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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies [1 bowl, vegan + GF]

Cookies on a Monday.

Because it SNOWED all day Sunday.

1-Bowl, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | #glutenfree #vegan

Sorry for shouting and for talking about the weather.

I would much rather talk about cookies.

1-Bowl, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | #glutenfree #vegan

Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are probably one of my biggest weaknesses ever. Right along with real-deal vanilla bean ice cream, high quality dark chocolate, peanut butter cereal, and salty tortilla chips. None of which are safe in my presence.

Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like there can never be too many recipes for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. There are just so many variations [like Kate’s recent batch!] and so many different preferences people have. Maybe you’re all about crispy cookies. Maybe you like them thick and doughy, or tacky and chewy.

1-Bowl, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | #glutenfree #vegan

Me? I don’t discriminate. Okay, maybe crispy cookies aren’t totally my style but maybe I just haven’t met my crispy cookie match yet.

1-Bowl, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | #glutenfree #vegan

I remember not too long ago being completely afraid to make gluten-free cookies, but gosh, they are unbelievably easy. So far I’ve come up with a pretty traditional oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe [filled with pistachios + orange zest] that has a crispy bite with a chewy center. Then there’s the deep-dish chocolate chip oatmeal cookie [vegan/gf] that is absolutely out-of-control. It has a sticky-tacky texture that makes me weak in the knees.

And now we have one more variation to add to the ever-expanding list! I’ve stirred in a whole lot of peanut butter to this recipe and used a combination of oat bran, rolled oats, and oat flour as the base. I decided to try maple syrup for the sweetener and got a little crazy making these babies vegan, too. I’m usually not a fan of flax-eggs with gluten-free baking but it seems to fare really well in cookies.

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Aaaand! And! You’re only going to need 1 bowl to whip these up!

I still can’t believe something that seemed so daunting to me just last year is really this easy.

1-Bowl, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | #glutenfree #vegan

What I love about these cookies is their thickness. They’re thick in height and in texture, thanks to all of the peanut butter. They barely spread on the pan and hold their shape really well. They’re soft + tender through and through with a slightly under-baked, doughy quality in the center.

In the first trial [only needed two!] the cookies were a tad on the dry and bland side, but still fully edible. An extra scoop of peanut butter and a bit more coconut oil was the simple solution in taking these from edible to completely irresistible.

Plus, the flaked sea salt.

1-Bowl, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | #glutenfree #vegan

Print this!

heavily adapted from peanut butter oat bran cookies

1-Bowl Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies gluten-free, vegan // yields appx. 30 cookies

  • 2 tablespoons ground flax meal + 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup natural [drippy] peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 5 tablespoons melted unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup gluten-free oat bran
  • 1 cup gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, use 1/2 teaspoon if you don’t add flaked on top
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, vegan if needed
  • flaked sea salt, to top [optional]

Preheat your oven to 350* F.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flax and water until slightly thickened, about 10 seconds. Let sit for 5 minutes to gel. Add in the peanut butter, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla. Whisk until fully combined.

Add in all of the dry ingredients except the chocolate chips. Stir with a large spoon until you no longer see dry flour. The dough will be sticky and thick. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Scoop about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the dough and form into a ball between your hands [no need to be perfectly smooth]. The dough will be a bit sticky but should be able to form into balls. If too sticky add a bit more oat bran and stir. Place on a baking sheet with about 1 1/2 inches between each cookie [they barely spread]. Repeat until cookie sheets are filled, top with flaked sea salt [optional], and bake for 10-14 minutes. Mine were perfect at 12 minutes.

Let rest on the baking sheet for 15 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to fully cool. Texture will firm as they cool.


notes: If you prefer thinner cookies, form these into a ball and then flatten between your palms to about 1/4-inch thick. Or, lightly press with the back of a fork if you want them in between thin + thick. You should be able to sub butter for coconut oil and honey for maple syrup if desired. I’m not sure of the outcome if you use stabilized peanut butter [the stiff kind that usually contains palm oil]. You may need to add a few tablespoons of milk to help moisten the batter, but I’m can’t guarantee the outcome.

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So, yeah. Cookies on a Monday.


Reader Comments (35)

They look amazing, get in my belly!
May 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLivi
Those almost look more like scones or muffins, but in the best possible way! And I can't believe it SNOWED where you are! Yuck!
May 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTraci
OMG, the snow. It is the worst and I am dying of cold over here. You are though, cookies make everything better!
May 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTieghan
wait am i allowed to tell you i'm jealous that it snowed where you are?
May 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermolly yeh
Ugh, snowed here on Saturday. If it wasn't going to be in the 70s later this week, I'd be going crazy.

I love that these are gluten-free and contain both chocolate and peanut butter :) Thanks for sharing!
These look so good and I love that they use just oats and oat bran instead of other (sometimes hard to find) gluten free flours. I totally agree about not being able to stop eating salty tortilla chips and vanilla bean ice cream. Add granola of all kinds to that list for me!
Oh my Ashley these look incredible! I personally vouch for the chewy, undercooked, doughy cookie variety, so you can imagine my excitement for these cookies :D can´t wait to try them!
May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnoushé
LOVE how thick these are, and that salty top! The best part!
Thick and doughy is totally my choc-chip cookie style! These look fabulous lady. And the perfect remedy to snow. In May, seriously?
May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEmma
This recipe is EXACTLY what I was looking for this morning! Love this!
These cookies look amazing. Chocolate chips are definitely necessary after snow - hope it melts asap!
May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChicago Jogger
I need a dozen!
May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaria
I could eat a plate full of these right now!!
I LOVE the looks of these cookies. They remind me of those dough ball cookies that lots of Foodbuzz bloggers were obsessed with a few years ago -- at least in shape. :)

Oh and I am the same way with peanut butter cereal and salty tortilla chips. Keep them away unless you want the whole box/bag to be gone. PB Puffins?!?!?I just can't stop with those things.
May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany
Ugh it snowed here in the foothills as well (a good 14 inches!). Thank you CO.....we all love snow in the middle of May. But these cookies look awesome!
May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany
I need these!! Seriously, though, this snow. UGH! Old Man Winter needs to go home!
Totally drooling over here! I love the cookies!
That is one beautiful batch of cookies!
May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate @ Diethood
These look so so tasty! I am with you, crispy cookies are not my thing either, but until we find a suitable match, I will be enjoying these!
Delicious!! I added unsweetened coconut (1 C) because I love it:) thanks for the recipe!
May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Ashley, I don't care what day cookies come on, as long as they're as yummy-sounding as these. Oatmeal CC is my complete cookie weakness also, so I'm sure these wouldn't be safe if I got a hold of them. Pinning!! (and possibly dreaming about...)
May 12, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterholly waterfall
Beautiful photos. And the cookies look amazing. I might have to make them this evening!
May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKristie
Oh my - flaked sea salt and chocolate chips! Love this.
May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKrys
You literally named all of my vices! Apparently we are tastebud twins - the only thing missing is mixed nuts. These look wonderful btw!
May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa
Wow, you were right, we must have been on the same cookie wavelength last week! Love your photos and the addition of Maldon salt.
May 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate
I can't believe it snowed. Yikes. I wouldn't be surprised if we got snow this time next year. I really hope we don't, but who the heck knows. Smart move to make a batch of oatmeal cookies. They just look fantastic and probably made you forget about the weather at least for a few minutes.
Wow. These look so perfect. Delicious!
I need a few of these babies right now! Yum! Love that they are Gluten-Free!
@Traci - You're right! They do! But the texture is all cookie. :) And now I want to make PB choco chip scones. Yum!

@Katie - I agree about granola. So easy to devour! Glad you like the simple mix of flours!

@Anoushe - Hope you love them!

@Brittany - I'm glad you can relate about PB cereal + tortilla chips! :)

@Sarah - So happy you made them! Coconut sounds like a spectacular addition. Glad you enjoyed!

@Holly - Thanks for pinning! Hope you make + enjoy!

@Kristie - Thanks so much!

@Vanessa - Hahaha, glad you can relate. Oh and mixed nuts for sure!

@Kate - Yeah! Now let's make a trade. :)

@Brian - These definitely helped me to forget about the weather. And now it's 70's all week!

@Heather - Thanks, Heather! :)
May 19, 2014 | Registered CommenterAshley
Pretty much everything I love all in one yummy yummy bite!
Elizabeth //
May 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
Peanut butter and chocolate is always the best combination. I love it!
May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterATasteOfMadness
Umm. Yum. Seriously yum. I have zero in my kitchen so is swapped some brown sugar for the maple syrup, rice flour for GF flour, and I pulverized a cup of oats in my food processor for the oat bran. Amazeballs. Made a batch of teeny cookies and gots some monsters in the oven now. Thanks for the great recipe.
August 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna
hiya. is there something i could use instead of oat bran?
October 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermarina
These look amazing! But would it be possible to sub spelt flour for oat bran? Thanks!
October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErin
@Erin - Hmmm, it may work, but oat bran absorbs differently than oat flour, so I don't fully recommend it. :)
October 23, 2014 | Registered CommenterAshley

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