Vegan Steel Cut Oatmeal Cookies

I actually started out planning to make a good cereal recipe this morning.  And then I decided it’s a little cooler than typical so why not bake some cookies.  Steel cut oats are groats which have been cut into two or three pieces.  Where rolled oats are made by flattening pre-cut groats.  Opinions seem to differ on which is healthier, I personally like the idea of eating something reasonably close to its natural form.

My son has been visiting friends in SC for about a week now and is supposedly coming home either today or tomorrow.  He much prefers home-baked cookies to store-bought so I’m sure he’ll appreciate these.  The cookies will be on the counter for a day or two and they’ll I’ll put them in the freezer.  We enjoy our cookies but there’s too many for 3 people so freezing them works well.  I used to just take a couple out at a time and let them defrost.  However, we’ve all pretty much decided that we like eating them frozen.  Just be careful and take small bites of frozen cookies!

I was actually a little leery of trying these cookies.  I really wasn’t too sure how the texture would come out.  I’ve seen some thoughts on pre soaking the oats or just tossing them in the batter.  I actually mixed them with the wet ingredients and let sit for about 10 minutes.  I have no clue if that did anything  for the consistency or not.  Instead of using animal fats I used vegan margarine, canola oil and a ripe banana.  It seemed to work well and these cookies are not at all crumbly like some vegan or low-fat cookies are.


  • 1 cup room temperature vegan margarine
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large overripe banana
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 14/ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 11/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 3 cups steel-cut oats
  • 1.5 total cups of your choice of additions such as chopped nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruits (I used cranberries, walnuts, and chocolate chips)


Pre heat oven to 350

Mix margarine, oil and oats in a large bowl and let sit for 10 minutes

Add in banana and mash into mixture

Add in sugars and vanilla and mix well

Mix in the flour, salt and baking powder mix until well blended and then add in your remaining ingredients

Drop onto a greased baking pan by the teaspoon and let bake for approximately 11 minutes, mine were lightly browned on the edges and firm in the center

Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!

Peace, love, and greens!  Lin

    • gerry
    • April 28th, 2013

    gee no mention of how much steel cut oats to use?

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