Vegan Cookies: Oatmeal Cocoa Nib Bites

oatmeal cocoa nib cookies

Cocoa nibs bake up so nicely in vegan cookies. They’re a little bit chocolatey, a little bit nutty, and a lot delicious!

Add cookies to the list of my pregnancy cravings! One of my girlfriends had to give up sugar in her third trimester, so I’m trying to avoid that by limiting my intake. That means when I do indulge in sugary snacks, I want them to be really special, and these cookies fit the bill!

Cocoa nibs are like a chocolate chip’s healthier cousins. You can find them raw or sometimes roasted, and either works for this recipe. Like chocolate chips they are high in fat, but they’re also a great source of iron, magnesium, calcium, copper, and zinc. These are all nutrients that you and a growing baby need, so using cocoa nibs in place of chocolate chips makes these perfect pregnant-lady cookies.

If you can’t find cocoa nibs, you can use chocolate chips in this recipe instead. You might try backing off the sugar – 3 tablespoons instead of 1/4 cup – since the chips add some sweetness.

Like I said, I’m trying to limit my sugar, and the other thing I like about cocoa nibs is that they don’t have added sugar like chocolate chips, so you get your chocolate fix with less of the white stuff. Yay!

I can’t have a ton of cookies in the house, because I would devour them all, so this is a small batch recipe. It only makes 12 cookies. If you’re baking for a crowd, you can multiply the recipe to make as many cookies as you like!

Oatmeal Cocoa Nib Bites

Yield: ~12 cookies


  • 5 tablespoons Earth Balance, your favorite vegan margarine, or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal, whisked with 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup white wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon each baking soda and baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa nibs

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. In a small bowl, cream together the margarine and brown sugar, then add the flax mixture and vanilla extract.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients, mixing well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and use your hands to mix the dough up well.
  4. Drop the dough 2 tablespoons at a time onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, flattening the cookies ever-so-slightly. Bake for 6-8 minutes, and cool before serving.
7 comments on “Vegan Cookies: Oatmeal Cocoa Nib Bites
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  4. Oh god, the possibility of being pregnant and NOT being able to eat sugar is terrifying–hope that doesn’t happen to you! Cocoa nibs are totally awesome little treats, but I rarely remember to use them. Good reminder!

    • Right?? It happened to a friend of mine, and it was such a bummer. I think I get that test at this upcoming doctor’s appointment in a couple of weeks – fingers crossed!

      I also neglected my little container of cocoa nibs for a long time, which is actually the other thing that made me want to try using them in cookies. Good thing those suckers keep for ages!

    • Thank you! I am a little ashamed at how quickly I ate them all, but at least they were a little healthier than the chocolate chip cookies that I really wanted!

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