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These almond butter and oat-based cookies quickly became popular on the road to Sacramento for the USATF Junior Olympic National Championships this summer. They are nutrient-dense and customizable to whatever dietary needs you’re cooking for, but more importantly, they taste really good! Level-up the recipe by using UCAN almond butter for even more satiating slow-burning carbs. This recipe happens to be vegan, but omnivorous athletes will enjoy them all the same. 

Almond Butter Oat Cookies

Makes about 16 cookies. Prep time: 10 minutes. Cook time: 18-20 minutes.



  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed meal (for flax egg; sub real egg if desired)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional, but add more oats if omitting)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup smooth almond butter (try UCAN)
  • ½ cup real maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Add-ins: I used about ½ cup chocolate chips and ¼ cup hemp hearts (good protein). Use whatever chips, dried fruit, or nuts you want



  • Make the flax egg by combining the flax meal with 5 tbsp of water, mix, and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes. It will thicken up.
  • Preheat oven to 350 and prepare 2 cookie sheets with parchment.
  • Combine oats, coconut, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla and flax egg (when ready).
  • Combine wet ingredients with oats. It will be very sticky! Fold in add-ins.
  • Use a cookie scoop or clean hands to make about 16 cookie balls, depending on how big you want these. Mine are about 2-3 inches in diameter. They do not spread when baking; flatten them a bit on the sheet to make a cookie shape that will bake evenly.
  • Bake 18-20 minutes, and then cool on the pan for 5 min. Transfer to wire cooling rack, then store in a sealed container for up to a week. No need to refrigerate. Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts based on this recipe generating 16 cookies with chocolate chips and hemp hearts added:

Calories: 226 | Fat: 14.3g Carbs: 21.2g Fiber 3.2g Sugar 7.2g Protein: 5g | Potassium: 232mg Iron: 2.6 mg



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