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Vegan Oatmeal Lace Cookies [with Coconut]

February 5, 2020

A recipe for Healthy and Vegan Coconut Oatmeal Lace Cookies. A simple gluten-free and vegan recipe that is ready in 20 minutes.. Little prep work required and makes several dozen cookies.

I’ll be honest, I try not to post finicky recipes. Mostly because who wants to make a recipe that has tons of steps and super specific instructions? But also because when I do I end up having to answer so many questions in the comments. Don’t get me wrong, I love connecting with you guys but not necessarily when I know you didn’t follow the instructions (we all know the people who don’t know how to follow a recipe! Yes…I’m looking at you!)

I originally posted this recipe and 6 years ago and while I thought I was pretty clear in the instructions, it turns out that with finicky recipes I need to really drive the recipe home. It started to get me worried seeing a couple of you not having success so I thought it was due time I retest the recipe (even though recipes are tested 3 times before being posted). For these vegan oatmeal lace cookies I tried to really reinforce the fact that you need to use a TEASPOON (using a measuring spoon!) per cookie dough and to not overcrowd the pan so this time I not only tested the recipe, I also tested where it can go wrong.

And lo and behold my theory was confirmed – there’s nothing wrong with the recipe….some of you guys just don’t know how to follow it 😉 So I’ve decided to update the post below to drill home certain things you need to do to get the perfect oatmeal lace cookies. And trust me, you’re gonna want to follow the instructions because these cookies are DELISH!

What are lace cookies?

If you don’t know what lace cookies are… you’re not alone! They are super thin, crispy yet chewy oatmeal cookies that I can’t get enough of. Like I said, they are really easy to throw together and don’t require many ingredients. There’s a fair chance you have everything you need for these cookies in your pantry right now!

Here’s What You Need:

  • oat flour – Did you know that you can make your own oat flour by grinding oats in a blender or food processor? You can also use all purpose flour if you’d like. 
  • rolled oats – regular or quick cooking! Don’t use steel-cut.
  • coconut palm sugar – brown sugar works great as well.
  • unsweetened coconut flakes – like I said, I added a flavor twist with these coconut flakes and highly recommend you do the same!
  • spices – cinnamon and salt
  • coconut oil
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla extract

Perfect Cookies… Every Time

I can’t say it enough, these cookies are super simple BUT (and I mean BUT!) you must follow the instructions perfectly. When I say to use one TEASPOON, I mean 1 exact teaspoon. I have tested these cookies many times and can tell you that if you use more than a teaspoon per cookie, your cookies will not flatten out. So please use a measuring spoon for every.single.cookie. You got this!

These cookies spread a ton so trust me, only put 12 cookies on a baking sheet. When I make these they usually yield around 4 dozen but be sure to bake each on a single tray, one at a time. They only take 5 minutes to bake so it’s 20 minutes total if you have two trays going.

Bake for just five minutes. Set your timer and watch them as they quickly burn! Remove from the oven but let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for at least five minutes. Don’t touch them before then or they’ll lose their shape. 

Storing Lace Cookies

These cookies are best when they’re fresh and crispy but there are some tips to storing that help with the crisp. 

  1. Let the cookies cool completely before putting them in an airtight container.
  2. Store lace cookies on their own – don’t mix with other types of cookies!
  3. Store on your counter or in your refrigerator for up to five days.
  4. If you want or need to store them longer, store them in the freezer for up to three months. 


Vegan Oatmeal Lace Cookies

A recipe for Healthy and Vegan Coconut Oatmeal Lace Cookies. A simple gluten-free and vegan recipe that is ready in 20 minutes.. Little prep work required and makes several dozen cookies.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 dozen 1x


  • 1/2 cup oat flour (AP flour will work too)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  3. In a large bowl combine oat flour, rolled oats, coconut palm sugar, coconut flakes, salt and spices.
  4. In a separate bowl combine coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir to combine. Dough will be wet but not super sticky – this is normal.
  6. Using a 1 teaspoon (using a measuring spoon), scoop dough and place on lined baking sheet. Form into a small ball and flatten slightly with hand. Dough may crumble a bit. They spread a lot so only use 1 tsp!
  7. Repeat for 12 cookies per sheet (will take 4 cookie sheets for whole recipe).
  8. Bake for 5 mins. Watch carefully as they burn quickly.
  9. Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for at least 5 minutes (do not try to remove before then).
  10. Remove from baking sheet using a spatula and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  11. Will keep for several days on counter in an airtight container.

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  • Reply
    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    February 12, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Don’t you worry, I’m trying my best to get my recipe together and post it Friday! My favorite thing about this community is something I only recently starting doing, reaching out to other bloggers to make real friends. I already feel a connection with so many people who I comment back and forth with but talking offline is great too. Aka you and also we need to talk more! PS I just scrolled to the bottom of the page and the recent post footer is really cute. Hadn’t seen it before!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    February 12, 2014 at 8:12 am

    So I’ve never even heard of an oatmeal lace cookie…they look interesting!
    And the best thing about this community is by far, the people. I love the support, I love the friendships I’ve made, and I love getting to meet ‘internet friends’ in real life!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 12, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Speaking of which! Book your ticket!

  • Reply
    February 12, 2014 at 8:08 am

    You are amazing and one of the many reasons why I LOVE the blogging community. I love inspirational everyone is and makes me want to continue to work on myself and be better, kinder and more encouraging.

    Thanks for being you. 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks for being you and most importantly for being REAL! There’s too many bloggers out there who are the furthest thing from real so it’s a fresh air meeting people like you 🙂

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    kathy @ vodka and soda
    February 12, 2014 at 8:05 am

    this seems easy enough for even me to try so thanks for sharing!

    i love blogging and the entire community – you know that! though the awesome blogosphere, i’ve connected (and met) some amazing people! btw, we need to meet up again soon… i’ll email you and we can arrange a time. this time, alex wants in.

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 12, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Send me an email! Let’s make it happen!

  • Reply
    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    February 12, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Don’t laugh but… hugest smile on my face when you gave a shout out to E-town. Unless you were talking about some -other- girl, in which case… sad face 😛 But yup… blends are the best part of blogging. Especially when those blends happen to be amazing bakers/cooks.

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 12, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Sorry are you from Edmonton? I was talking about someone else…Do I know you? Awks…

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    February 12, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I love how easy this recipe looks, and how delicious it sounds! I even have all of these actual things in my house. Yay! I’m not sure this can be healthified but I loooove sugar cookies with buttercream frosting. Heaven in the form of a ridiculous sugar rush.

    Sending you for Valentine’s Day. You are such an inspiration whether you are making me smile or making me think. I’m so happy to have “met” you through blogging. My favorite thing about blogging is definitely the people. Technology and my tendency to blab has connected me, as you said, to a world of like-minded individuals with whom I occasionally disagree. It’s pretty incredible in my opinion.

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    Tina Muir
    February 12, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Those look great! They look so crunchy and crispy! I LOVE that in anything! I wanna make them now! Especially if they are easy! I must resist…..have 7 miles of hard running (plus 6 of easy) in my way first haha!

    I totally agree about the blogging community! I love how in “real life” people going for the same goal would compete against one another, and I am one of the people guiltiest of this, but I feel here it is all about supporting one another, and getting the word out about what is good for everyone. I love it! You are one of the best ones out there! You bring a lot of people together 🙂

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    Elise @
    February 12, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I like how welcoming and open the blogging community is. For the most part, all the people I have “met” have been so nice and willing to give advice. Plus I have learned soooo much for everyone, and am constantly inspired, love it!

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    alex @ therunwithin
    February 12, 2014 at 7:06 am

    these look mighty delicious. I love how thin and crispy they look. I have always been the person that likes the burnt edges or crispier than normal foods.

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 12, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      haha me too! I love burnt toast! and I totally ate the first batch of these that I burnt to a crisp!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    February 12, 2014 at 6:41 am

    I’m so grateful for blogging too! 4 years ago it helped to change my relationship with food – and to this day it continues to inspire me to be experimental in the kitchen, try new workouts, be more gentle on myself, and to just do what makes me happy. And what I think I love most about the community is the support – you guys all rock!!!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 12, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      The love is mutual! Can’t wait to see ya sunday!

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    February 12, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Um, I think I am going to make these tomorrow for my next scheduled snow day (It’s becoming so routine to be snowed in at least one day a week). I have never encountered a recipe for lace cookies that was this simple using “healthier” ingredients. And, no nuts involved. Love. And I love the blogging community as well for the friends I have made across the globe. It’s truly amazing, isn’t it?

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 12, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      I could never have imagined when I started this almost a year ago that I would find such an incredible community of people! Feeling incredibly fortunate 🙂

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    February 12, 2014 at 5:14 am

    I usually have bed time snack before bed, but thanks to your posting schedule, that has replaced it 😛 (not really, but it’s the last thing I do computer wise before shutting it off..)

    The shout out to Sydney was well received….legit in time with the 9pm fireworks. The best thing about blogging is without a doubt the blends- some which may even trump my day to day friends because of the humour and genuine hearts of Gold. OR black gold… ;). As for the cookies- these are like Anzac Biscuits skinny cousin. #9 on my to make list.

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 12, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Black gold eh? I have no clue who you’re talking about…

      who doesn’t love the skinny cousin? So what’s #1?

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