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.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte

This Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte is so decadently delicious you won’t believe that it is dairy-free, flourless and refined sugar-free.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte

Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte will become your new dessert life-saver. It is made with seven ingredients, beaten together in one bowl and only takes 20 minutes in the oven. To really get you interested though I should also mention that it is dairy-free, flourless and refined sugar-free so should suit a lot of dietary restrictions you’ve placed on yourself this January. Basically what I’m saying is you can cheat and have dessert.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte

Baking and eating this Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte may not shrink your dress size, as let’s face it this is dessert but it’s a better choice than most. Since it is made without any refined sugar then one small wedge, served with a dollop of maple syrup sweetened whipped double cream or coconut cream hits the spot and doesn’t leave you craving more. Until the next night after dinner when you remember you still have a slice left and you had better eat it as it will only sit there taunting you until you cave in.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte

Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte

I can’t remember what recipe I was trying to achieve when I developed this one, I think some sort of sweet potato chocolate brownie and what came out of the oven was this, so much better than what I had intended. I have now made it several times since on purpose and it bowls over anyone who cares to try it. Although I have yet to find anyone to refuse.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte

The consistency is very mousse like when it first comes out of the oven but if you leave it to cool then it settles into a fluffy truffly slice of chocolate heaven. You can’t taste the sweet potato as such but it certainly gives the torte an amazingly rich texture and forgoes the need for any flour. It feels so decadent and sophisticated but is such a cinch to throw together. Ideal if you are looking for a dessert shortcut or you think you can’t make a fancy dessert and you need to impress. Remember Valentines Day is just a stone’s throw away.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte

The only stumbling block for you may be that you don’t have sweet potato puree just sitting around your fridge. I do, pretty much every day, but please don’t hate me for it. Just before I arrange my weekly shop I delve into my sweet potato stash sitting on my kitchen work-top and wrap whatever potatoes are left individually in tin foil and bake in the oven until the potatoes are soft. I then scoop out the flesh which has pretty much turned into sweet potato puree by this stage and stash in the fridge until I find a purpose for them. To keep things simple you can re-heat the sweet potato puree in a saucepan with a good knob of butter and mash with a fork for a quick accompaniment to dinner. However, one of my favourite ways to use leftover sweet potato puree is to whisk into a couple of eggs with feta and kale and cook in a small omelette pan to make a very easy tortilla. Also let’s not forget about Happiness Bread which is one of my favourite ways to start the day. So have I convinced you that you need to keep a stash of sweet potato puree on hand yet? I have? Fantastic.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte

So now that you have your sweet potato puree happily residing in your fridge you have absolutely no excuse not to make this exceedingly simply yet uncompromisingly delicious Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte. However, if pre-preparing the sweet potato puree is never going to happen for you then feel free to use tinned pumpkin puree. I won’t tell.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte

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Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte
This Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte is so decadently delicious you won’t believe that it is dairy-free, flourless and refined sugar-free.
Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
8-10 people
Ingredients
  • 300 g 70% dark chocolate
  • 200 g coconut milk
  • 150 g sweet potato puree*
  • 100 g almond butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 75 ml maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
8-10 people
Ingredients
  • 300 g 70% dark chocolate
  • 200 g coconut milk
  • 150 g sweet potato puree*
  • 100 g almond butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 75 ml maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C and line and grease an 8 inch round cake tin.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a bain marie or a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, then pour into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat until well mixed.
  4. Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning and leaving to cool completely before serving.
Recipe Notes

*Prepare the sweet potato puree by wrapping whole sweet potatoes in tin foil, placing them on a baking tray and baking them for about 45 minutes (depending on the size of your potato). Use a tea towel to help you gauge when they are ready by protecting your hands from the heat as you press down lightly on the surface of the tin foil. They are ready when the potato within feels soft to touch. Remove the potatoes from the oven, leave to cool before unwrapping and scooping out the potato flesh. Stash the flesh in the fridge until ready to use.

*You can also use tinned pumpkin puree instead of the sweet potato puree.

*Serve with whipped double cream or coconut cream (if you want to keep it dairy free) sweetened with a little maple syrup.

Easy Flourless Salted Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies

These Easy Flourless Salted Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies will become an absolute staple in your kitchen. They take no longer than 15 minutes from the second you enter the kitchen to your first cheeky nibble on a warm salty and chocolate molten cookie straight out of the oven. It’s quicker than a stroll to Tesco and better than any gluten-free cookies you can buy there or anywhere.

Easy Flourless Salted Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies

Cashew Butter for Easy Flourless Salted Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies

The secret ingredient is cashew butter which replaces the flour and butter you would use in a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe without compromising taste or texture. The cookies have a soft chew and a lovely undercurrent of sweet cashew which isn’t overpowering in the slightest.

Easy Flourless Salted Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies

All manner of nut butters are ubiquitous in the supermarkets these days but if you want a homemade affair that is cheaper, silky smooth and the easiest ingredient you will ever make for your larder then visit my recipe here. It is still a surprise to people when I explain how easy it is to make nut butters – the only ingredients are nuts. No actual butter. So this makes it okay when you laden your toast in half a block of salty butter before slathering on an obscene amount of cashew butter.

Easy Flourless Salted Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies

Salt is always the name of the game in my baking arena and here I require fleur de sel, crunchy little crystals of salt hand-harvested in Brittany. Of course you can use normal sea salt but then do reduce the quantity a little as fleur de sel is particularly gentle.

Easy Flourless Salted Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies

These cookies have become a godsend of late. I have been darting around the country visiting family, going on hen weekends, baking for my cake stall in this interminable heatwave and holding my patience with a baby who has just realised he is a tantrum throwing toddler and is making the most of his new identity.

Easy Flourless Salted Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies

A cookie, a cup of tea and a sit down has been the only thing I have craved these past few weeks. Oh, and more sleep but that goes without saying for any mother. Plus with all the frenetic cake stall baking I want to relax the pace with a laid back cookie that only requires a mixing bowl, wooden spoon and no more than seven minutes in the oven. So easy and so perfect.

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Easy Flourless Salted Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies
Adapted from http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/flourless-white-chocolate-chip-macadamia-cookies/
Easy Flourless Salted Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies
Servings
15 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • 50 g soft light brown sugar
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 250 g cashew butter
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 100 g chocolate chips either milk or dark work well
  • 1 teaspoon fleur de sel if using regular sea salt reduce to 1/2 teaspoon
Servings
15 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • 50 g soft light brown sugar
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 250 g cashew butter
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 100 g chocolate chips either milk or dark work well
  • 1 teaspoon fleur de sel if using regular sea salt reduce to 1/2 teaspoon
Easy Flourless Salted Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C and line a large baking tray with baking parchment.
  2. Whisk the egg and sugars together in a large mixing bowl until combined.
  3. Add the cashew butter, bicarbonate of soda and sea salt until the batter is smooth and thick.
  4. Finally stir in the chocolate chips until evenly dispersed.
  5. Leave for a couple of minutes for the dough to set then using the palms of your hands roll up the sticky dough into balls of about about 30g each and place on a baking sheet a couple of inches apart. Crumble some fleur de sel on top of each cookie and press down slightly.
  6. Bake for 6-8 minutes until the cookies are just turning golden.
  7. 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.
Recipe Notes

See my recipe for cashew butter if you want to make your own

Easy Flourless Salted Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies