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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 can be ready in 20 minutes flat!

Healthy Oatmeal 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 can be ready in 20 minutes flat!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 15 cookies
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter*
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons light brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 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, 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. to make these even healthier and more breakfast worthy.
  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 balls onto a cookie sheet and bake for 7-9 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.

Recipe 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.
For a gluten-free version, make sure oats are certified gluten free.