These chewy oatmeal cookies are loaded with lots of chocolate chips, grated chocolate, and are topped with flaky sea salt. These nut free, gluten free cookies are sure to satisfy. Pour yourself a tall glass of milk and enjoy these warm from the oven.
Of all the cookies, chocolate chip cookies are my favorite.
And really, if I’m being honest, I prefer chocolate chip oatmeal over plain chocolate chip cookies.
My favorite chocolate chip oatmeal cookies back in the day had lots of chocolate chips and lots of nuts. Since we can’t have nuts now, I was trying to figure out a way to still get a little bit of a nutty flavor in these cookies without adding any nuts.
I discovered that a tablespoon of sunbutter in the batter lends a bit of nutty flavor without truly tasting of sunflower seeds. It’s just enough of an extra savory taste to give your taste buds the impression of nuts.
These cookies are my very favorite cookies right now. They are yummy – chewy, crispy, salty, delicious, chocolatey. Everything a cookie should be.
The other thing that makes these cookies extra special is some grated chocolate. I took three squares from an Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Bar and finely grated them into the batter.
My mom used to make those famous Neiman Marcus cookies – (you know, the ones from the urban legend?) and I loved those cookies. The grated chocolate adds a really nice richness and flavor to this batter.
Feel free to use whatever chocolate bar you like! You can use a milk chocolate or dark chocolate bar. Two allergy friendly brands are Enjoy Life or No Whey Chocolate.
Gluten free oats
If you’re following a gluten free diet, it’s important that you use certified gluten free oats. Oats are often cross contaminated with gluten because they’re manufactured in facilities with wheat.
Be sure you choose a brand that says that it’s certified gluten free. One brand to look at is GF Harvest, which you can order on Amazon.
- If you don’t like sunbutter, you can use pumpkin seed butter or wowbutter.
- If you are able to have nuts, go ahead and use your favorite nut butter.
- Not gluten free? Go ahead and use regular all-purpose flour.
More sunbutter recipes
The finishing touch on these chewy, crispy, chocolatey cookies is a sprinkle of flaky sea salt. If sweet and salty isn’t your thing, you can leave them off, but I think the large flakes of salt pair perfectly with the dark chocolate and make these irresistible.
- Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. This will prevent the cookies from getting stuck to the cookie sheet.
- Leave space between the cookies – they will spread during baking.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet before moving them.
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Dark Chocolate Salted Sunbutter Oatmeal Cookies.
- ½ cup vegan buttery spread
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup organic cane sugar
- 3 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- 1 Tablespoon sunbutter
- 1 cup gluten free flour blend Namaste Perfect Flour Blend works well
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1½ cups certified gluten free old fashioned oats
- 3 squares of Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Bar grated
- 1 cup dairy free dark chocolate chips
- large sea salt flakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Cream together the vegan buttery spread, organic cane sugar, and light brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the applesauce and sunbutter and mix until smooth.
Add the gluten free flour blend, baking soda, and sea salt, and mix until combined.
Stop the mixer and add the gluten free oats and stir by hand. Add the grated dark chocolate and dark chocolate chips and stir by hand until combined.
Scoop the batter onto the prepared cookie sheet using a cookie scoop (the scoops should be about two tablespoons). Leave 1.5 inches between cookies – they will spread during baking. Sprinkle the cookies with large flake sea salt (I used the Maldon brand).
Bake at 350 degrees F for about 12 minutes. Let cookies cool on the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Repeat steps 5-6 with remaining dough.
Store cookies in an airtight container. They should stay fresh for 4-5 days.