple syrup, baking soda, and salt

When you have Chai-Spiced Nut Butter around, these cookies are about as EASY as it gets: stir, scoop, and bake! They might even win a world record for having the fewest wet ingredients: just nut butter + maple syrup. That’s it!

Pecans, chia seeds, and oats in a bowl of cookie batter

The dry ingredients are almost as simple and filled with wholesome goodness: oats, chia seeds, and pecans. AMAZING cookies with no oil, butter, refined sugar, or flour?! Is this real life?

Bowl of mixed cookie batter

The only remaining ingredients are baking soda for a little lift and sea salt to enhance the flavors. That brings us to just 7 INGREDIENTS for these incredible oatmeal cookies!

Freshly baked chai-spiced oatmeal cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet

We can’t wait for you to try them! They’re:

Crisp on the edges
Chewy in the centers
Caramelly
Nutty
Salty-sweet
Spiced
& SO delicious!

Bring them to holiday cookie parties, share with neighbors, enjoy as snacks throughout the week, or make a batch any time you’re craving a wholesome sweet treat in a hurry!

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Picking up a vegan gluten-free chai-spiced oatmeal cookie from a stack of cookies

Chai-Spiced Oatmeal Cookies (Flourless!)

EASY, wholesome Chai-Spiced Oatmeal Cookies that come together in 1 bowl in just 25 minutes! Vegan, gluten-free, naturally sweetened, oil-free, and made without any flour.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Picking up a flourless chai-spiced cookie from a stack of more cookies
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 (Cookies)
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Chai-Spiced Nut Butter (or store-bought)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats (ensure gluten-free as needed)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped raw pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the chai-spiced nut butter, maple syrup, baking soda, and salt and stir or whisk until smooth and thoroughly combined.
  • Add the rolled oats, chia seeds, and chopped pecans and stir well to evenly distribute ingredients.
  • Scoop out ~1 ½ Tbsp portions of dough using a cookie scoop (we like this one) or two spoons, place on the baking sheet, and press lightly to make a thick, flat cookie about 2 ½ inches in diameter (they will not spread much, so it’s okay if they are close together). It’s normal for them to stick to your hands a bit when pressing — you can lightly oil your hands if needed!
  • Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes, until the edges begin to turn golden brown. Let cool slightly before enjoying.
  • Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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Notes

*If you want to use a store-bought nut butter, we suggest cashew and/or almond butter, plus the following sweetener + spices mixed into the nut butter (amounts as recipe is written, so starting with 1/2 cup of nut butter): 1 ⅓ Tbsp coconut sugar, 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp ground cardamom, 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 tiny pinch cloves, 1 tiny pinch sea salt. Add more spices to taste!
*Prep time does not include making the nut butter.
*Adapted from our Easy Flourless Granola Cookies.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 12 servings)

Serving: 1 cookie Calories: 135 Carbohydrates: 13.3 g Protein: 3.2 g Fat: 8.5 g Saturated Fat: 1.1 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.2 g Monounsaturated Fat: 4.6 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 68 mg Potassium: 127 mg Fiber: 2.1 g Sugar: 6.1 g Vitamin A: 0 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 32 mg Iron: 1.1 mg

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  1. Amaya Gayle says

    These cookies are incredible. They are a helalthy snack that tastes better than a regular cookie. Thanks so much for this recipe. I would have never guessed that these ingredients would turn into what seems like a real cookie. I am going grain free (most of the time) and am already dairy free so these are simply perfect.

  2. Dakota says

    Just made these tonight and they’re insanely good! I’ve been trying to find ways to eat more nuts and I think these will become a new staple!

    Only regret is not doubling the recipe! I also used a chai nut butter blend I found at Whole Foods. Would love to try to make my own next time.

  3. Lisa says

    These are so crunchy and delicious! I was concerned they wouldn’t hold together before baking as they seemed so chunky. I let them sit for a few minutes before baking so the oats and chia would have some time to hydrate and they baked up beautifully. Also, the chia nut butter is fantastic on toast!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Amazing! We’re so glad you’re enjoying the cookies and nut butter, Lisa. Thank you for sharing! xo

  4. M says

    Are the chia seeds needed? I have a denture and can’t get along with tiny seeds no matter how much I try. Are they optional or is there an alternative? These look really good otherwise!

  5. Emily says

    Is 1 tbsp of chia seeds the right amount? the pictures look like a lot more chia is used. can’t wait to try these!

  6. Abby says

    Could we make these into no-bake balls by omitting the baking soda and perhaps pulsing the pecans into finer bites? I’m thinking you could combine it all in the food processor, roll into balls, and eat directly? The oats will soften with time?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Ooo that sounds incredible! Great idea! You might want more oats + pecans. Let us know how it goes!