Oat, nut-butter cookies with add-ins

Oat, nut-butter cookies with add-ins

It’s hard to believe these cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and low glycemic. What’s more, you can adapt the basic recipe in a myriad ways. These are great for holiday cookie trades or for bringing to the office. They mix together quickly and only need 8 minutes in the oven.

Recipe: Oatmeal Nut Butter Cookies

PREHEAT oven to 425° F

1/3 cup raw nut butter (almond, cashew, etc.)

1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 Tbls. olive oil

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup organic coconut sugar

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Flour

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup ground flax seed

1 cup oats (certified gluten free, if desired)

1/2 cup organic carob chips or unsweetened chocolate chips (optional)

1/2 chopped raw nuts

1/2 cup dried cherries (optional)


In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, oats and salt. In a stand mixer, or using a hand mixer, beat together the nut butter and olive oil. Beat in the coconut milk little by little to avoid splashing. Add vanilla and sugar. Stir in the dry ingredients.

Oat cookies ready for oven

Batter will be thick and sticky

Stir in the carob or chocolate chips; chopped nuts and dried cherries, if using. Your mixture will be thick and look sticky. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased jelly roll pan or cookie sheet.

Bake about 8 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom. Makes about 30 cookies


For this batch, I used almond butter, chopped almonds, unsweetened chocolate chips and dried sour cherries. If you want to cut back on sugar further, skip the dried fruit and chocolate chips and double up on the chopped nuts. Other combinations to try:

Walnut butter, chopped walnuts and snipped dates

Cashew butter, unsweetened coconut flakes, carob chips

Almond butter, chopped macadamias, snipped apricots

The variations are endless!


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64 thoughts on “Oat, nut-butter cookies with add-ins

          • What kind of flour? Could I use almond flour? Also, coconut sugar isn’t explained on the diet. One more question, can vegetables be eaten between meals and snacks? Are muscle cramps in my legs normal?

          • This recipe is not approved for the diet. You can choose to make them after the diet. Veggies can be eating between meals, yes. In the first week, some people do experience body aches. Check with your doctor if they continue.

  1. I made these today…I love them…..but you don’t say when you add flax seed. I added it to the dry ingredient .
    Also I’m learning how to live on PHASE 4. So far I loose a pound one day and gain a pound the next..I’m hopping to get it sooner rather than later.

  2. Our family’s favorite cookies are similar to this. I’ll make these modifications and be able to enjoy them still — very happy

  3. The dough was too dry, thus I added 1/3 cup more of the milk! Final product was ok, but still dry? Cho. chips helped the flavor.

  4. When can I eat unsweetened carob chips? Can I use a few when I’m having a sweet craving? If not, when are they okay?

  5. I am looking for a receipe for almonds tossed with cocoa. I think Stevia was used. I found Blue Diamond dark chocolate almonds but they contain sugar and corn maltodextrin! Ugh!

  6. I just made 1/2 batch, added some cocoa powder, YUMMY! I like a crunchy cookie and had to bake them longer at a lower temperature, I burned the bottoms and should have just turned the heat down to 350f to start with. Instead of making a whole nother batch, I managed to scrape the bottoms, and they still taste GREAT!

  7. I’m on a second go at the 28 day diet cause I didn’t loose what I wanted. I made these cookies before I read the comments…I guess I have to start all over. I wish these were under a big heading like ” AFTER THE DIET TREATS”. I feel like I cheated:(

    • Yes, they are for maintenance (the recipe was published well before the book even came out). They use coconut sugar, which is fine after the diet, but not during it.

  8. Hi,

    Love this program! I can’t seem to locate any carob chips that doesn’t have some ingredient that isn’t allowed on FMD. Do you have a brand that you recommend? Also, while we are at it, how about a turkey bacon brand??


    • Lisa — I’m also having trouble finding carob chips that don’t have soy or dairy in them. However, this recipe is NOT for the FMD diet — it’s fine after the diet. When I am not on FMD, I use Sunspire vegan carob chips. They have soy in them, so not appropriate during the diet. I have also made these cookies without the chips and just used raisins instead, and they taste great.

      Try Applegate turkey bacon. But use sparingly because it has a tiny amount of sugar (all brands do)

  9. Hi. I own both of Haylie’s books and am beginning week three. I have lost 6.5 pounds so far and really enjoy the great food. However, I find that when I weigh myself during phase 3 I have a slight weight gain (1 to 2 pounds). Is this normal? Am I overdoing the healthy fats? I strictly follow the plan and recipes. My second question: where does one purchase cashew butter without added oil? The only one I found was at Sprouts and it has added canola oil…not on the plan but is this okay? My final question: I love swimming as it totally relaxes me and enjoy swimming daily. I swim at a comfortable pace, usually half to one mile. Is it okay to swim every day during the program? Thank you.

  10. You didn’t answer the question about the calorie count, fat and sugar grams per cookie. Assuming the one teaspoon size before baking do you know what it is?

    • We do not have that information. Haylie does not believe in calorie counting, so chooses not to test for that info.

  11. Are there any recipes for tapioca puddin? The book says tapioca is allow on phase 1. I found tapioca pearls. Can I follow the package recipe, changing sugar for truvia and cow milk for almond milk? Thanks in advance.

  12. Are carob chips and cacao nibs interchangeable for this recipe ? I did read that cacao nibs do not melt so I am wondering if they could be used in this recipe ? I did buy the NAVITAS NATURALS ORGANIC CACAO NIBS RAW CHOCOLATE that are listed on the store site … but don’t want to “waste” them if it is not the right product for the cookies !

    • Yes. You can use them. It’s okay that they don’t melt — they still would give a chocolatey taste and a little crunch.

  13. Also … regarding the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All Purpose Baking Flour
    I was a little dubious when I saw Potato Starch on the ingredient list; but it must be okay with Haylie. Please let me know if I have purchased the wrong product ! There is also a note on the product package recommending the addition of Xanthan Gum for best results. For cookies, it advises 1/4 tsp per cup of flour used. I don’t have any, and Haylie’s recipe doesn’t call for any. What would be the upside or downside of using Xanthan Gum ?

    • Hi Carol. The small amount of potato starch isn’t ideal, but it’s okay. I have made these cookies and not added xanthan gun — they turn out just fine.

  14. Just a quick note to say “thank you” … cookies turned out GREAT !! My husband finished his FMD 28 days and reached his goal of 13 lbs. last Sunday. I wanted to make a treat for him today. Hoping that they freeze well ….

    • Great! I love these cookies. I make them all the time. I often use the base recipe, then just add whatever mix-ins I have on hand.

  15. Loved the four week plan. Lost 25 pounds. Have changed my eating habits, and enjoy the extra energy. Have been on maintenance for four weeks and have lost a few pounds. This works well for me. Cookbook is helpful. Thanks, Haylie

  16. Maybe this is a good place for this question, just where would pistachios fit in the phases. It’s a nut, heart healthy with good fat and protien, so..? I have been using them in phase two, but I will continue to three, a hand full with lettuce and meat wraps, seems too good to be correct. There’s no good fats in ph. 2?

  17. I picked up a pkg of organic coconut flour at Costco today because there was a blueberry muffin recipe on the back. It seemed the only sub needed would be the sweetener, but then I couldn’t find anything mentioned on this site for coconut flour. Is it OK for FMD ph 3?

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