Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies (Dairy-free / Vegan)

I was going to share a recipe for my favourite almond breakfast smoothie today, but chocolate cookies seem far more appropriate for a Friday 😉

I also had a special six year old in mind when I made the switch. Like me, he has a dairy allergy, but he’s also allergic to nuts and seeds. I’ve been posting lots of recipes with nuts lately, so it’s high time I redressed the balance.

This time of year, I love using dried cranberries in my baking. In cookies, they glisten like little rubies, especially when set against a backdrop of dark chocolate.

Double Choc Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Until recently, I found it difficult to find dried cranberries that weren’t laden with cane sugar. However, I’m really pleased to see that the supermarkets like Tesco and Waitrose are now stocking cranberries sweetened with pineapple juice in their wholefood sections. To me, they taste far nicer than the sugar coated fruits.

Cranberries

These double choc chip cookies taste pretty decadent, but they contain lots of good stuff. The wholegrain flour and oats provide protein, fibre and slow release energy, while the cocoa and cranberries add antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Double Choc Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Freshly baked, the cookies have a crisp outer shell and warm, fluffy interior. They firm up in time, but are equally delicious. The cookies freeze really well too. I often freeze half of the batch so I’ve got a ready supply for lunchbox treats, afterschool snacks and coffees mornings with the girls.

These cookies have been a big hit with friends and family. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Double Choc Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

I just need to work out how to gluten free these cookies now, and we can all tuck in. If any GF vegan bakers can share their wisdom, it would be very much appreciated!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone xx

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13 Responses to Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies (Dairy-free / Vegan)

  1. Kelsang Virya

    Hi Sharon. I have just tried my hand at two vegan cake recipes that I picked up from a book I was given for my birthday. It’s called *Sweet Vegan* by Emily Mainquist. The cakes I have made so far are Peanut Butter Brownies, and Blueberry muffins.

    There is a recipe in the book for gluten-free flour mix:

    (Makes 450g)
    310g white rice flour
    105g potato starch
    40g tapioca starch
    1.5 teaspoons xanthan gum

    It is supposed to make *fluffy and moist gluten-free cakes*. Make a bulk load and store in an airtight container in fridge for up to 90 days.

    I haven’t tried it yet but have all the ingredients in readiness for my next baking session. If you try it please let me know how it goes.

    Where do you buy your choc chips? I looked on the internet and they are mega-expensive. I decided to grate vegan choc instead. It melted fine.

    Lots of love
    Virya xx

    • Hey dear, sweet Virya! So lovely to hear from you ♥ Thank you so much for your tips. I’ve not heard of ‘Sweet Vegan’ so I’ll have to check it out. The GF blend you’ve listed sounds pretty similar to the Doves Farm gluten free plain flour. It’s worked really well for me in pancakes, but I haven’t had success with cakes. I’ll have to give it a try in these cookies & see how it turns out.

      I use Morrison’s or Sainsbury’s own brand dark choc chips (from the baking aisle). They don’t contain dairy, but they’re produced on the same line as the milk choc so may contain traces. I haven’t broken out in eczema using them, so they’re good enough for me. Sometimes I do use a finely chopped dark chocolate bar instead though. Just depends if I need round chips or not 😉

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  3. Lovely recipe Sharon! I would try using 50 per cent oat flour and 50% ground almonds and reduce the fat slightly to compensate for the fat in the almonds. It might work. When I’m in a chocolate chip cookie mood I’ll try and let you know!
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  4. Wow these are beaaaautiful cookies and dried cranberries are a lovely addition to cookies, they do glisten like little rubies, hehe!
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  5. LOVE baking with cranberries 🙂 These look delicious
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  6. Sue

    ‘Found’ some dried cranberries in the cupboard that need using up :). Thanks for another great recipe

    • It’s a pleasure Sue ♥ I’m really into cranberries at the moment… must be an Autumn thing. If you’ve got any more left over, I’ve got another tasty recipe coming next week 😀

  7. Ooh I would love to tuck into these!! I love dried cranberries but have to say that I never use them due to all that sneaky sugar!! So happy to hear that there are better versions out now. I will have to look for some when I’m home for Christmas baking!
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    • I was so happy to find our supermarkets stocking cranberries sweetened with pineapple juice instead of sugar. I love dried cranberries but never bought them before for the same reason as you. Now I’m totally obsessed with them and have been using them in everything… granolas, cookies, sprinkled on porridge & cereal… I hope you find the cane sugar free version too when you’re home! xx

  8. Kristina

    hi sharon,
    is there an option to put these in a dehydrator instead of the oven please?? they look pretty delicious btw 😉

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