I had no idea you could make cookies without flour that aren’t disgusting. Seriously! I see these recipes all the time and they make me suspicious. And I don’t have any health issues with flour or reasons to avoid it; I am more than pro-gluten, I am a gluten advocate. EAT MORE GLUTEN.
But this recipe for Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies looked really good, despite the absence of flour, and I don’t like to give up on big ideas until I’ve given them a good go. And I don’t think these cookies are gluten-free anyway, since apparently there can be gluten in oats. Gluten schmuten, these cookies are deliciously satisfying, full of rich peanut butter flavor, and crumbly in a rather delightful way. The mini chocolate chips don’t hurt the cause either. And yet they’re still pretty good for you, or at least not terribly bad for you. That’s what makes them breakfast cookies.
They were very easy to make; in fact, there was only only one instruction to follow before dropping the cookies onto a baking sheet.
Mix all ingredients together and stir well.
So that’s what I did. Without the flour, there wasn’t really any reason to separate the liquid ingredients from the dry. I saved the chocolate chips for last, but otherwise, everything went into the bowl in one go.
Quick cooking oats, and brown sugar.
Eggs, baking powder, salt, milk, and vanilla.
It was that simple. I dumped in one ingredient after another until I was done, saving the chocolate chips for later, then let the mixer have at it.
I folded in the chocolate chips by hand, putting in slightly less than half a cup. I used minis.
I used my large cookie scoop, since these were going to be nice, big, breakfast meal-sized cookies, not cute little dessert cookies.
I usually get 16 cookies on a tray, and with the larger cookie scoop, I could only fit 9. Big!
After the first batch, I got smart and flattened them before putting them in the oven.
They took about 13 minutes to bake.
I was very nervous about them, I admit. They looked a bit like those flourless banana muffins I made a while back that I didn’t like. I took a tentative bite.
And then I stuffed the rest of the cookie into my mouth with great joy.
(I didn’t really change anything on this one.)