Vanilla “Bean” Choc. Chip Oat Cookies

These kid-approved cookies are to “Live” for!  Quick and easy to make, nut-free, oil-free, salt-free, and most of all, taste oh so YUMMY!

The “secret” ingredient will never be guessed by the curious mind.  Drum roll – Unsalted Pinto Beans!  Yes, the humble bean makes these cookies oh so moist without adding nut butter or oil.  This recipe can be easily adapted to a “no added sugar” recipe by substituting semi-sweet morsels with unsweetened chocolate chip morsels.  Don’t worry, the dates and the applesauce add enough sweetness to please your taste buds!

So what are you waiting for?  You are only a few minutes away from indulging in sheer delight with no guilt!

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Vanilla "Bean" Choc. Chip Oat Cookies

Quick and easy to make, healthy and delicious cookies!
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Servings 11 cookies


  • 1 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (or Quick Oats)
  • 3 1/2 oz Medjool Dates, pitted (about 6 Medjools)
  • 1/3 cup Pinto Beans, unsalted (drained and rinsed)
  • 3/4 cup Applesauce, Unsweetened
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup "Enjoy Life" Choc. Chip Morsels (use unsweetened morsels for "no-added sugar" option)
  • 11 morsels "Enjoy Life" Choc. Chip Morsels (optional for garnish)


  • Preheat oven to 325F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Pour 1/2 cup of rolled oats into a mixing bowl, and set aside. Place 1 cup of rolled oats into a blender. Pulse a few times to coarsely ground the oats. Then add the roughly ground oats to the bowl with the rolled oats. Give a quick stir thru and set aside. NOTE: If using Quick Oats, omit the blending step, and simply add 1 1/2 cup of the Quick Oats to a mixing bowl and set it aside.
  • Add the dates, pinto beans, applesauce, and vanilla extract to the blender. Blend until smooth. Add mixture to bowl with oat flour. Stir together until well mixed.
  • Fold 1/4 cup of morsels into cookie dough. Scoop 1/4 cup of dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet. Will make about 11 cookies. Using a spoon form into the desired shape. Optional: garnish each cookie with a morsel.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 14 minutes. Remove from oven allow to cool for 15 minutes. Then, indulge! Store cookies in the fridge. Enjoy!


DO NOT use "Extra Thick Rolled Oats" as it will result in a very dense and dry cookie. For "No Sugar Added" option use unsweetened chocolate chip morsels.
Keyword Applesauce, Dates, Oats, Pinto Beans
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa P Ramirez-Borg says:

    Amazing cookies, I loved them. My family is still getting used to this kind of eating so I need to remember to stay the course and keep being a good example of this new way of life. They will eventually catch on. This recipe was so simple I am defiantly making today for a treat this week. Bless this family for all they do to help us. This is changing my life one day at a time.

    1. Faith Scott says:

      Hello Lisa! Yay, glad you enjoyed the cookies. Don’t give up on your family. Keep introducing different types of plant-based recipes to them. As you begin to make plant-based dishes more prevalent their taste buds will change and they will begin to enjoy tasty plant-based food! It’s a process and a journey, so hang in there! You and your families health are so worth it!

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