Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies {Gluten free, Vegan, Flourless}

These healthy flourless cranberry oatmeal orange cookies are soft, chewy and take 15 minutes to make! Naturally gluten-free and vegan, this cookie recipe is bursting with cranberry and orange flavor! 

When I’m looking for a healthy cookie recipe that can be acceptable for breakfast, I lean towards banana bread cookies, pumpkin cookies, and these cranberry orange oatmeal cookies. 

Healthy Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Whenever the holiday season rolls around, I seem to find myself with an abundance of dried cranberries and orange peel. When I’m at a loss of what to do with excess dried fruits and nuts, I ALWAYS turn to cookies.

To me, cookies are a blank canvas that can have a myriad of ingredients thrown in, to easily change up the flavor. They are quick, easy and require less than 5 ingredients. They are also made with wholesome and healthy ingredients, perfect for breakfast, snacking or even dessert.

Cranberries and orange are a delicious, festive combination, and perfect to enjoy in a flourless cookie. Made without butter, without flour and refined sugar free, these chewy cookies are a winner!

Vegan Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies recipe

Main Ingredients and substitution options

Rolled Oats: Rolled oats work best, as they provide a chewy and firm texture, but quick-cooking oats will also work. 

Banana: Mashed, overripe banana adds sweetness, along with holding the cookies together. You can replace this with mashed pumpkin, but you will need to add some granulated sweetener or maple syrup

Peanut Butter: Peanut butter adds healthy fats and pairs beautifully with the banana. For a nut-free option, use tahini or sunflower seed butter. Other nut butter options include almond butter and cashew butter

Dried Cranberries: Be sure to use 100% unsweetened dried cranberries. I’ve tried using fresh cranberries and unfortunately, they fell apart.

Orange peel: You can use orange peel or a mixed citrus peel

How to make cranberry orange oatmeal cookies

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper or prepare a Silpat cookie sheet. 

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, combine your mashed banana, rolled oats and peanut butter and mix very well. Fold in your dried cranberries and orange peel and mix until combined. 

Step 3: Using your hands or a large cookie scoop, form 8 balls of dough and place on the lined pan, 2-3 inches apart. Press each ball into a cookie shape.

Step 4: Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges have gone golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool on the pan completely. 

Gluten Free Flourless Oatmeal Cranberry Orange Cookies Recipe

Tips and Tricks for PERFECT Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

  • For softer cookies, remove the cookies around the 12-minute mark. For thick, firmer cookies, cook until golden brown (15-16 minutes).
  • Reserve a few tablespoons of the cranberries and orange peel, to add on top
  • Add some vegan white chocolate chips for extra sweetness and a hint of chocolate. 
  • If your peanut butter is too thick, feel free to microwave it for 30-seconds until it is more runny/drippy. 
  • Store cookies in the refrigerator, as they will spoil easily if kept at room temperature. Ensure the cookies are covered in plastic wrap or stored in a sealed container. 

Can you freeze cranberry orange oatmeal cookies?

These healthy oatmeal cookies with cranberries and orange are freezer friendly. Wrap the cookies individually in parchment paper and place it in a ziplock bag or shallow container. Frozen cookies will keep fresh for up to 6 months.

To enjoy cookies from the freezer, allow thawing at room temperature or in the fridge overnight. 

Healthy Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Cookie Variations

I love this recipe as it is, to really bring out the orange and cranberry combination. However, you can change up the mix-ins for other flavor variations.

Dried fruit: Instead of cranberries, you can use dried raspberries, dried strawberries or even raisins. 

Nuts: Add some chopped almonds, pecans or my favorite walnuts. 

Other: Fold through some dairy-free chocolate chips or toasted coconut flakes

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Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies {Vegan, Gluten Free}

These healthy flourless cranberry oatmeal orange cookies are soft, chewy and take 15 minutes to make! Naturally gluten-free and vegan, this cookie recipe is bursting with cranberry and orange flavor! 
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 8 Cookies
Calories: 108kcal
Author: Arman

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten free rolled oats See post for substitutions
  • 3 large overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter See post for substitutions
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp dried orange peel

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all your oats, banana and peanut butter and mix well. Fold through your cranberries and orange peel until combined.
  • Form 8 balls of dough and place on the lined baking tray, 2-3 inches apart. Press each ball of dough into a cookie shape.
  • Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges go golden brown.
  • Remove cookies from the oven and allow cooling completely.

Notes

Healthy Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies (Vegan, Gluten Free) should be kept refrigerated and will keep for 5 days. They are freezer-friendly, for up to 6 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 6.5g | Fat: 4g | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 4g | Vitamin A: 2% | Vitamin C: 2% | Calcium: 4% | Iron: 4%
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2 thoughts on “Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies {Gluten free, Vegan, Flourless}

  1. Hey Arman! These look great and will be perfect for my hubby to nosh on while he walks to the office. Love your recipes! Thank you very much. Cheers!

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