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To my delight, the okra in these oatmeal okra cookies served its job well: it provided an excuse to eat more cookies (having a green veggie in them must make them healthy) without screaming, “Look at me, I’m okra!”  The cookies are cakey (soft and airy), hearty from the bits of okra and oatmeal, sweet in a breakfasty way (like zucchini bread), and vibrantly flavored from the addition of licorice-like fennel and a touch of ginger.  Less a dessert than a snack, they are the kind of cookie that would be great to pack in your bag for a day trip or to nosh on when you take a water break on your hike (assuming you take hikes like me – mild ones that don’t require power bars).

Okra Oatmeal Cookies Back Story

In my most frequent encounter with okra, it is breaded and fried beyond recognition, rendering it indistinguishable from every similarly prepared food (veggie or otherwise). When a Facebook reader asked if I could make an okra cupcake (which, as you’ll soon see, I did), I began to wonder if okra could also be interchanged with other vegetables in baked goods.

A bit of Internet research led me to a post on Chowhound that mentioned replacing carrot with okra in carrot cake.  I decided before tackling the okra cupcake that I would begin with an okra cookie.  I used a carrot cake cookie recipe that I found on my go-to site for cookie recipes, Cookie Madness, as a starting point.  I was particularly excited about this recipe because it contained oatmeal and I would be able to call the oatmeal okra cookies “Oo” .

Oatmeal Okra Cookies Recipe

As noted above, this recipe is based on the carrot cake cookie recipe from Cookie Madness.  I left the basic proportions of the cookie the same as in the original recipe, changed the carrot to okra, and swapped the spices for fennel and ginger (I referred to The Flavor Bible to see what spices went well with okra even though I don’t think the authors had cookies in mind).   

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Oatmeal Okra Cookies (Oo!)

Servings 12 large cookies


  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground fennel
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup dark or light brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1 arge egg
  • 1 cup oats old fashioned or quick (not instant)
  • 3/4 cup pulverized raw okra okra that's been chopped and food processed so it looks like chunky guacamole - I pulverized part of a defrosted bag of frozen okra


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, and fennel. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter and both sugars until creamy.
  4. Beat in vanilla and egg.
  5. Slowly mix in the flour mixture until just combined.
  6. Fold in the oats and okra.
  7. Scoop approximately 1/4 cup balls of batter onto a Silpat or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Place 6 balls to a sheet and bake one sheet at a time on the center rack for 18 minutes.


Final Thoughts

I’m guessing that the thought of okra on your dessert table might have initially made some of you say, “Eww!”, but I hope that instead you are now saying, “Oo!”:

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12 comments on “Oatmeal Okra Cookies (Oo!)”

  1. Jensays:

    Very interesting, would’ve never thought to use okra in cookies.

  2. Pamelasays:

    I was a little skeptical of okra done any other way than fried but these cookies sound delicious. I may have to try these…

  3. Asiyasays:

    Wow!!! What an amazing idea! I’m always looking for ways to make desserts and treats healthier. I can’t wait to try these. Thx for sharing.

  4. I love okra. Sounds good to me!

  5. i was a little skeptical which just makes me want to try… i think cinnamon would be a nice add? unless i missed it and its already in the recipe, ha. thanks for sharing, okra looks great as a cookie!!
    @ http://clutzycooking.blogspot.com

  6. Boot ~Csays:

    IMO okra should never be ‘breaded beyond regognition’ but cut,salted & dredged in cornmeal. shake off excess( a sieve is great for this step) & fry til golden brown. You’ll never want it any other way again!

  7. Amazing, Stef! These sound delish and I must try to make them pronto! And I even have okra in the freezer!

  8. Coreysays:

    Hmm, I’ve only experienced Okra fried beyond recognition as well, so I can’t really say whether I like it or not. But I might need to try this. I hate carrot cake, but I hate carrots. Maybe I’ll like okra cake/cookies?

  9. awesome! I have only eaten fried okra before ( delishus) i will HAVE to make these, you know for scientific purposes :|

  10. laurasays:

    holy okra! this should be interesting. going to save this recipe until i get a chance to hit the store (http://cookmarked.com)!

  11. We’ve grown a bit too much okea this year. After searching out interesting ways to use more of it, my wife suggested these cookies. Today, I made them and they are awesome! Thank you!

  12. Shaniasays:

    I’ve tried. It was delicious. Can you give nutrition facts of this cookie please?

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