When pondering over what dessert I was going to make for a sibling/significant others crock pot dinner at my boyfriend’s sisters’ apartment – I was stuck. It had to be dairy-free, had to be chocolate free (ugh how?!) and healthy(er). I spent about an hour on Pinterest and I almost gave up until I saw it – a photo of peanut butter sandwich cookies! The recipe was full of white flour, white sugar, confectioners sugar, chocolate and dairy….wasn’t looking so good.
Then I came across a flourless oatmeal cookie recipe that seemed to have a bit more substance than the 3 ingredient cookies I’ve done over and over with just banana and applesauce and oats.
The recipe below is adapted from a “Healthy Dessert Blog” however, I made just a couple minor adjustments to include some of which I’ve learned at The Food Evolution (i.e. COCONUT OIL IS AMAZING).
These cookies were a hit for my boyfriend’s family, significant others and friends so I had to share. Oh, and the boyfriend helped too 🙂
Flourless Chewy Gooey Oatmeal Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies: adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie
3/4 Cup Old Fashioned Oats (gluten-free option available)
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/8 teaspoon Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons Raw Sugar (Turbinado)
1 Tablespoon Melted Coconut Oil (adds great flavor)
2 Tablespoons Almond Milk (I used Almond-Coconut Milk)
Add raisins/cranberries to your liking!
Creamy Peanut Butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix together all oatmeal cookie ingredients, adding wet to dry. Place cookie batter by rounded spoonful onto baking dish (wet your hands before making as they will get messy and sticky). Push down slightly on the cookies to flatten – we found that pushing them too flat makes it bit more difficult to loosen when finished (maybe it’s just my old-school oven).
Bake cookies for about 6 minutes. ALLOW TO COOL! The cookies will seem under-baked, but they’re not. There’s just minimal ingredients and no flour so they are a bit gooey-er. Let them cool and they will harden a bit – try sticking in the fridge for a little while to speed up the process.
Smooth a small scoop of peanut butter on the bottom of every other cookie and sandwich together, be gentle!
The recipe above makes about 12 or so cookies so I tripled. I believe it came out almost even to make into sandwiches…if you don’t count the cookie or two (or three) that Andrew and I had to taste test….
Feel free to share your favorite oatmeal cookie recipes! Don’t be afraid to share your failures or triumphs!