Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies No Butter Recipe

Oatmeal cookies without butter are healthier because they are not heated and are gluten-free. They also have a low-calorie content, with the oats being used as the main ingredient, making them so healthy.


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You’ve come to the right place if you’re anything like me and love cookies but want to keep the calories and fat under control. No butter in these chocolate chip oatmeal cookies! You’ll still get that decadent flavor that only comes with a little oil combined with pure trumps, but this recipe is as healthy as it is delicious. Keep reading to learn more about how to make chocolate chip oatmeal cookies no butter recipe at home with no fuss.

History Of Oatmeal Cookies

The history of oatmeal cookies can be traced back to European countries and their origins as far back as the 11th century. The Dutch invented them, while other sources attribute the original recipe to American explorer Christopher Columbus. Regardless of where they originated, there’s no doubt that the recipe has evolved through centuries of trial and error.

For centuries, oatmeal cookies have been a popular baked treat. During the 19th century, they were made primarily with butter and sugar. At times they included molasses, sour cream, or egg yolks.

During WWII, some soldiers used to go on long hikes that lasted up to two weeks in the wilderness with no-name rations, including biscuits, hardtack, and some type of oatmeal cookies.

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Are Oatmeal Cookies Healthy?

Yes, oatmeal cookies are healthy, but only if you use the right ingredients in your recipe. It’s all about knowing which ingredients to avoid and how you can substitute them for healthier alternatives. For example, you should avoid using butter altogether in a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe and try using applesauce instead. When you make oatmeal cookies with no butter, you’ll find that they’ll still come out just as delicious.

What Kind Of Oats For Cookies Are Available?

There are three different oats used in oat cookies: steel-cut oats, rolled oats, and instant oats. Each of these is processed differently and has its own nutritional profile.

Steel-Cut Oats

Steel-cut oats are the whole oat kernels that have been chopped into pieces with a steel blade. They are also known as pinhead oatmeal or Irish oatmeal, and they have a coarse texture that is best used in soups and stews.

Instant Oatmeal

Oatmeal made from rolled oats is processed to separate the outer layer called “creamer.” The oatmeal is then dried and sold as instant oatmeal. It’s made in a similar way to regular instant oats but with less sugar added than regular instant oatmeal.

Rolled Oats

Rolled oats are made by removing the inner core (or “steel”), which makes them more suitable for baking. They cook up faster, and cornstarch is often added to regulate the thickness of the finished product. Rolled oats are also high in fiber, which means they are digested more slowly than other oats.

Why Should You Use Butter In Oatmeal Cookies?

Butter is an important ingredient in almost any baked recipe, and it’s a common ingredient in oatmeal cookies because it contributes to their flaky, soft and rich texture. Indeed, some people find that butter is the essential ingredient for the perfect chocolate chip cookies. 

Other ingredients that help oatmeal cookies come out the right texture include eggs, flour, baking soda, and vanilla extract. Although butter is considered essential for good chocolate chip cookies, most recipes will omit it and instead use alternative ingredients like applesauce or vegetable oil.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies No Butter Ingredients

This oatmeal cookies with no butter recipe is simple, inexpensive, and will impress your friends the next time you have a party or gathering. The ingredients can be found at most grocery stores, and you won’t need to buy a ton of different things in order to make this recipe.

You can also add cinnamon or other spices if you desire. And to finish off the recipe, we suggest adding chocolate chips (although it’s not necessary).


Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies No Butter Recipe

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 yield


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • In a medium-sized bowl mix together the oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl beat together oil, sugar, egg & vanilla in a bowl until combined.
  • Slowly add dry mixture to the wet mixture and combine.
  • Add in chocolate chips.
  • Shape dough into 2-inch balls and place onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-14 minutes.

The Bottom Line

Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies without butter can be as healthy as any other cookie and may even taste better. Plus, there’s no extra fat in these cookies. But if you want to keep calories under control, you should make sure not to use butter, but stick to applesauce or vegetable oil instead.

I hope this recipe gave you vast information about how to make chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with no butter. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Substitute For Butter In Oatmeal Cookies?

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to butter, try substituting with applesauce or pureed pumpkin for a healthier oatmeal cookie. This will help you keep the calories and fat content under control. Also, gluten-free oats can be substituted to improve the health benefits of your baked goods.

Why Did My Oatmeal Cookies Turn Out Hard?

If you are having trouble with your oatmeal cookies, there is one common culprit: not enough butter or too much flour. Both butter and flour act as a binder which helps keep the dough together so that it will not crumble during baking; it also gives the cookies their texture. Too little, and they will not hold together, while too much can dry out the final product.

Are Oatmeal Cookies Better For You Than Chocolate Chip?

Some people believe that oatmeal cookies with no butter are healthier because they use more oats, which are considered to be a healthier carbohydrate. Others believe that the “good carbs” in oatmeal cookies make them less fattening than chocolate chip cookies because they take less time to digest.

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