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Maple Nut Oaties


  • 1 cup toasted rolled oats.  I just toast them in the toaster oven set on 350° for a few minutes.  Watch them as they burn easily.
  • 1/2 cup nut butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate/carob chips or dried fruit (One really good combo is cashew butter with dried pineapple.  Yum!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt (omit if using salted nut butter)
  • Pre-heat oven to 325°.
  • Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Scoop cookie dough by TBSP (I actually use a melon ball scooper) onto parchment lined or greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes.
  • Let cool for a minute or so, and then I just pick them up and form into balls before placing on the cooling rack.

141 Comments leave one →
  1. Lara permalink
    April 20, 2009 10:19 am

    Is that supposed to be 1/2 cup of agave?

  2. April 20, 2009 10:26 am

    Yes, 1/2 cup. Thanks for catching that – just updated the recipe. 🙂

  3. Lara permalink
    April 20, 2009 10:30 am

    They look awesome! Thanks.

  4. April 20, 2009 10:47 am

    Yum!! AND Gluten Free – YEA!!! I just might have to whip up a batch of these.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. April 20, 2009 12:26 pm

    These look delish! Can’t wait to try them! Thanks!

  6. April 20, 2009 12:48 pm

    These sound like great cookies. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. April 20, 2009 1:10 pm

    Heather! These look great! I love making hodge-podged oat cookies…they’re always delicious.

    Sorry about your bummed 12th South experience…Hot Yoga knows where it’s at.

    Take care!
    Kaneil, balanceisbest

  8. April 20, 2009 6:20 pm

    i can’t wait to make these! thanks so much for the recipe 🙂

  9. Cecilia permalink
    April 21, 2009 9:12 am

    Wow this recipe looks really great… just a question though, as a student on a budget, I can’t pour 1/2 cup worth of maple syrup/agave without seeing $$$ signs flowing away …. any cheaper substitutions??? 😀 Thanks!

  10. April 21, 2009 2:24 pm

    Hey Cecilia,
    You could always try juice concentrates like apple, pineapple, or cherry. I bet they would work nicely in the Maple Oaties recipe. I did try honey once, but the cookies turned out way too sweet. If you do use honey, only use 1/4 cup instead of 1/2. 🙂

  11. May 9, 2009 12:44 am

    yum these look fantastic, and i have all those ingredients in my cupboard already, score!

  12. jessica permalink
    May 26, 2009 12:49 pm

    A word of caution: these aren’t gluten-free unless they are specifically made with gluten-free oats. Oats are contaminated with wheat through their growing cycle due to crop rotation, and also in processing. Many celiacs are also sensitive to the protein in oats as it is structurally similar to gluten. Please be careful.

  13. July 16, 2009 6:55 am

    Finally made these! My kids ate ’em all right up!!

  14. Laura permalink
    July 28, 2009 9:10 am

    Unsweetened coconut is very hard to find in my area. If I use the sweetened coconut instead, will I have to alter the recipe at all?

  15. megan permalink
    September 11, 2009 7:11 pm

    I really want to make these. How many does it make? Thanks!

  16. Amanda permalink
    September 19, 2009 9:38 pm

    These look super yummy! Thanks so much for posting it. Is there anything I can use instead of coconut? I’m allergic :(.

  17. Carolyn permalink
    October 3, 2009 10:15 am

    I have the ingredients in my kitchen, so have mixed everything and waiting for it to cool for 15 minutes before it goes in the oven…

    Problem is… I keep going back to the fridge to “taste” it one more time…. IT TASTES SO AWESOME!

    My son is allergic to wheat (not celiac) so this recipe fits perfectly for him. It’s sweet so I think of it mainly as a treat, but because of the other thing good for him in it, like the nuts, unsweetened coconut, oats and cinnamon- I also think of it as something nutritious to eat.

    I love your recipes and thank you for sharing them with us!

    – Carolyn

  18. October 3, 2009 10:38 am

    You’re welcome Carolyn. So glad you like the cookies…um, I mean batter. Hehe. Every time I make a batch, I cannot keep CD out of the dough! Enjoy and thanks for reading my blog. :)Hope you have a good weekend. Love, Heather

  19. April permalink
    October 26, 2009 9:08 pm

    these are my favs!

  20. November 20, 2009 6:03 pm

    Ok, so I might have to try and make these with quinoa flakes 😉 I hope they aren’t the suck. I know Oats would taste better. *le sigh* quinoa flakes it is!

  21. November 20, 2009 7:13 pm

    Marissa, Please let me know how the oaties turn out with quinoa flakes!

  22. Chandra permalink
    December 9, 2009 11:00 am

    Love the cookies…I had to substitute a few things and didn’t have the shredded coconut but I used honey instead of agave and used less and used coconut oil to even out the liquids. Will be trying lots of different combos!

  23. December 9, 2009 11:06 am

    Chandra, So glad you enjoyed your Oaties. Sounded delicious!

  24. lauren permalink
    December 21, 2009 1:34 pm

    just made these and theyre AMAZING! i halved the recipe and subbed in honey instead and they were fantastic…ive eaten them everday this week since making them 🙂 thanks for this awesome reciepe!

  25. December 21, 2009 1:37 pm

    Lauren, So glad you liked them. 🙂

  26. January 19, 2010 9:28 pm

    Ooh yum! These look so tasty! 🙂

  27. Felicia permalink
    February 5, 2010 7:01 pm

    just made a batch.. YUMMMMM. now only if i had self control..

  28. February 5, 2010 7:04 pm

    Felicia, NEVER make oaties at night…way too tempting fresh from the oven. They will call to you from the kitchen. 🙂

  29. Tricia permalink
    February 14, 2010 9:38 am

    Just had my first oatie! Ohhh soooo gooood!

  30. March 3, 2010 2:25 pm

    Hey Heather, thanks for the recipe! I just made a batch and they look amazing! I ate way too much of the raw mixture though!

    I’m going to write up about it on my blog but will be sure to credit you.


  31. March 3, 2010 3:17 pm

    So glad you enjoyed the Oaties Jo, and yes, that raw batter is super dangerous to have around. It’s like granola cookie dough!

  32. jane permalink
    March 18, 2010 7:54 pm

    these are soo good, but when i cooked them for only 12 minutes they were still super soft. i ended up leaving them in closer to 15-20 minutes til the outside got almost golden brown, and even then they are still really mushy in the center. no complaints cause they taste FANTASTIC- but is that the right consistency?
    oh, i also used 1/4 cup mashed banana and 1/4 cup maple syrup in attempt to cut down on maple syrup (im a poor college kid and the only way i get syrup is when my parents treat me hah) and the taste was fantastic, espeically cause i used peanut butter and chocolate.

  33. March 18, 2010 8:27 pm

    Jane, Glad you liked the Oaties. No, mind don’t stay really soft in the center. The cook all the way through. I’m wondering if the banana changed the texture? Oh well, doesn’t matter, as long as they turned out delicious, right? Enjoy!

  34. Samantha permalink
    April 2, 2010 2:25 am

    Once again, HEABS recipes to the rescue. After some tracking (not wanting to but needing to), I’ve found my sugars are too high so pizza pancakes tomorrow for supper it is.

    AND I’m making the maple nut oaties for a “Good for you, good for the earth” green themed basket for a giveaway next week.

  35. April 3, 2010 9:12 am

    Oh. My. I finally made these this morning. I tasted them warm and they were deeeelicious. I justed tasted another cooled, and I think I may swoon. These are positively the best cookies I have made in a very long time. I would say that I need to hide them from myself but it doesn’t really help if I know where that hiding place is. So, I think I will just beat myself to the punch and snarf them all down in the next, ummm, 46 minutes :O

  36. April 3, 2010 9:21 am

    Sally, I often have to hide the Oaties from my husband. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂

  37. April 13, 2010 6:31 pm

    what’s the nutritional info on these buggers? i need to know how many of them i can eat 😉

  38. April 13, 2010 6:37 pm

    lo, I added it up once for another blogger. If I remember correctly, it was over 200 calories per cookie if you make 12 cookies per batch. They are definitely NOT low cal, but so yummy. 🙂

  39. Cindy permalink
    April 14, 2010 4:15 pm

    I finally made these today. When my husband came home from work, he popped one in his mouth and gave me a look that said this was probably the best thing I’ve ever made. This recipe is definitely a keeper. I’ve already passed it along to a friend.

  40. April 14, 2010 5:20 pm

    Cindy, So glad you enjoyed the oaties, and that they were husband approved. 🙂

  41. May 28, 2010 4:28 pm

    They are in my oven RIGHT NOW!!

  42. May 28, 2010 6:10 pm

    Susan, Enjoy!

  43. August 24, 2010 5:49 am

    I made these! They’re fabulous. Thank you for the recipe!

  44. August 24, 2010 6:19 am

    Brandy, So glad you enjoyed them. Definitely my favorite cookie recipe!

  45. September 5, 2010 11:43 am

    I love this recipe! I love u already and u are on my Google Reader list!!;) I was happily surprised to see u on another favorite blogger of mine, CCK, as a guest blogger!:)
    I’m a similar foodie as you are who loves me some almond butter!:) I love making my raw cookie dough with it too!:) I would love for you to visit my “kitchen” sometime!!:) have a great day!:)

    *Heather McClees*

  46. HEAB permalink*
    September 5, 2010 2:52 pm

    Hey Heather,
    Yes, love that Chocolate Covered Katie! I promise to stop and The Soulful Spoon and say “hello” soon. 🙂

  47. September 26, 2010 11:07 am

    Hi H–
    I’m making a care package for my cousin who’s away and college and oh-so-homesick….
    I was thinking of making these cuties to send along to her for a special treat…included in my care package. Would they last in the mail a few days or go bad quickly? I don’t want her to open rotten agave (no maple on hand) nut oaties 😉

  48. HEAB permalink*
    September 26, 2010 12:34 pm

    Namaste Gurl,
    I mail these all the time, but I always ship priority mail, especially if it’s warm outside. The cookies should be okay for a few days as they contain no eggs or dairy. Hope your cousin enjoys them! 🙂

  49. Gabrielle permalink
    October 4, 2010 1:40 pm

    I just made these with agave, cashews, almond butter, and mulberries. I am in HEAVEN. They are the perfect snack for a rainy day here in socal.

  50. HEAB permalink*
    October 4, 2010 1:48 pm

    So glad you enjoyed. Hope you get some sunshine soon! 🙂

  51. October 18, 2010 5:25 pm

    Just made the pumpkin oaties! They’re baking away in the oven. I can hardly wait to try them. Thanks for the great idea : )

  52. HEAB permalink*
    October 18, 2010 6:33 pm

    Honestly, I think the pumpkin batch was my best ever. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

  53. Elizabeth permalink
    October 20, 2010 9:07 am

    I’ve just discovered your website and love it – the recipes are fantastic! I made these a few days ago and am making another double batch today. Dark vegan chocolate, agave, dried cherries and toasted sliced almonds. Yum!! Keep the great recipes coming. Thank you, Heather!

  54. HEAB permalink*
    October 20, 2010 9:11 am

    So glad you found me and thanks for reading. This is my favorite cookie recipe ever, and I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying some Oatie love. Your cherry almond version sounds delicious! 🙂

  55. October 31, 2010 3:07 pm

    Thanks so much for our oaties! I love them- they taste like almond joys, but better! I am making a couple of batches to send to my brother right now- except that he doesn’t like nuts or coconut so I hope they turn out ok without those mix-ins 🙂 Thanks again!

  56. HEAB permalink*
    October 31, 2010 4:22 pm

    So glad you guys liked them…you would have gotten more, but CD stole a few…or 5. 🙂 Such an easy recipe and one of my favorites. Hope Josh likes them, and please tell Nick thanks again for all his help with the furniture. We really appreciated it!

  57. November 28, 2010 2:44 pm

    Wow they look fantastic!

  58. November 30, 2010 5:23 pm

    I had a ton of pomegranate and made these oaties into POM, Chocolate & Nut oaties. I used 1/4 tahini to replace half of the nut butter. They turned out really well and I included them in my goodie bags for my party guests.

    Thanks Heather for the recipe and inspiration.

  59. December 29, 2010 10:21 am

    a friend made me a batch of these for christmas. YUUUUUM. They are sooooo goood!!!!!

  60. February 12, 2011 1:49 am

    Just saw these over at Matt’s blog- they look so good! I wish someone would send me a batch of them… ; )

  61. June 4, 2011 1:26 pm

    Thanks for including the tip about using honey instead of maple syrup or agave. We don’t use agave and yeah, the maple syrup price means I usually sub honey.

  62. June 4, 2011 1:27 pm

    I order mine from, its awesome!

  63. Angela permalink
    June 4, 2011 1:29 pm

    Yes PLEASE share! I have celiac and our whole family is gluten free so we order our oats from Bobs red mill by the pallet BUT I finally realized the oats give me horrible reflux. I was wondering if this would work with the quinoa flakes but figured they are too thin and might fall apart. I may try it too.

  64. HEAB permalink*
    June 4, 2011 5:06 pm

    Angela, I’m not sure how Marissa’s turned out, but someone else made them with quinoa flakes and said they turned out great. I also just made some with 1/2 oats, 1/2 quinoa flour, and they were a hit. So, perhaps all quinoa flour would work? Not sure, but definitely worth a try! 🙂

  65. June 4, 2011 5:11 pm

    Thanks! I hadn’t realized at the time how old this post was.

  66. June 4, 2011 5:51 pm

    Making these again, trying the pineapple and cashew butter combo. I’m using the tropical dried fruits, having tropical fever right now, just returned from Mexico for my wedding.


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