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2-Minute Oatmeal Cookie

If you hate microwave recipes, look away now.

Of course, you could heat an oven to 350 degrees and bake the cookie for about 12 minutes. Or you could enjoy the instant gratification that comes with zapping it in the microwave. Remember, if you judge cookies, you have no time to love them. The good news: you’ll have plenty of time to mix and bake more traditional cookies, like banana oatmeal, almond shortbread, or salted chocolate peanut butter cookies.

Vary the flavor of this vegan breakfast cookie by subbing ripe banana for the applesauce or adding quinoa flakes instead of gluten free oats. By the way, Gluten Free Watchdog has a list of companies that produce oats under a gluten-free purity protocol. Important, if you have celiac disease like I do.

For the best looking cookie, refrigerate dough for a few minutes before cooking. Chilling is always a good thing.

Before . . .

2-Minute Oatmeal Cookie

1 minute

1 large cookie

Need a cookie right away? Here's the easiest way to take care of your snacking needs.


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons applesauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons gluten free flour
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free oats
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips


In a microwave safe cup, melt coconut oil. Add brown sugar, applesauce, vanilla, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir to combine. Add gf flour and oats. Mix thoroughly. Stir in chocolate chips.

Scoop dough onto parchment paper, flattening slightly into a patty shape. Or be lazy like me and cook it in your cup or mug. Microwave on high for 45-50 seconds (in a 1500 watt oven). Cook time will vary depending on how powerful your microwave is. Let cookie cool a bit before eating.


For the most attractive cookie, refrigerate the dough for a few minutes before cooking.


Need cake in a hurry?  Try this instant carrot cake recipe.


  1. Christine says:

    Oh, I totally thought of you Linda, when Fox 2 News said it’s National Cookie Day. And thanks for this post. Being the sole gluten free eater in the house, I often wish I had quick single serve recipes for my yummies. So THANKS! And Happy Cookie Eating to ya!

  2. Finally! A great “cookie for one” recipe. I’m going to go make one now… Thanks Linda!

    • Oh good! Let me know how it goes. I neglected to mention, but maybe it’s apparent, this cookie is barely sweet enough to be called a cookie. But there’s always chocolate chips, etc.

  3. huntfortheverybest says:

    cool idea! great for when you are having a cookie craving!

  4. Lynn Jarrett says:

    No applesauce, used chopped dates with enough water to soften and reach applesauce consistency. No GF oats, used 1/2 tbs extra GF flour and 1/2 tbs ground flax seeds. Palm sugar instead of brown sugar. Soft Cookie but yummy.

    • That sounds really delicious, Lynn. I rarely hear about anyone’s variations. Thanks so much for playing around with this recipe and commenting!

    • Lynn Jarrett says:

      I Missspoke! I replaced the oats with ONE and 1/2 TBS ground flaxseed and 1/2 TBS more of the GF flour. I doubled the batch and made 4 cookies! Took about 2 min in my micro.

  5. Lynn Jarrett says:

    You are welcome! Thhe big cookie was REALLY BIG! That’s why I made 4 cookies instead of two. Thought it may cook faster. You know, to take care of that “emergency” sooner!

  6. Can you use all purpose flour and regular oats if you don’t have GF materials? Will this change the recipe in any way or the microwave time?


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