Do you love cookies with crispy, golden brown edges and a chewy soft texture in the middle? If yes, then you will love these vegan oat cookies, made with plant-based and gluten-free ingredients with a simple swap of flour. This recipe is simple, easy-to-make, and tastes delicious.

If you are a New Yorker or know one, you or they will be happy that these cookies taste very similar to Tate's, the green-packaged crunchy cookies sold in most bodegas, convenience stores, and bakeries around New York. However, Tate's are not vegan and made with dairy butter and eggs, so these cookies are a better alternative for the plant-based or health-cautious eater.

These cookies call for brown rice syrup but if you are looking for an alternative, date syrup is a sticky, natural sweetener. If you want to make these cookies gluten-free, swap the plain flour with your go-to gluten-free brand and follow the same measurements. Adding chopped dried fruit like mango is optional but adds a sweet, chewy, texture. Feel free to use your favorite dried fruit like apricots, dates, cherries, and more.

This recipe makes 20 medium-to-large-sized cookies and can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Make the entire batch or double the recipe and save the leftovers for later in the week or give a stack to your best friend as a "thinking of you" gift.

Recipe Developer: Natalie Penney, @natalie.naturally

Crispy and Crunchy Oat Cookies

Makes 20 cookies


  • 1/2 cup of 100g rolled jumbo oats
  • 3/4 cup of 150g plain flour
  • 1/4 cup of 50g desiccated coconut
  • 3/4 cup of 150g coconut sugar
  • 1 cup of plant-based butter
  • 2 tbs brown rice syrup
  • ½ cup roughly chopped dried mango
  • 6-8 cardamon pods seeds removed and ground
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbs boiling water


  1. Preheat the oven to 275°F/140°C
  2. Mix the oats, flour, coconut, sugar, dried mango, cardamom, lime zest, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Put the butter and brown rice syrup in a small pan over medium heat and stir until melted, remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. Put the bicarb in a small bowl and stir in the boiling water, then add to the butter mixture. It will froth a little.
  5. Add the wet mix to the dry and stir well to combine.
  6. Roll tablespoons into walnut-sized pieces and place roughly 5cm apart on baking parchment.
  7. Flatten them slightly with your palm.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. They will firm a little more once cooled.
  9. Remove from the baking sheet and onto a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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