This is the best breakfast you will ever eat!
So, maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration, but only a little, teeny tiny bit! See, this is not ordinary oatmeal. I eat lots of oatmeal and try lots of oatmeal recipes. There are lots of flavor variations on oatmeal, but it all tastes like oats + toppings (not that this is a bad thing – I love oatmeal). This oatmeal tastes like a cookie. And, get this, no added sugar (except for what is in the chocolate chips – but there are substitutions, just keep reading)! Did you get that? Sugar free oatmeal that legitimately tastes like a cookie!
Okay, okay, so let me mention a few practical things about this recipe. I found this recipe a few months ago on The Nutritious Kitchen. I made it, with a few convenient substitutions. I also misread the amount of honey – opps! Turns out increasing the honey is totally delicious, and I have to eat a tablespoon of local honey every day for my allergies anyway – why not get it in cookie oatmeal form?!
The base of this recipe is oatmeal and unsweetened applesauce. The cookie flavor comes from honey, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. Almond flour adds to the texture and provides a bit more sweetness. Admittedly, with the honey, peanut butter, and almond flour this recipe is a bit high calorie, even though it’s all clean ingredients. If you’re like my spouse and can eat whatever the heck you want and never gain a pound then go for the larger batch. If you’re like me, and need to be diligent about what you eat to maintain a healthy weight then make the smaller batch. Since this oatmeal is full of whole grains and protein you’ll be full until lunch even with the small batch.
Of course, there are lots of ingredient substitutions you can make. I’ve used all purpose flour instead of almond flour a few times – I prefer the almond flour, but a GF all purpose flour will lower the calories and price point for this breakfast. The peanut butter can be generic brand, all natural, or even any other nut butter. I use regular chocolate chips, but the Enjoy life chocolate chips will cut out all refined sugar from the recipe. Cacao nibs are totally sugar free options. Honestly, this would still be good without chocolate chips! Choose the modifications that suit your diet and health and then go make this oatmeal!
Baked Cookie OatmealIngredients for larger batch (about 550 calories)
- 1/2 c Gluten Free oatmeal (be sure to make sure you choose a brand that is certified GF)
- 6 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- 2 Tbs peanut butter
- 2 Tbs local honey
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 Tbs almond flour or almond meal
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 19 chocolate chips (yes, 19. That seems to be the perfect ration)
- 1/3 c Gluten Free Oatmeal (be sure to make sure you choose a brand that is certified GF)
- 5 Tbs unsweetened applesauce
- 1 Tbs peanut butter
- 1 Tbs local honey
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 Tbs almond flour or almond meal
- 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 10 chocolate chips
- In a small ramekin, mix the unsweetened applesauce, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract (I often mix this the night before, refrigerate, and have less to do in the morning).
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Stir in the oats, baking powder, and almond meal/flour. Once all mixed, stir in the chocolate chips.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Eat and Enjoy 🙂