Oil-Free Vegan Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

These might be my new favorite cookie.  I know.  I've said that before.  Can anyone have just one favorite cookie?  No.  That's just not fair. We must have an assortment of favorite cookies, right?

I know you are looking for some oil-free recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth.  So, after hearing from many of you for an oil-free cookie recipe, I have developed a few recipes. We'll start with this one: Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies!

These cookies are sweet but also satisfying, with wholesome rolled oats, and a nutty/sweet marriage of peanut butter (and of course nut butters can be substituted) and raisins.  For an oil-free cookie, they also stay nicely crisp on the outside (as many oil-free cookies are more like mini-muffins).  I decided to playfully put a couple of cookies each in a parchment paper cone tied with ribbons.  I thought this would be fun for a birthday party or if you are hosting a playdate.  Gives the kiddos their own "special" serving (and sidesteps communal food sharing, which germophobe parents will appreciate)!

I've made several batches of these (lucky girls and hubby!), and they come out terrific each time.  Sometimes I'll add a sprinkle of chocolate chips - and sometimes I'll scoop half the batch without chips and then add just a few for the remaining half-batch.  That way we can choose the chocolate or not (uh, I know what I'm choosing). ;)  In these photos, the cone of cookies on top has NO chips, the one on bottom has a few chips... can you see?  If you are sticking with the no-oil philosophy, just skip the chips.  You will still love them, trust me!

Maybe you need a closer look at those chips.

Okay, fine I needed to see that close-up!

Oil-Free Oatmeal PB Chocolate Chip Cookies 

1/2 cup oat flour (use certified gluten-free for that option)

1 1/2 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free for that option)

1/2 cup almond meal

3 tbsp coconut sugar (can use date sugar, or sucanat, etc)

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt (*see note)

1/4 tsp (rounded) cinnamon

1/3 cup chunky peanut butter (or almond butter or other nut butter or sunflower butter; see note)

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

2 tbsp plain non-dairy milk

2 tbsp flax meal

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup raisins

2-3 tbsp non-dairy chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.  You can use a bowl and spoon and stir by hand, or use a mixer.  If using a mixer, first combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, milk, flax meal, and vanilla in the mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment.  Mix on low speed for a couple of minutes until creamy (if mixing by hand, simply combine all these ingredients in a bowl and set aside).  Then, combine the oat flour, rolled oats, almond meal, coconut sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon in a bowl and stir through.  Add raisins (and chocolate chips if using) and stir through again.  If using a mixer, add this dry mixture to the wet on a low speed until just nicely incorporated. If mixing by hand, simply add the wet mixture to the dry, working through until well combined.  Take spoonfuls of the mixture (about 1 1/2 tbsp) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment.  Bake for 12 minutes (not longer, they can scorch on bottom).  Remove from oven, transfer to a cooling rack to cool.  Take a nibble... mmmm. Repeat. Try to share. :)

Makes 13-14 nibbly, scrumpdillylicious cookies!

Note:  Some peanut butters and almond butters contain salt - even natural brands.  If you have a brand with salt, then do not add the salt called for in the dry ingredients, omit or your cookies will be just a touch too salty!  You can also try substituting sunflower butter (unsalted) as a nut-free alternative.

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Before I leave, I want to thank those of you that have contributed glowing reviews on amazon.  It really helps.  I'm always excited to see new (happy!) reviews, so if you have been loving LTEV, please consider sharing a few good words about it - or my other books!  Thank you. :)

My next post will be for the Plant-Powered Kids Series.  You can subscribe to my blog here.  ENJOY those COOKIES!

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