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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
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    February 12, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I was just telling myself a few days ago I need more coconut treats in my life and then you deliver this lovely cookie recipe! Thanks girl!

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    Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy
    February 12, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I don’t know how you come up with so many amazing recipes, but these cookies look unbelievable. I’m a huge fan of oatmeal and coconut. YUM!

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    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
    February 12, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I am blown away by these gorgeous cookies – so gorgeous!
    My life has been made so much richer cos of the blends I have met thru this amazing community!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    February 12, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Oh my goodness gracious, I’m making these. All I need is some coconut and then I’ll be gettin’ to work on these babies!
    My favorite part about the blogging community is definitely the support from other bloggers and the humor that we can share with one another, even though some of us have never met in person. I honestly feel like I get to talk to my role models every day.
    Ooo oo! A healithfied peach/blueberry cobbler would be super duper fan.tas.tic. The kind with that doughy biscuit topping and lots of fruit at the bottom…. 😀

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Same here!!! It’s so funny, before I started my blog I read a ton of blogs but only got the courage to comment on them once I’d established mine. When a couple of my fav bloggers responded I freaked out because in my mind they were like celebrities 🙂

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    February 12, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Happy almost Valentine’s Day love!! Your desserts have looked fabulously delicious all week, and as you know, I will be linking up on Friday…so that’s at least one person participating! 🙂

    I love how the blogging community is full of awesome people with all different kinds of brilliant ideas and suggestions. I feel like I learn something from everyone I interact with in the blogging world, and it’s great!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Could not agree more 🙂 xo

  • Reply
    Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries
    February 12, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    You are killing it with the dessert recipes this week!

    The best thing about blogging is being part of such an inspiring group of athletes and cooks! Whenever I need some motivation to eat well or work out, I just open up Bloglovin!

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    Mary Frances
    February 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I’ve never been able to perfect the lace cookie. I should’ve known you would find a way to make it possible for people like me! As I cannot say no to coconut, these are even more perfect!

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    February 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Oh my lanta these are PERFECTION!! These are my coworkers favorite kind of cookies and I wanted to bake him something for Love Day. Consider these babies DONE! I’ll be making them tomorrow… I’m just hoping that I don’t eat them all before I see him Friday 😉

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    February 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    What can you bake and healthify with rum? Is it even possible to use any form of alcohol and the word healthy together?! I’ve had rum cake but I feel sure it is the opposite of a healthy bite!!!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 12, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      I used rum in my banana fosters cinnamon rolls I posted on Monday! Probably not the healthiest but when everything else is healthy we can overlook it 😉

      • Reply
        February 12, 2014 at 2:57 pm

        Well, how did I miss the rum?! I just went back and looked and now I know – I got a tiny bit overwhelmed with the list of ingredients (remember I don’t bake!).

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    February 12, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Mmm I love lace cookies like that! Dipping it in chocolate might push it over the edge! <3

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    taylor @ taylormade
    February 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I reeeaaally want to reach into my screen and grab one of these! they look so light and airy and delicious and so much better than my grapes and I musssst havvvvee one! (can you tell I’m whining?) Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      hahahaha whine all you want! I have a few left if you come over quick 😉

  • Reply
    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    February 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    What else are these laced with… I think you’re missing an ingredient. 😉

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 12, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      I mean we both know how I really make my money…

      • Reply
        Davida @ The Healthy Maven
        February 12, 2014 at 1:58 pm

        Speaking of which, maybe we should do a video on edibles. That would cause quite a stir in the HLB community.

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