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3 Ingredient Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (No Flour, Eggs or Dairy)

These chocolate flavored oatmeal cookies are soft and chewy. They are just 3 ingredients and easy to make. They also don’t contain any flour, eggs or dairy. The cookies take only about 15 minutes to make, including baking time. The cookies can be enjoyed for breakfast, snack or dessert.
Stack of chocolate oatmeal cookies

I’ve been in the mood for chocolate flavored treats lately so I decided to make these quick and easy chocolate oatmeal cookies. The cookie dough takes only about five minutes to prepare and is made in just one bowl.


  • Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • Unsweetened Applesauce
  • Quick Oats

Semisweet chocolate chips: The chocolate flavor for these cookie comes from melted chocolate chips. I used semisweet to keep the cookies a little healthier. The melted chocolate also helps sweeten the cookies. I used dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips but you can also use regular semisweet chocolate chips if you don’t need the cookies to be dairy-free.

Applesauce: This recipe uses unsweetened applesauce. Applesauce replaces eggs as a binding agent and keeps the cookies soft. Applesauce can be substituted with mashed bananas.

Quick oats: Quick oats are used in this recipe though you can also use rolled oats. Quick oats are oats that are further processed so that they are finer, smaller and thinner than regular rolled oats.

How to Make Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

  • The chocolate and applesauce are heated together until the chocolate is fully melted and the mixture is uniform.
  • The oats are then mixed in.
  • A cookie scoop is then used to scoop up the oat mixture and released onto your prepared baking sheet. Use the back of a metal spoon to flatten each cookie dough to the shape of a round disk. The cookies are then baked for about 10 minutes.

3 ingredient chocolate oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips

Texture and Sweetness

The cookies have a soft and chewy texture. Because I wanted to make these cookies healthier, they are only lightly sweetened. You can adjust the amount of chocolate if you want the cookies to be sweeter.
Chocolate oatmeal cookies stacked with the top cookie with a bite out if it

More Oatmeal Cookie Recipes

3 Ingredient Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Servings: 11 cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
These soft and chewy chocolate flavored oatmeal cookies are so easy to make. They are ready in about 15 minutes from start to finish. The cookies don't require any flour, eggs or dairy.
5 from 3 votes


  • 1/4 cup (42 g)- 1/2 cup (84 g) semisweet chocolate chips see note
  • 1/2 cup (121 g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup (88 g) quick oats


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • Add chocolate chips and applesauce to a large microwave-safe mixing bowl. Heat at full power in 30 second intervals, stirring in between with a spatula, until chocolate is completely melted, smooth and mixture is uniform in color. I needed 1 minute in my microwave for the chocolate to be completely melted.
  • Stir in the oats until they are evenly mixed in and fully coated in the chocolate mixture. The mixture will still be very wet and resemble a thick batter rather than regular cookie dough. Use a 1.5 tbsp cookie scoop to scoop up oatmeal mixture and place onto prepared cookie sheet, spacing cookies about 1.5 inches apart.
  • Using the back of a metal spoon, flatten each ball into a thick round disk, about 1/4 inch thick. The cookies do not spread during baking so make sure to shape them how you want the final outcome to be.
  • Bake cookies for about 10 minutes. Let cookies cool completely on cookie sheet before removing. Store uneaten cookies in the fridge or freezer.


  • If you use 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, the cookies are only very lightly sweetened. If you prefer sweeter cookies, I recommend using 1/2 cup instead and also adding 1 more tbsp of quick oats.
  • I used Kirkland brand dairy free semisweet chocolate chips. Regular semisweet chocolate chips can also be used if you don't need to make these dairy-free.
  • The nutrition estimate is calculated using 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 52kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 2mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, NET CARBS: 8

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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10 comments on “3 Ingredient Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (No Flour, Eggs or Dairy)”

  1. Who knew? The first time I made these they lasted an hour, tops. Since then I’ve always doubled the recipe and hid a few for me. Also, I decided to play with the recipe. If you add 1/4 c. Chunky peanut butter and an extra 1/4 c. of oats ,plus a pinch of salt. You get chocolate/peanut butter heaven.

  2. Can I. Use instant oats I have a box of instant oats packets I’m trying to get rid of.

    • Hi Linda! Are your instant oats the kind that already has sugar and other ingredients added to it? Because if so then it won’t work.

  3. No protein?

  4. Super easy, kids loved it (even the picky one!).

  5. Jennifer these are going to be great! I’ll use milk chocolate chips for extra sweetness. Like all your 3 ingredient oatmeal cookie recipes I know these will be delicious. 

    Btw, the instruction to let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet is very helpful and answers a question I’ve had. Thank you and great job!!