Peanut Butter Oaty Chocolate Cookies {gluten-free}

These flourless, dairy-free Peanut Butter Oaty Chocolate Cookies are no fuss to make and are one of the most satisfyingly chewy cookies you will have the pleasure to bake. Directions for converting the cookie to vegan and refined sugar-free are also included below.

Peanut Butter Oaty Chocolate Cookies {gluten-free, dairy-free}

Sometimes you hit upon a food/ingredient/ recipe which is perfect for exactly where you are in your life. I said last week that I was having a bit of a love affair with oats but it also goes further than that. I am utterly devoted to and thinking about running away with these Peanut Butter Oaty Chocolate Cookies. They are the only thing I want to eat all the time and at this point I think my body is just being fuelled by peanut butter, oats and chocolate.

Peanut Butter Oaty Chocolate Cookies {gluten-free, dairy-free}

It took a while to get these cookies exactly how I wanted them so I made many batches. Each one delicious but needed tweaking here and there. I am unashamed to say I pretty much ate every cookie of every batch. Despite the tweaking it turns out that you can’t really go wrong with peanut butter and oats. I have eaten these cookies by the tray load. For breakfast, for mid-morning snacks, at 3am feedings and in lieu of any meal that may have snuck up on me unawares. There is never a time for this cookie to not hit the spot.

Peanut Butter Oaty Chocolate Cookies {gluten-free, dairy-free}

The last batch though I perfected. These Peanut Butter Oaty Chocolate Cookies were magnificent. So I did what any generous baker would do when they have hit upon cookie pay dirt, I sealed them in Tupperware and hid them at the back of the fridge without informing any members of my family. Then I ate them in secret. To be honest, it has been a little like having an affair. So many lies and deception. On more than one occasion Cole would run into the kitchen wondering what I was doing inside the fridge. ‘What are you eating Mummy?’ ‘Nothing,’ I would mumble, oats falling out of the corners of my mouth ‘Open your mouth Mummy,’ My toddler would demand. He was a lot harder to fool than Luke and I may have had to slip him a cookie or two to aid his silence.

Then when I finally confessed to Luke what I had done and his feelings were a little hurt that I felt it necessary to hide such an important part of my life with him I magnanimously agreed to bake him a batch. I had run out of my stash so baking more cookies might have been on my agenda anyway.

Peanut Butter Oaty Chocolate Cookies {gluten-free, dairy-free}

These Peanut Butter Oaty Chocolate Cookies are so wonderful as they require minimal ingredients. Seven to be exact. And only a brief moment of your time concocting them in the kitchen. They don’t have flour, just oats. They are dairy-free (if you use vegan dark chocolate) and they are loaded with hunger satiating peanut butter. Whipping up a quick batch for Luke was no hardship. I did it with my baby in a sling and my toddler standing on a stool next to me helping ‘weigh’ out the ingredients. To be honest, he was eating as much as he was weighing out. Plus he thinks that all measurements in recipes are ‘fifty hundred grams’ so he’s got a bit of way to go before he’s a completely reliable sous chef.

The chocolate dip at the end, after the cookies have cooled, are not a game changer. If you just want a quick peanut butter cookie fix then you have all you need right there. But if you can’t resist a bit of chocolate with your peanut butter then I urge you not to. The dark chocolate dip sprinkled generously with sea salt is what takes these cookies to above and beyond the call of duty. I had to keep them in the fridge so the chocolate didn’t melt on the crazily hot day we had in London last week (our premature summer didn’t last, yesterday it was hailing golf balls) but actually that worked in its favour. I loved the cookies straight from the fridge and the fact that the chocolate hardened into a crisp shell surrounding its chewy peanut butter interior.

Peanut Butter Oaty Chocolate Cookies {gluten-free, dairy-free}

The only thing I would ask of you when making these cookies is that you use natural peanut butter without salt (or any other ingredient for that matter) and use it from the top of the jar when it’s still beautifully golden and runny. You don’t want the hard stuff that’s been languishing at the bottom of the jar for a few weeks as the cookies won’t have enough moisture to hold together. However, I have made them with the peanut butter remnants at the bottom of the jar and if that’s all you have and can’t be bothered to nip to the shops then just add a tablespoon or two of milk (I used coconut milk) for extra moisture.

I also, for good measure, tested this recipe as a vegan and refined sugar-free recipe. The cookies were still good so by all means go down that route if that’s the only way you would get to try these cookies. I just preferred them made with an egg and a bit of brown sugar. For the vegan cookie, replace the egg with a chia egg and for the refined sugar-free version, replace the brown sugar with dates. The notes on these changes are included in the recipe below.

Peanut Butter Oaty Chocolate Cookies {gluten-free, dairy-free}

Now, you must rush to the kitchen immediately and bake up these bad boys. Although you might not forgive me if you become as obsessed with them as I am.

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Peanut Butter Oaty Chocolate Cookies {gluten-free}
These flourless, dairy-free Peanut Butter Oaty Chocolate Cookies are no fuss to make and are one of the most satisfyingly chewy cookies you will have the pleasure to bake.
Peanut Butter Oaty Chocolate Cookies {gluten-free, dairy-free}
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
12 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g soft light brown sugar
  • 300 g natural peanut butter
  • 125 g jumbo rolled gluten-free oats
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt plus extra for sprinkling
  • 100 g dark chocolate chips melted
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
12 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g soft light brown sugar
  • 300 g natural peanut butter
  • 125 g jumbo rolled gluten-free oats
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt plus extra for sprinkling
  • 100 g dark chocolate chips melted
Peanut Butter Oaty Chocolate Cookies {gluten-free, dairy-free}
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
  2. Whisk the egg and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until pale and smooth.
  3. Add the peanut butter, oats, bicarbonate of soda and sea salt and mix until the batter is smooth and thick.
  4. Using the palms of your hands roll up the dough into balls of about 45g each and place on a baking sheet a couple of inches apart. Press down slightly so the top of the cookies are flat.
  5. Bake for 6-8 minutes until the cookies are just turning golden.
  6. Remove from the oven and leave on the baking sheet for 5 minutes to firm up before moving them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  7. Dip each cookie in melted chocolate and sprinkle on sea salt then leave to set.
Recipe Notes

*For a vegan cookie, replace the egg with 1 chia egg. (1 tablespoon ground chia seeds whisked into 3 tablespoons water and left to set for 5 minutes in the fridge. Use then the way you would the normal egg)

*For a refined sugar-free cookie, replace the sugar with 8 pitted dates, blended to a puree. The mixture will be a little stickier before going into the oven but comes out pretty much the same cookie consistency.

Spiced Pumpkin Date Cookies {gluten-free}

These gluten-free Spiced Pumpkin Date Cookies are soft and slightly chewy with oats, sweetened only with maple syrup and bejewelled with dates.

Spiced Pumpkin Date Cookies {gluten-free}

I had no idea what these cookies would turn out like. I made them with Cole and no recipe so I presumed disaster would ensue. I stood him on his kitchen stool at the worktop in his little apron which he’s so proud to wear and took a bunch of ingredients out of the cupboards and fridge that needed using up. It was luck that I usually have half a tin of pumpkin puree lurking in the fridge these days since I’m making a lot of pumpkin cakes for the stall and for café orders. Pumpkin cookies, flavoured with lovely warming spices and paired with oats seemed like a standout choice for our baking adventure. I’m also being vigilant about keeping a stash of medjool dates to hand in my larder as they come in useful for so many bakes, Easy Overnight Coconut Chia Puddings, beautiful tagines and the odd snack here and there. I couldn’t resist putting a few of these chopped little nuggets into the mix.

Spiced Pumpkin Date Cookies {gluten-free}

Since I was making these cookies with Cole I decided not to use refined sugar. It’s debatable whether maple syrup is technically any healthier since sugar really is just sugar but I felt more of a responsible mother giving my toddler maple sweetened cookies. Plus who am I kidding, I was the one who ate the lion’s share of these cookies and a little bit less refined sugar in my diet is only going to be better for me.

Cole’s main job when we’re baking together is to stir and taste. I haven’t officially given him the role of taster, it’s one he’s bestowed upon himself. After every ingredient is added into the bowl he insists on making sure it is the right call, no matter if it’s the raw eggs or vanilla extract. It might have gone a bit far when he was shovelling wooden spoonfuls of flour, oats and spices into his mouth. At least he knew better to scrape them from his tongue than to try and swallow this time. An improvement from the cocoa powder incident a couple of months ago which led to me frantically pour streams of water down his throat to ease his choking. Special times.

Spiced Pumpkin Date Cookies {gluten-free}

Cookies are great for baking with a toddler since they are really just an assembly and mixing job with a bowl and wooden spoon, ideal for a child who loves to stir. They are so quick to bake and after ten minutes or so of cooling they are ready to eat. Instant gratification.

When it came time for the final taste test I was completely bowled over at how delicious the cookies actually were. Not at all the calamity I had anticipated. It’s always the way that your best efforts are when you’re not really trying, either that or Cole is an absolute baking prodigy and he’ll be taking over the market stall from me by the time he’s four.

Spiced Pumpkin Date Cookies {gluten-free}

I’ve made these cookies a few times since, tweaking the recipe here and there but every time I have come to the conclusion that the cookies that Cole and I made together that first time were the most delicious. They were probably not the most photogenic since I gave Cole free rein with the cookie scoop to drop them onto the baking sheet but the taste was all there from the beginning.

Spiced Pumpkin Date Cookies {gluten-free}

Spiced Pumpkin Date Cookies have become a little bit of a staple in our house over the past two weeks, I have been nibbling on them for breakfast, mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. They are pretty good whenever to be honest. It’s also pretty handy knowing what to do with that half eaten tin of pumpkin puree.

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Spiced Pumpkin Date Cookies {gluten-free}
Spiced Pumpkin Date Cookies are soft and slightly chewy with oats, sweetened only with maple syrup and bejewelled with dates.
Spiced Pumpkin Date Cookies {gluten-free}
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
15 cookies
Ingredients
  • 125 g gluten-free oats
  • 75 g sweet rice flour
  • 50 g ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ½ground nutmeg
  • teaspoon ½ground ginger
  • teaspoon ¼ground allspice
  • 170 g pumpkin puree
  • 75 g dates stoned and chopped finely
  • 125 g butter melted
  • 100 g maple syrup
  • tablespoons zest 1 orange + 2of its juice
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
15 cookies
Ingredients
  • 125 g gluten-free oats
  • 75 g sweet rice flour
  • 50 g ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ½ground nutmeg
  • teaspoon ½ground ginger
  • teaspoon ¼ground allspice
  • 170 g pumpkin puree
  • 75 g dates stoned and chopped finely
  • 125 g butter melted
  • 100 g maple syrup
  • tablespoons zest 1 orange + 2of its juice
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
Spiced Pumpkin Date Cookies {gluten-free}
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 170°C and line a large baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
  2. In a large bowl sift together the oats, sweet rice flour, almond flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices.
  3. In another bowl mix the pumpkin puree, dates, melted butter, maple syrup, orange zest and juice and the egg.
  4. Pour the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture and stir well until completely combined.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop with a trigger action, scoop up balls of cookie dough and release the dough onto the baking sheet an inch or so apart.
  6. Flatten the cookies slightly with the back of a fork before putting them in the oven to bake for 13-15 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven, let rest on the baking tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

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Easter Cookies {gluten-free}

Easter Cookies are loaded with spices, currants, marzipan and dark chocolate chips for bank holiday baking.

These gluten-free Easter Cookies are loaded with spices, currants, marzipan and dark chocolate chips.

I’ve been craving the odd biscuit lately which hasn’t normally been my snack of choice but it’s probably something to do with them being ultra portable which is the only way I am eating anything these days. Cookie in mouth whilst my hands are free to zip up coats, prepare toddler lunches and take the washing off the line.

These gluten-free Easter Cookies are loaded with spices, currants, marzipan and dark chocolate chips.

I’m also trying to introduce Cole to my happy world of baking and quick and easy recipes are the order of the day to keep him interested. Cookies are effortless to mix, minutes to bake and you can eat them straightaway warm off the baking tray so it’s easy to taste the results of your hard labour.

These gluten-free Easter Cookies are loaded with spices, currants, marzipan and dark chocolate chips.

This past week we have been baking these particular cookies for Easter. They borrow inspiration for the flavours in a traditional simnel cake with marzipan, currants, stem ginger and mixed spice. I also couldn’t help but add chocolate chips as there would be an Easter riot on our hands without chocolate.

These gluten-free Easter Cookies are loaded with spices, currants, marzipan and dark chocolate chips.

Not to snitch on anyone but these add-ons are not so surreptitiously robbed directly from the mixing bowl by chubby little fingers. Some of them at least manage to make it into the final cookie.

These gluten-free Easter Cookies are loaded with spices, currants, marzipan and dark chocolate chips.

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Easter Cookies {gluten-free}
Loaded with spices, currants, marzipan and dark chocolate chips
These gluten-free Easter Cookies are loaded with spices, currants, marzipan and dark chocolate chips.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
12 cookies
Ingredients
  • Zest ½ orange
  • Zest ½ lemon
  • 80 g soft light brown sugar
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 115 g unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • teaspoon ½vanilla extract
  • 60 g oat flour
  • 50 g buckwheat flour
  • 50 g tapioca flour
  • 75 g ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 75 g dark chocolate chips
  • 50 g chopped marzipan
  • 50 g currants
  • 1 ball stem ginger finely chopped
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
12 cookies
Ingredients
  • Zest ½ orange
  • Zest ½ lemon
  • 80 g soft light brown sugar
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 115 g unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • teaspoon ½vanilla extract
  • 60 g oat flour
  • 50 g buckwheat flour
  • 50 g tapioca flour
  • 75 g ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 75 g dark chocolate chips
  • 50 g chopped marzipan
  • 50 g currants
  • 1 ball stem ginger finely chopped
These gluten-free Easter Cookies are loaded with spices, currants, marzipan and dark chocolate chips.
Instructions
  1. Whisk the orange and lemon zest with the sugars until fragrant. Drop in the butter one cube at a time and mix until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  3. Whisk the flours, almonds and mixed spice together and mix into the rest of the cookie batter.
  4. Finally stir in the chocolate chips, marzipan, currants and stem ginger, reserving one of each for the top of each cookie.
  5. Using a spring release ice cream scoop, portion out 12 balls of cookie, the place on a baking tray an inch or two apart. Top the cookie balls with the extra chocolate chips, marzipan, currants and ginger.
  6. Place the baking tray in the fridge for one hour.
  7. Bake the cookies in an oven pre-heated to 190 °C for 10 minutes. Leave for 5 minutes to rest on the baking tray then remove to a wire rack to cool.

Pineapple, White Chocolate and Coconut Cookies

Pineapple White Chocolate and Coconut Cookies

This recipe is not yet gluten-free

If there is one plaintive cry that is often heard in this house, it’s ‘Why do you never make cookies?’

It’s true that cookies are usually superseded by a sudden whim to make a cake or a brownie so they usually fall down the pecking order. Plus cookies are remarkably easy to eat aren’t they? What is it about them that makes you believe it’s okay to have two or three when you would normally only have once slice of cake. It’s probably because you have to eat one straight from the oven when the chocolate is oozing from within and they are still pretty dough like. Later on it would be churlish not to partake in a cooler cookie with your tea, letting your cup catch the crumbs so you can slurp them up later.

Pineapple White Chocolate and Coconut Cookies

My husband is also a bit of a dried fruit fanatic, there are usually odds and ends of trail mix or some exotic papaya strips that never seem remotely appealing to me. However, these candied pineapple chunks have been winking at me for weeks begging to be used in a recipe. I am not normally a pineapple junkie but I have found myself craving their sweet juicy acidity so whilst a few months ago I would have shuddered at including them in a bake, this time round they were the first ingredient on my list when preparing to make my cookies.

I think it’s rude not to include chocolate in a cookie don’t you? That’s not to say I haven’t enjoyed the odd oat and raisin number in my time but I usually think a bit of a chocolate addition would liven up the proceedings immensely. This time round I poured in a few handfuls of white chocolate chips, which are the type of chocolate oft neglected from my bakes, but here they seemed so right.

The desiccated coconut was added just because I cannot bear to bake or cook anything without coconut at the moment. I thought I would be bored by now after my endless forays of coconut oil, coconut flour, coconut flakes and coconut milk but it’s just so damn versatile in all its different formats and there is usually a place for it in whatever I am cooking.

Pineapple White Chocolate and Coconut Cookies

Now these cookies are huge, so make sure you space them apart a good distance in your baking tray. They are chewy but also a little crisp on the corners for the variety of texture which is so important in your daily cookie. The true test was whether they would pass the husband test and they did with flying colours. The only problem is that now he sees no excuse why there can’t be cookies every day.

Pineapple, White Chocolate and Coconut Cookies
Makes 12 large cookies

175g unsalted butter
175g soft light brown sugar
125g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
200g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
¼ teaspoon salt
150g jumbo rolled oats
75g desiccated coconut
125g white chocolate chips
125g dried pineapple chunks

  1. Pre-heat oven to 170°C.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars together until very light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time then the vanilla until completely combined.
  4. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, oats and coconut.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the rest of the batter and mix until combined.
  6. Finally mix in the chocolate chips and pineapple chunks until evenly dispersed.
  7. Portion out the cookies by weighing out each one out to 100g then rolling into a ball.
  8. Place each ball on large baking trays about 2 inches apart from each other and flatten each ball slightly with the palm of your hand.
  9. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until just turning golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes until transferring to a cooling rack to finish cooling. Or, eat straightaway so the cookie is warm and the chocolate is still melting.