Vegan Chocolate Brownie Cookies (Gluten Free, Oat Flour, Vegan, Dairy-Free, One Bowl)

Vegan Chocolate Brownie Cookies (GF, V, DF): a one bowl recipe for soft, thick, chewy cookies that taste just like a rich, chocolate brownie! Vegan, Gluten Free, Oat Flour, Dairy-Free.

Before I most definitely lose track of my thoughts, I want to first say:

Happy birthday, Penny!!

If you’re new to the blog, you may not know that Penny is my biggest sister. And by biggest, I mean highest up on the ranking chart of the family tree (the first born, not oldest because we don’t like to use such terminology ‘round these parts), not actually big. Wow! Who knew there were so many conversational pitfalls in a birthday greeting anyway?

Anywho, I’ve been calling Penny my biggest sister since we were in our diapers. Or, more aptly, when I was in a diaper and Penny was changing it bc that’s how awesome of a big sis she was. 🙂 Since we were kids, she’s been my hero, my best friend and my inspiration for All the Things.

Vegan Chocolate Brownie Cookies (GF, V, DF): a one bowl recipe for soft, thick, chewy cookies that taste just like a rich, chocolate brownie! #Vegan #GlutenFree #OatFlour #DairyFree |

Nowadays, she’s a big bad lawyer that kicks so much legal butt everyday. She’s smart, successful, kind, loving, and generous. Anyone who meets her immediately falls in love with her. She’s got the biggest heart. Like, ever. I’m still floating on a happy cloud from last summer, when we all went to her wedding. ❤️

Anyway, when we were little kids, I had a lot of trouble falling asleep. So Penny decided to start writing stories for me. At first the stories were just a few pages, with a few characters and simple plots. Over time, she started writing more and more elaborate plots and even began drawing illustrations for those stories.

Vegan Chocolate Brownie Cookies (GF, V, DF): a one bowl recipe for soft, thick, chewy cookies that taste just like a rich, chocolate brownie! #Vegan #GlutenFree #OatFlour #DairyFree |

Before I knew it, she had made me my very own children’s book. The cover would be an old, soft and worn manila folder that my parents had cast aside. The pages were made up of typewriting paper with the circles on the side. Remember those? She would painstakingly type up the stories, on an actual typewriter (!!), bind the pages together with string, and then draw illustrations in ballpoint pen and color pencils.

And then every night, before bed, Penny would drop everything—helping my mom with dishwashing, doing her homework, making sure Monica and Jenny stopped fighting over who knows what—and tuck me in.

Awkward (or fun) sister portrait time!! Clockwise from the top: Monica, Jenny, Me, Penny.

I would hear the squeak of the bedspring as she hopped onto my bed, the crinkle of those typewriter pages… and smell her familiar coconut scent, and just feel so loved and safe. With every word she read, every funny voice she made, I would feel my anxieties and fears melt away.

I would fall asleep knowing that everything was right in the world, and that there was nothing to be afraid of.

Vegan Chocolate Brownie Cookies (GF, V, DF): a one bowl recipe for soft, thick, chewy cookies that taste just like a rich, chocolate brownie! #Vegan #GlutenFree #OatFlour #DairyFree |

To this day, she’s still doing unbelievably thoughtful things like that. Sometimes, when I get negative or cynical about the world, I think about Penny and know that things are okay. They’re gonna be okay.

Penny is one of my favorite people in the entire world. So on the day (but not really for internet privacy purposes) of her birthday, let’s all raise a brownie cookie in a toast!

Happy Birthday, Penny! Your love changes the world.

Penny and Me. <3

Now, in celebration of All Things Awesome in the World, who wants to make cookies??? More importantly, who wants to make Vegan Chocolate Brownie Cookies?? I just sent Penny and Andrew (her hubs) a nice, big box of these brownie cookies and a super mysterious, top secret recipe that I’m currently working on. Ooh… intrigue! 😉

Side note: I’m also seriously drooling over these brownie bombs from Vegetarian Mamma. Something about chocolate covered chocolate goodness that gets me. Every time! While I’m at it, I’ve also got to tell you about my friend Lindsay’s amazing paleo cookie recipe (once you get me talking about cookies, I just can’t stop!). I love how clever and creative her vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate Sugar Cookies are–featured on her spectacular Cotter Crunch blog. Must try!

Meanwhile, I’m pleased to report that these Vegan Chocolate Brownie Cookies have the Pandy seal of approval! Penny told me that they both polished off like a dozen of these in two days. Impressed yet? If not, allow me to tell you all about these delightful, heavenly chocolate treats…

Vegan Chocolate Brownie Cookies (GF, V, DF): a one bowl recipe for soft, thick, chewy cookies that taste just like a rich, chocolate brownie! #Vegan #GlutenFree #OatFlour #DairyFree |

My Vegan Chocolate Brownie Cookies are:

  • super easy to make
  • tasty, exactly like a brownie in cookie form
  • rich, chocolatey, decadent
  • vegan, gluten free, dairy-free
  • totally flourless!
  • scrumptiously soft, thick and chewy
  • made in just one bowl!
  • allergy-friendly and plant-based
  • bursting with melt-in-your-mouth chocolate flavor
  • inspired by my insanely popular Best Vegan Brownies

So whatcha waiting for? I think it’s totally time to break out the bakeware, just one bowl (oh yeah!), and get your appetite ready! Let’s get our bake on and toast to all the awesome loved ones we have in our lives. I can’t wait to hear what you think of these. In the meantime, tell me:

Who makes your life awesome?

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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Vegan Chocolate Brownie Cookies (Gluten Free, Oat Flour, Vegan, Dairy-Free, One Bowl)

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Vegan Chocolate Brownie Cookies (GF, V, DF): a one bowl recipe for soft, thick, chewy cookies that taste just like a rich, chocolate brownie! Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Oat Flour, Whole Grain.



Brownie Cookies

  • ¼ cup natural, unsalted creamy almond butter
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flax + 6 tablespoons water, whisk together, set for 15 mins)
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons gluten free oat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup vegan chocolate chips

Optional Topping

  • 23 tablespoons vegan chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or greased foil. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together almond butter, coconut sugar, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and salt. Whisk until it resembles caramel.
  3. Add cocoa powder in ¼ cup increments, whisking until shiny and smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add flax eggs, whisking until well incorporated.
  4. Add oat flour and baking powder. Using a rubber spatula, fold until well incorporated and no flour patches remain. Dough will be sticky. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Using a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop and drop cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet, spaced evenly apart. Using your fingers, shape cookies into round discs. Optionally, press chocolate chips into the tops of each cookie. Tap the pan a few times to lightly flatten the cookies.
  6. Bake for 8-12 mins. Place the baking sheet of cookies on a cooling rack; allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Using a heatproof spatula, lift cookies onto the cooling rack to completely cool. Enjoy! Storing instructions below.


– Adapted from my Best Vegan Brownies and Gluten Free Vegan Brownies.
– Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 weeks.
– Freezing instructions: store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Heat in 15-second increments in the microwave until just warm. Or, allow to thaw for 30 minutes at room temperature before enjoying.
– More Brownies & Bars recipes (all V, GF, DF): double chocolate peanut butter brownies, no bake chocolate almond butter bars (paleo), no bake almond butter cookie dough granola bars.
– More Cookie recipes (all V, GF, DF): almond butter chocolate chip walnut cookies, double chocolate cookies, gluten free trail mix cookies.

  • Category: Dessert, Cookies, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free, Whole Grain

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  1. I needed a vegan recipe for brownie cookies and I was so happy to see you have one. I am making a huge amount for our outdoor church service tomorrow and I was knee-deep in Ghirardelli brookies yesterday. I have set today for making vegan ones and oh my gosh! I can’t believe it but these cookies are far better than the Ghirardelli ones I made yesterday! AND I was able to sample the batter because flax versus raw eggs! Once again, flax eggs for the win! Thanks for sharing your genius, Demeter! ❤️ I don’t have a sister but Penny seems ideal! Please tell me that she got to read this post because it is full of love and appreciation for her! So sweet!

    1. Oh that’s so wonderful to hear Michelle! You’re so sweet to make and share so many goodies. And I know—-the best part of vegan baking is sampling the batter! 😊

      Thank you so much for all your kind words and positivity, it truly means so much to me. ❤️

  2. Made these today, using ingredients exactly as written. Used a 3/4 ounce meatball scooper and lightly flattened them. Baked for 9 minutes and they turned out perfect. Thank you for your awesome recipes!

  3. This is the sweetest recipe blog post I’ve ever read! … and I also adore all of your recipes so much! Thank you for bringing all of your wonderfulness into our world!

    1. Aww, thank you SO much, Hannah!!! Both for the kind words & the time you took to send me some love. ❤️. Comments like yours truly keep me going. Hugs & happy baking to you! Xo

  4. Wow they look glorious! Why do you pat them down before baking if you are making a thick cookie? Doesn’t this make them flat? Looking for a more cake brownie than totally thick fudge. Will this one have a more cake-like texture?

  5. Thanks so much, that’s what I ended up doing! Both boys loved them hot, but one changed his mind the next day once it wasn’t hot anymore (sigh…not surprised by that one so don’t take offense!). We ordered the oat flour and got it this weekend so I’m excited to try some of the other recipes now! Thank you so much!!

    1. Excellent! Ah, kids. 😉 So exciting, I can’t wait to see what you try next! 🙂

  6. Hi! I’m so thankful to stumble across your site! My boys are allergic to dairy, egg, wheat, peanut, and soy, and to find great recipes is difficult it seems. The one thing I wanted to ask, can you substitute the oat flour with a different one? I have almond flour, coconut flour, and bob’s Red mill all purpose GF flour. Would any of those work as a good sub for the oat flour? Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Tina! Thank you so much for all the kind words–I’m so happy you and your boys are able to enjoy the recipes. ☺️ I would recommend using the Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 GF flour to replace the oat flour. Let me know if you need any recipe recommendations. Happy baking! 🙂

  7. Hi there! This recipe sounds delicious! I’ve never baked with coconut sugar before. Would it work out fine for me to sub regular sugar for it instead? Thank you!

    1. Hi Melissa, brown sugar would be a better substitute, but regular sugar would probably work just fine. Can’t wait to hear how they turn out! 🙂

  8. No other food is necessary. I made these with cacao powder instead of cocoa powder and carob chips with beet sugar for the chocolate chips. These were nothing short of other worldly. And trust me, I’ve been disappointed a lot with vegan recipes. But this one is divine. My dogs event got up on the counter on their hind legs to get to these. Once they come out of the oven, they are not safe to leave unsupervised!

    Thank you for sharing this.

    1. Hi Sasha, no other food is necessary, indeed! 😉 I love hearing about your swaps! I’ve got to use carob chips when I make these next. So happy to hear that my recipe worked so well for you. Happy baking!

  9. Well, get ready to laugh! I was sooo excited to get in the kitchen and make these cookies! I warmed up the coconut oil in the microwave and went on to get the other ingredients ready. Ya know how it is… busy, mind elsewhere, brain not active, I don’t
    ‘t know… got the batter mixed and scooped on cookie sheet. Said to self ” hmm… dough seems kinda wet… well, it is brownie cookie”. While baking, ( mind you, not before the cookie went in the oven!) double checked the recipte and alas! I forgot the coconut oil in the microwave AND the almond butter! But guess what.?? They are delish!!!!!!!!!! I can only imagine how great they are made correctly!

    1. Oh my gosh, Christine!! I’ve TOTALLY had that happen to me! Something about putting that coconut oil in the microwave… you know the saying, “out of sight, out of mind.” Lol. I think the two of us took that to the next level.. I’m so happy that they turned out yummy anyway! If you ever end up trying it with those forgotten ingredients, I hope you love it. 🙂

    1. Thank you for your birthday wishes. 🙂 I hope you get something wonderful for your birthday, Kelsie! xo

  10. Besides how incredibly delicious these cookies look .., this post was so sweet! I love how close you are with your sister . it’s beyond adorable that she used to write/make you children’s books! ❤ My older brother (who’s also my best friend, business partner, and role model) and I used to make up stores when we were little too! Only we’d reenact them with figurines and stuffed animals .That’s actually how we started writing our YA Fantasy/Sc-Fi book series as adults! .Strong relationships with family members are the best! I’m sure she appreciates you just as much as you do her. ☺️I hope she has a wonderful birthday! I’m jealous that she got these amazing brownie cookies as a present . But … I will make them myself! . Cookie cheers! ..

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, Sabrina! 🙂 I LOVED hearing about you and your brother. <3 Oh, I'm sure those figurine and stuffed animals totally took your stories to the next level. 🙂 I must hear more about these books! YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi has always been a big fave of mine! 🙂 Can't wait to hear what you think of these!

      1. Yes they took them to another level for sure!! . it’s so cool that you like that genre! The first book in our series is called “Unlock the Unknown: New Earth” and it’s only available as an eBook for right now, as we are trying to find an agent for print publication! It’s on Amazon . It’s a series of 10 books. Can’t wait to try your cookies either!! ..❤

      2. It’s amazing that you have an eBook! What an accomplishment. 🙂 Best of luck on finding an agent–I know you two can do it!

  11. This just deserves a big fat AWWWWW❤️ Or like 12, but you can imagine the rest I’m sure. I knew Penny was awesome from previous story times, but I didn’t know she was personalized typewriter tales awesome. That is best big sister ever material right there. Me and my sis are going to have to have a little chat now I think…and she’s a dang writer even!?! I’ll letcha know what sort of silly excuse she tries to throw out.. And a dessert that no one in the world could not love to celebrate this amazing sister of yours, it’s perfect❤️ Pandy approved Brookies–if that isn’t a surefire dessert win then I don’t know what is! But actually I prefer just calling them Brownie Cookies, makes me feel like I am getting even more bang for my dessert buck and doesn’t make me think of small waterways. I always love hearing about you and your epic bunch of super sisters!! Sisters and besties definitely make like 100x more awesome. xo

    1. Nope, I have to see all of the AWWWWW’s written out! 😉 YUP, she is totally personalized typewriter tales awesome! Haha. Lol on you and your sis! You must keep me updated on how she’s gonna step it up as your sis. Ahem. 😉 Brookies… I’m not sure how I feel about that term! I’m so thankful to have a bestie like you. <3

  12. Well HAPPY BIRTHDAY PENNY (my soon to be sister by adoption)!!! I hope she has a birthday as wonderful as her!! This post gave me all the feels, Demeter! SO sweet reading about your biggest sis and how absolutely fabulous she is. I love that she wrote you your own children’s book.. and even bound it and stuff. SO SWEET! AND that family portrait?! Don’t even get me started… the sweetest (and ummm you still look the same!!!!). These brownie cookies are the perfect way to celebrate such an all around, inside and out, fabulous person! I mean, brownies meet cookies EQUALS celebration! These are chocolaty deliciousness, my dear! Pinned of course! Cheers – to PENNY and her birthday! xoxoxox

    1. Lolol! I’ve got to tell her to start breaking out the manila folders–she has to make one for her new sis! 😉 She is seriously so amazing Chey. I can’t wait for you to meet her one day! And yeah, brownie cookies TOTALLY equal celebration! 😉 Thanks my dear! xoxo

  13. This is such a lovely post about your sister, she sounds like an awesome sis! Happy birthday to Penny! 🙂

    I haven’t even tried a brownie cookie yet, can you believe that?? But you make me want to go bake some up right now! These look so delicious, and so chocolatey! Have an awesome week, Demeter! xo

    1. Thank you, Marsha! I’m very lucky to have such an amazing sister. 🙂 You’ve got to try them, stat! They’re so good–like basically if you can’t pick between having a brownie or a cookie, just go for this! Haha. Have an awesome week, Marsha! xo

  14. Hahaha – I didn’t realize that “big” could be such a political word!
    Happiest of birthdays to your sister, Penny! Btw, my mom’s name is Penny too – happy coinky dink eh?! Also, Btw, how incredibly kind of your sister to make you storybooks – she was a beautiful soul (like you) from the beginning! And what a delightful treat to celebrate her birthday with!

    1. Lolol. Riight? Foot, right into the mouth. Ha. Thanks for the birthday wishes! Your mom’s name is Penny? I like her already! 😉 Thanks for all the sweet words, Shashi. 🙂

  15. Happy birthday to Penny! What a sweet tribute to your sister, Demeter. I absolutely LOVE that she wrote you stories and even drew pictures to help you fall asleep. What a wonderful big sister! I will definitely raise a cookie (or three) in honor of her birthday, especially since chocolate is involved! 🙂 I love brownie cookies, but have never tried a vegan version before. These look incredible! Pinned, of course. Hope your week is off to a great start!

    1. I’ll definitely send your birthday wishes along to her! Thanks so much, Gayle. 🙂 She was and still is one of the best people in the entire world. <3 Hope you get to try these! Thanks for pinning and the sweet words. xo