These super easy homemade Oreos are made with just a few simple ingredients and are naturally vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, and healthier! Just like the classic chocolate creme sandwich cookie we know and love, but better!

Best Easy Homemade Oreos (Vegan + Gluten Free!)

If you’re a fan of (dairy-free) milk’s favorite cookie, then you’re going to absolutely love these super easy homemade Oreos that are naturally vegan and gluten free!

With a crisp and sweet dark chocolate cookie and the creamiest vanilla frosting, these easy vegan Oreo cookies taste just like the classic! Only made with much simpler ingredients and from the comfort of your own home!

Make these vegan Oreo cookies gluten free as needed, and we’re even giving you a few different filling options if you want to customize these homemade Oreos (think mint chocolate filling, peanut butter, funfetti, and more!).

What are the ingredients for vegan Oreos?

These homemade vegan Oreo cookies are not only super easy to make, but they use the most simple ingredients. You might be wondering, well aren’t Oreos naturally vegan?

Technically, yes and no. The ingredients of Oreo cookies from Nabisco are as follows:

NABISCO OREOS (UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE \, RIBOFLAVIN \, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR. })

Source: Nabisco Oreo Cookies

The ingredients above are technically vegan. However, Oreos are not manufactured in a vegan-certified co-packer, which means there’s a possibility for cross-contamination. That being said, and as Loving It Vegan has described it, the possibility of cross-contamination is the same as if you were to go to a restaurant that isn’t fully vegan. There is a chance, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s there.

If you have a food allergy though, you should always air on the side of caution. Which is why these homemade vegan Oreos exist!

oreo cookies on wooden board

To make homemade Oreos, you’ll need the following:

  • Flour: you can use all purpose or gluten free 1:1 baking flour
  • Vegan butter: there’s also a swap for coconut oil if preferred
  • Coconut sugar
  • Dark cocoa powder: I recommend black cocoa powder for a true Oreo look and taste!
  • Arrowroot starch: you can also use cornstarch if preferred
  • Vegan buttercream

As you can see, these Oreo cookies are super easy to make with simple ingredients! In terms of ingredients, I recommend using a food processor and a small round cookie cutter, such as a Linzer cookie cutter.

What kind of cocoa is used for Oreos?

For a true Oreo cookie, the more alkalized the cocoa powder is, the more these homemade Oreo cookies will taste like the real deal. You might be wondering what the difference between all of the cacao and cocoa powders is, so let’s briefly go over it!

Cacao powder: this is the ground up contents from the cocoa bean. Cacao power is more red in color than dark brown, and taste super rich in flavor. You might associate this flavor with a super dark chocolate. However, in baking, it’s lower in acidity and therefore leaves not only a lighter, more red-toned color, but also doesn’t help baked goods rise as well.

Dutch-process cocoa powder: this cocoa powder is not only heat treated, but also alkalized, meaning that it’s less bitter and it’s also less acidic. Dutch-process cocoa powder will yield a really dark color for your baked goods, and also ensure that they don’t rise as much (making it not so great for cakes, brownies, and cupcakes!).

Natural cocoa powder: this is the cocoa powder I highly recommend for cakes and cupcakes. This is because natural cocoa powder is heat treated, so it won’t be as bitter, but it still is high in acidity, which means it will react with the baking soda, helping your baked goods to rise.

Black cocoa powder: this is the cocoa powder I recommend the most for these vegan Oreos. Black cocoa powder is a super alkalized form of dutch-process cocoa powder, so it’s not as bitter as cacao powder, but because of the alkalized nature, it also is low in acidity. This means that it won’t help your cakes rise, but it will be perfect for baking homemade Oreo cookies.

For making homemade Oreos, I recommend using dutch-process cocoa powder or black cocoa powder.

stacked vegan oreo cookies

How to make homemade Oreos from scratch

As always, the full written instructions with ingredient measurements are found down below in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. However, we’re going to go over the basics here, as well as provide a few visual references to help you make these homemade Oreos!

To start, it’s important to note that your vegan butter or coconut oil should be cold. The actual Oreo cookie part will be crisp like a shortbread cookie, and to achieve that crispness, you need chilled butter or coconut oil.

This is why using a food processor is super important, because it will be the best option for easily and evenly distributing the cold vegan butter/coconut oil throughout the dough. You can use a pastry cutter, but your best results will come from using a food processor.

Now to make these homemade Oreo cookies:

  1. Pulse the dry ingredients together in the food processor. Then add in the chilled and cubed vegan butter, and pulse again until you reach a thick dough. This should take about 2-3 minutes. The dough should be smooth and not sticky, much like a pie dough!
  2. Flour a piece of parchment paper, and rolls the dough out. Use a cookie cutter to create 36 cookies. You’ll need to re-roll the dough in order to create all the cookies/use up all of the dough.
  3. Place the parchment paper with the cut out cookies onto a baking sheet and bake the cookies in the oven.
  4. Carefully place the cookies on a cooling rack and make sure your frosting is ready. When the cookies are cool, pipe frosting onto half of the cookies, and place the other cookies on top to create a sandwich!

Easy healthy vegan Oreo filling ideas

You can absolutely make these homemade Oreos with the classic vanilla filling. I recommend using my vegan buttercream recipe, or you can use coconut whipped cream. I’ve linked both of these recipes in the recipe card as well.

Alternatively, and much like the Nabisco company, you can also fill these vegan Oreos with your own flavored fillings!

Here are some great Oreo filling ideas:

  • Creamy or crunchy peanut butter (major Parent Trap vibes)
  • Add 1/8 tsp peppermint extract and a drop of green food coloring for mint chocolate Oreos
  • Swap 1/8 tsp almond extract for a chocolate amaretto Oreo cookie twist
  • Mix in 1/4 cup sprinkles to the vanilla buttercream for funfetti Oreos
  • Stir in 1/8 cup freeze dried strawberry powder for chocolate strawberry Oreos!
bitten vegan oreo cookie

Can I make these homemade Oreos gluten free?

These homemade Oreo cookies are easily made and successfully tested with gluten free flour. I used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 all-purpose gluten free flour in the blue bag. Super important to note here, as the red bag of gluten free flour, you would have to add in xanthan gum with a specific ratio.

Use your favorite 1:1 gluten-free flour to make these vegan Oreo cookies gluten free as well!

homemade oreo cookies

You are just going to absolutely love making these homemade Oreo cookies! They’re seriously so good and taste as good, if not better, than the classic cookie we know and love!

If you make these vegan Oreos, be sure to please leave a rating and a review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ so that others may find this recipe more easily.

As always, I absolutely love to see your beautiful creations on Instagram and Pinterest, so be sure to tag me there!

Happy Oreo cookie making!

More Vegan Oreos Recipes:

Best Vegan Oreo Cake Recipe

Mint Cookies n’ Cream Ice Cream Cake

Cookies n’ Cream Cookies

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Best Easy Homemade Oreos (Vegan + Gluten Free!)

BEST Easy Homemade Oreos (Vegan + Gluten Free!)

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 18 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These super easy homemade Oreos are made with just a few simple ingredients and are naturally vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, and healthier! Just like the classic chocolate creme sandwich cookie we know and love, but better!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour or gluten free 1:1 baking flour
  • ½ cup (90 grams) coconut sugar
  • ⅓ cup (45 grams) dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp (10 grams) arrowroot or cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup (120 grams) vegan butter or coconut oil, cold
  • ½ cup coconut whipped creamvegan buttercream, coconut butter made from Edward & Son’s coconut flakes

Instructions


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