Big and Chewy Healthy Oatmeal Cookies with Orange Citrus Icing

Big and chewy healthy oatmeal cookies with orange citrus icing–it’s quite a mouthful but every word is extremely important in the description of these cookies. I debated whether or not to add gluten-free, refined sugar-free, high in protein with a vegan option to the title. What do you think? Probably best the way I left it. Now you know that besides these cookies being big, chewy, healthy oatmeal cookies with orange citrus icing they are also everything else I listed above–and absolutely delicious, of course!

When I was little, I was always one of those weird kids that actually loved oatmeal cookies. In fact, I preferred them over most cookies. Weirdo–I know! Now that I’m adult, it’s much more accepted for an oatmeal cookie to be your favorite kind and I embrace it for all it’s worth. Bring on the oatmeal cookies!!!

For these oatmeal cookies, I added almonds and flax meal just for funsies. No, I’m kidding. I did have a specific reason in doing so. The almonds adds a little extra crunch and the flax adds a little fiber. Can’t go wrong with either, right? Along with almonds and flax, I added protein powder. I used PEScience Gourmet Vanilla Select Protein. Get 30% off using my affiliate code PBCHOCO at checkout on their website For a vegan option, use a plant based protein (PEScience has that as well).

Can we take a second to admire how beautiful thee cookies are and they taste just as good as they look. Only way to find out is to make them for yourself!

Big and Chewy Healthy Oatmeal Cookies with Orange Citrus Icing

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 28 minutes

Category: Breakfast, Snack, Dessert

Cuisine: gluten-free, vegan option

Yield: 8

Big and Chewy Healthy Oatmeal Cookies with Orange Citrus Icing

Big and chewy healthy oatmeal cookies with orange citrus icing.


    for the cookies
  • 3/4 c gluten-free oat flour
  • 3/4 c gluten-free rolled oats
  • 32g vanilla protein powder, vegan if necessary PEScience 30% off code PBCHOCO
  • 1/4 c granulated zero calorie sweetener Swerve
  • 1/4 c coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 c + 1 tbsp maple syrup (sugar-free works as well)
  • 1/4 c slivered almonds
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • zest of 1 orange
    for the icing
  • 1/4 c zero calorie confectioners sweetener Swerve
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
    other (optional)
  • dried orange slices


  • Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place all dry cookie ingredients into a bowl and stir until combined. Add in the wet ingredients and mix until a sticky dough forms. Separate the dough into 8 evenly sized balls. To keep dough from sticking to your hands too much, wash your hands after rolling every 2 balls.
  • Press the balls flat onto the parchment paper. Top with dried orange slices if desired and bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool. Once cooled, stir together the icing ingredients and drizzle over cookies. Serve.


You can replace confectioners sugar with protein powder for the icing. Be mindful of liquid amount used. You may need to add more or less orange juice until you have reached a desired consistency.


Would this work with lemon in place or orange in both places? And would Stevia work for the sweetener, in the same quantities?


The lemon, definitely! If you get granulated baking stevia that will work. Just don’t use the packets or something like that. Truvia or coconut sugar will also work.


Awesome! Thank you! I have stevia (but I honestly don’t like the taste so I have shied away from baking with it) but I would prefer to use coconut sugar!


It will taste great with coconut sugar 🙂


[…] I hope you like oats because I had an entire day of baking with rolled oats. I’ve got some pretty delicious [oat] recipes coming at you in the next week so be prepared for dessert for breakfast type of recipes…aka…my favorite kind of recipes. If you love oats as much as I do then you are going to love this chewy oatmeal cookie with orange citrus icing that I made a couple of weeks ago. Get the recipe here. […]

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