{Gluten Free} Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

 A gluten-free, healthy breakfast cookie made with peanut butter and old-fashioned oats as the base. There is no flour, no butter, and no oil included! These cookies are baked for 5-7 minutes and take less than 10 minutes prep time.

{Gluten Free} Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

These are the best breakfast cookies ever.

I feel a little disloyal saying that since my no-bake healthy breakfast cookies have always been my favorite.

They still are my favorite no-bake version though – does that work?

And to be fair, these cookies are adapted from that recipe. I wanted some that I could bake. That were warm and gooey and fresh out the oven.

So I’ve been experimenting with that recipe and changing things to create these cookies. I wanted these cookies to be just as quick and easy, and still have all the great flavors. But, baking is never as fast. Although I do have these down to a pretty quick baking time – about 5-7 minutes. Mine usually took 6 minutes with one batch taking 5 minutes.

Delicious cookies. Taste testers could not even tell they were healthy! NO flour, or butter, or oil!!

Also, can I just say the husband did NOT even know they were healthy? Not joking.

He kept saying, you mean there’s really no flour? How much sugar then? WHAT?! Okay, how did you do that? How is there no flour?

Yeah, I felt pretty good about that. Not to mention he has finished half the batch by himself in a mere afternoon. If they are healthy…it’s okay, right??

Delicious peanut butter cookies. Taste testers could not even tell they were healthy! NO flour, or butter, or oil!!

I did find that these cookies had the tendency to be a little bit crumbly. Here’s how you avoid that! First of all, use a cookie scoop!! Pack the dough into the scoop into a tight ball. Release the scoop onto a tray and then very lightly flatten the top.

Next, make sure to let them cool completely before picking them up and eating them. If you want them hot out of the oven, you’ll just have to deal with a little bit of crumbliness!

These cookies are removed from the oven a little under-baked. The longer they are allowed to set-up and harden, the less crumbly they will be. (If they make it that long…)

Delicious peanut butter cookies. Taste testers could not even tell they were healthy! NO flour, or butter, or oil!!

4.8 from 4 reviews
{Gluten Free} Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter*
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips + chocolate chips (Nestle has this combo)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium sized bowl stir together the peanut butter, honey, and brown sugar. Do NOT warm up the peanut butter or the honey.
  3. Add in the oats, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla extract. Stir well.
  4. In a separate bowl lightly beat the egg and then add it to the mixture.
  5. Stir in desired add-ins (I used a peanut butter and chocolate chip mixture), but you can use dark chocolate chips, raisins, craisins, peanuts, etc.
  6. The mixture will be thick and hard to stir. Continue stirring until combined and then use a cookie scoop to scoop out the dough. Press the dough very tightly in the cookie scoop to form the balls. Without a cookie scoop these tend to crumble.
  7. If not using a cookie scoop you will have to work with the dough a little bit more by squeezing it into a ball.
  8. Form the small balls onto a cookie sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes.
  9. Watch the cookies closely and remove when the bottom barely starts to brown even if they don't look completely done (they cook more as they cool). I burned a few cookies by not watching them - they look underdone and 30-60 seconds later they are burned! (TIP: I also found cooking smaller batches - like 6 on a tray worked the best)
  10. Remove and allow to cool completely.
Notes
Check the post on how to avoid "crumbly" cookies! Also, I have not experimented with a natural or no-stir version of peanut butter and can not vouch for its work-ability in this recipe.

 More breakfast cookies:

Protein Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Cookies from Chelsea's Messy Apron
No-Bake Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Cookies

Double Chocolate Healthy No-bake Breakfast Cookies
No-Bake Double Chocolate Breakfast Cookies

No-Bake Cookies
No-Bake Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Comments

  1. says

    Haha tricking the significant other is the BEST. I’m super in love with the fact that these are healthy. Because, PB+chocolate for BREAKFAST!

  2. says

    Whoa I love how thick these are! That’s my kind of cookie … errrr breakfast cookie! I love trying to trick my husband with healthy food that tastes like it’s a treat!

  3. says

    I love that you make breakfast cookies. Even if they’re healthy, it’s like eating dessert for breakfast! I love how thick these cookies are and I know they wouldn’t last very long at all in my house!

  4. says

    These are the first thing I’m going to make as soon as I drag myself to the grocery store to get more peanut butter. I’ve been craving something peanut buttery and healthy and bingo! Just what I was looking for ;)

  5. says

    Peanut butter makes everything taste great, even gluten-free/healthy cookies. I love eating this way — these would be such a treat for breakfast or any time!

  6. Celeste says

    Oh my gosh. I saw this and had to make them. These are the best cookies ever. How are they so healthy? Thank you, thank you for this recipe! I love your site!

  7. says

    These cookies look amazing! Haha love that your hubby couldn’t believe these were healthy – that’s the best compliment:) I love how thick they are and yay – now I won’t have to feel guilty for having cookies for breakfast :)

  8. says

    Chelsea, just finished baking theese cookies and they are already gone! They are sooooo delicious!! I also added a chocolate cube inside of each one, that created a sweet melted center, and covered them in chocolate powder for a crinkled top… yum!! Thank you so much for another great recipe!
    Although it’s in portuguese, you can check my cookies in my foodblog: http://amor-as-camadas.blogspot.pt/2014/04/crinkles-de-amendoim-e-chocolate.html

    Kisses!
    Raquel

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Yay! Thanks so much for your comment and for trying them out! I just checked out your post and it is lovely! My mom grew up in Brazil and speaks fluent portuguese so I sent her your post! Have a great weekend Raquel!

  9. Whitney M says

    These were so easy (but you did warn us)! My coworkers and boyfriend would have never known they were healthy, but of course I had to tell them. They were all quite surprised. Great recipe :)

  10. Alana says

    I just finished making my 2nd batch in a week because they are just amazing! Pretty much the best breakfast ever!!!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Yay! I totally agree – can’t go wrong with cookies for breakfast haha! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment :) Have a wonderful week!

  11. says

    These look absolutely amazing! I was wondering if I used this exact recipe and instead made a cookie cake, would it turn out just fine?

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