I’ve also been limiting sugar. Given my weakness for all things sweet this has been the biggest challenge so far! That said, I do notice a difference in how I feel sans sugar. I had been noticing lately how lousy I feel when I eat too much sugar…jittery, anxious…and in general just yucky – for lack of a better word. That said, I did make just one treat this week. A cookie. I actually did fine eating these. No sugar high…or worse…low. Maybe because I’ve been trying out raw sugar rather than my usual processed granulated sugar? Maybe because there was protein involved too? Listen to the justifications people! I did sample several if these. You know, for you. And…..
I am in LOVE! These cookies are so good. Here is what this cookie doesn’t have: gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. Here is what is does have: peanut butter (I love you peanut butter), raw sugar, rolled oats, and chocolate chips. This is the easiest, most delicious gluten-free baking that I have done. I dare you to try this cookie on your friends. I’m telling you, they will not miss a thing!
|Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies|
- 1/2 cup non-dairy butter* (Earth Balance sticks are great!)
- 1 cup raw sugar
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour blend*
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (make sure to use gf if need be)
- 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips**
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream together the butter and raw sugar until well blended.
- Beat in the peanut butter, vanilla and egg.
- Combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir until combined.
- Mix in the oats and chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
- Drop by tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheets. A cookie scoop works great for this!
- Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until set. Cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
*You should be able to replace the Earth Balance with dairy butter or the GF flour blend with wheat flour. These are quite adaptable! Use whatever works for you.
**Enjoy Life makes dairy-free chocolate chips that are good. If you are near a Trader Joe’s, however, they have great chocolate chips that are naturally dairy-free and more reasonably prices than the Enjoy Life brand.
adapted from Pinch of Yum