These Nutella oatmeal cookies have the prefect balance of oats to chocolate. They don't require a lot of ingredients, they're gluten free and made only with whole and ground oats, which gives them a hearty texture. They go perfectly with coffee and the rich, Nutella flavor will make you smile!
I hope you all are enjoying Columbus Day so far! Monday is my day off so this holiday doesn't feel as special to me, but it's still so nice to have a day off to relax and get refreshed. I didn't realize how tiring living in New York would be! I love everything about living here, but trying to accomplish everyday tasks in a huge city drains me more than doing those same activities in the suburbs or Orlando.
In fact, just the other day I was thinking about all the little things that have changed in my life since living in New York. Some of my habits and interests have changed. They way I rest and relax has change. The way I eat and work out has changed too. None of these changes have been overly drastic, but more subtle in nature. I find it interesting though and thought I'd share these changed with you.
Don't worry, I'll start making you drool over these Vegan Nutella Oatmeal Cookies (made with Homemade Nutella) in a minute!
Ways my life has changed since moving to New York:
1. I sleep more. I never, ever used to take naps, but I find myself taking power naps almost every day. Sometimes those short, power naps turn into full hours even. In the past if I took a nap in the afternoon I would have a hard time falling asleep at night. Not here.
2. I drink more water. I'm not quite sure what this has to do with living in New York, but I drink so much water now. The first thing I do when I wake up is chug a large glass of water. By the time I finish breakfast I've drank three more full glasses. I take a water bottle everywhere too. I'm thinking it's because the air is more dry here than in Orlando and I'm exerting more energy walking everywhere.
3. I'm lazy on my days off. When I lived in Orlando I used to be out and about with friends all day on the weekends. I would stay up late and always wanted to be with people doing something. Since moving to New York, my day off has become such a sacred, special day. I usually don't see anyone except for Brett and sometimes I won't even leave my house except to run a short errand or go to the gym. I would have felt lame in the past if this was how I spent my day off, but now I don't care. It's what gives me rest and allows me to run around the city the other 6 days of the week.
4. I love running on a treadmill. I know some of you just threw up a little in your mouth, and I don't blame you. I used to hate treadmills with a passion, but for some reason I'm in love with a good run at the gym. Maybe it's because I can get a longer run done in a hour verses 1.5-2 hours when I have to take the Subway somewhere to run outside. Maybe it's all the distraction that make my runs fly by: 10 TVs, people watching, music, etc. I'm not sure, but I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts! Especially because winter is right around the corner.
What is Nutella?
Nutella is a sweetened hazelnut nut nutter made by the Italian candy company Ferrero.
It is delicious and it pairs well with lots of food items.
Ferrero Nutella Ingredients
Many people don't realize that the ingredients for Nutella vary by country.
Below is the list of ingredients for the United States:
- palm oil
- skim milk
- reduced minerals whey (milk)
- lecithin as emulsifier (soy)
- vanillin: an artificial flavor
My Homemade Nutella Recipe
My homemade Nutella recipe is vegan, uses fewer ingredients, and more natural ingredients and is just as delicious!
- 2 cups raw hazelnuts, no skin
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
Coconut oil is optional.
There have been some other changes, but I think it's time we start talking about these Vegan Nutella Oatmeal Cookies.
Let me start by saying that baking used to intimidate me. But as they say, practice makes perfect. Well, I haven't quite reached perfection, but I am pleased with how these turned out!
I had a big jar of Healthy Homemade Nutella in the fridge that I had been wanting to use and figured cookies were a good way to go.
These cookies don't require a lot of ingredients and they have the prefect balance of oats to chocolate. They're gluten free, made only with whole and ground oats, which gives them a hearty texture.
If you enjoy these cookies, then you'll also love these Easy Nutella Energy Bites!
You could easily sub the oat flour for spelt or whole wheat flour too.
These Nutella oatmeal cookies go perfectly with coffee and the rich, Nutella flavor will make you smile. I promise! I hope you like these!!
Vegan Nutella Oatmeal Cookies
- 2 ¼ cup oatmeal DIVIDED
- ½ cup Healthy Homemade Nutella
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 flax egg 3 tablespoons water + 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- ¼ cup dairy-free chocolate chips or cacao nibs
- Preheat your oven to 350 °F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- In a small bowl, prepare your flax egg by whisking 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water.
- Set the "egg" aside for 5 minutes to gel.
- In a food processor, process 1 ½ cups of oatmeal into a fine flour.
- In a large bowl whisk or use a hand mixer to combine the Nutella, coconut oil, maple syrup and flax egg together. Add in the ground oat flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt and stir until well mixed. Fold in the whole oats and chocolate chips.
- Drop the cookie dough by 2 tablespoon amounts and flatten the balls slightly to form cookie shapes.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating the baking sheets 180 degrees half way through. Let the cookies cool completely* and store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 week.
Leigha @ The Yooper Girl says
Faith these look incredible!! I've changed a lot too since recovering from an ED... it feels so nice to just relax on my day off! These are basically healthy cookies and I love it!
Thanks Leigha! And a day off is so good for us, isn't it? 🙂
Tina Muir says
Yummy! You already knew I liked these, but I'm gonna say it again! Nom nom! Thanks for linking up again, I always look forward to what you have to bring 🙂
You're so encouraging Tina! Thanks for commenting and hosting Meatless Mondays!!
Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner says
Yummy recipe! thanks for linking up with us today. Hope you will check out our recipes too. I hate running on treadmills with a passion LOl
Thanks Deborah! I definitely will...and already have! So many great ideas. Thanks for hosting...and yeah, I know my current treadmill obsession is crazy:)