5 Ingredient Vegan Gluten Free Cookies

5 Ingredient Vegan Gluten Free Cookies

If you have seen my Instagram feed lately, you know I am obsessed with this cookie recipe I am about to share. I got it from one of my favorite blogs, Minimalist Baker. The things that happen on that blog are like friggen magic! I love it.

Anyway, there are a lot of mornings in which even considering sitting down for a bowl of cereal are not an option, because either I wake up late and don’t want to mess with Andy’s sleep/wake schedule too much or I wake up to a kid screaming his head off and then it is go go go from there. I try to always eat breakfast. It is one of the things about me that annoys Mike.

Right when I wake up, my first thought is breakfast.

Well, after I check on Andy of course.

These cookies are so healthy that I have made them my breakfast, lunch, and snack on many occasions. There is no sugar, flour, or butter!!! That is why I can justify it to myself that this is a suitable breakfast when I am on the move.

Trust me, you are going to loooove this cookie recipe. OMG I forgot to mention the dough for the cookie even comes together in my small food processor.

5 Ingredient Vegan Gluten Free Cookies

5 Ingredient Vegan Gluten Free Cookies

Easy and healthy cookies made from oats, almond meal, banana, peanut butter, and dates!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 Dozen Cookies


  • 1 Cup Pitted Dates packed (soaked for 10 minutes in warm water and then drained)
  • 1 Medium Sized Banana
  • 2 Tablespoons All Natural Peanut Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Almond Meal
  • 3/4 Cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats
  • Optional: Dairy free chocolate chips/chunks or dried fruit.


  1. Roughly chop the dates then add them to a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped.
  2. Add the banana and peanut butter to the processor. Mix until combined. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  3. Add the almond meal and oats to the food processor. Mix until a loose sticky dough starts to form.
  4. Transfer the dough to a mixing bowl. Mix in the chocolate chips or fruit if you are using it. Add a tablespoon or two more of almond flour so you can start to form the dough into cookies.
  5. Scoop tablespoon sized dollops of the dough out on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You can put the cookies fairly close together since they don’t expand much while baking.
  6. Once all the dough is used up and the cookies are formed, transfer the cookie sheets to the fridge to chill for about a half an hour.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes until just barely golden around the edges. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe from Minimalist Baker.

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  • Helen @ Scrummy Lane
    March 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Hi, Stefanie! I really like Minimalist Baker, too. I got a cool recipe from there that’s a little similar to this … with dates and oats and peanut butter and other cool raw things. These look fabulous, too. Pinning for later!

  • Joanne
    March 20, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Grab-and-go cookie breakfast!! YUM. Sounds great to me!

    • Stefanie
      March 20, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks Joanne!!

  • Heide M.
    March 19, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Your cookies look and sound yummy.

  • Stephie @ EYHO
    March 19, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I am all over these! I wake up immediately thinking about breakfast, too…then get upset with Alex when he doesn’t want to go to brunch because he doesn’t eat in the morning! Weirdo.

  • Ashley - baker by nature
    March 19, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    These look SO amazing! And only 5 ingredients? YES!

  • Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen
    March 18, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Breakfast appropriate cookies?! I want! These look awesome.

  • Josef Rosenfeld
    March 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    going to share this on the Orgran Facebook page, just because they look really good.

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    March 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Minimalist Baker IS so amazing!!! These cookies are totally the perfect breakfast-easy to grab and go! (plus…cookies…for breakfast.)

    • Stefanie
      March 18, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      I mean, right? Can’t go wrong!

  • Shikha @ Shikha la mode
    March 18, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    It’s funny that you got your recipe from MB because your blog reminds of them – that’s a compliment!!

    • Stefanie
      March 18, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks Shikha! (blushing)

  • Susan
    March 18, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    You were so close to having me with these cookies and then you added that banana! Evil!

    • Stefanie
      March 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Oh no! I forgot about your hatred of banana!!! I bet you could make these without it… Maybe add more peanut butter???

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    March 18, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Cookies for breakfast is always a good idea, but especially when they pack a healthy punch! I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but it’s going on the list (along with many more of Dana’s amazing recipes)!

    • Stefanie
      March 18, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      These are so easy! Dana is a genius!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
    March 18, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I’m the same way with breakfast — sometimes I get so excited for it before I even go to bed. That would definitely happen with these cookies!