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Elegant Cakes – No-bake Oatmeal Cookies
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No-bake Oatmeal Cookies

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These easy no-bake oatmeal cookies are naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and 100% whole grain. Can be made as oatmeal raisin cookies or with chocolate chips. Thank you to Bob’s Red Mill for sponsoring today’s post! Check out more delicious healthy recipes, snag coupons and find stores near you at BobsRedMill.com.

This recipe is adapted from my no-bake peanut butter cookies. Those cookies are a favorite of mine but I think these oatmeal cookies are even better! But I know it’s a personal preference. I just love oatmeal cookies so much.

I first posted these whole wheat oatmeal cookies, then came up with a gluten-free oatmeal cookie recipe based on the whole wheat one, and finally – my paleo “oatmeal” cookies (with a vegan option)! They’ve all gotten rave reviews so if you prefer baked cookies over no-bake cookies, go check them out.

Summer isn’t the easiest time of the year to keep your nutrition game strong. People are busy, it’s hot and I don’t know about you… but I really don’t feel like standing in front of a hot oven. I’ve actually been ovenless for the last month and these cookies have been such a great treat to have on-hand!

These no-bake oatmeal cookies are loaded with oats and almond butter, which add a nice nutritional boost. Compared to regular cookies, I think these are relatively healthy. And they’re great to pack in your bag for those busy summer days!

I use raisins, cinnamon and sometimes a little nutmeg in them for a no-bake oatmeal raisin cookie version, but if that’s not your thing, chocolate chips work, too! If you want to use those, let the mixture cool almost to room temperature so that the heat doesn’t melt all the chocolate chips. You could also scoop into cookies and then sprinkle the chocolate chips on top once the cookies have mostly cooled.

These cookies are maple sweetened but I’m sure some of you are wondering if you can use honey. Unfortunately, it’s a most definite no. I even put a warning in the video saying not to use it. :) First of all, it takes a lot longer to boil and the result is some not very tasty cookies with a totally different texture.

Even after boiling for 10 (instead of 2 minutes), I didn’t get the slightly caramel-like mixture that you see in the picture. And then the cookies tasted overwhelmingly of honey! We didn’t enjoy those at all.

I get so many comments on my Pinterest pins that say, “Oats aren’t gluten-free!!!” But they are. They’re naturally gluten-free but the problem is that they can get contaminated in the field or during production.

So if you’re making these cookies for someone who needs to eat gluten-free, make sure to buy certified gluten-free oats! I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Organic Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats.

They’re handled in their dedicated gluten-free facility and like Bob’s Red Mill’s other certified gluten-free products, are tested in a lab to verify the gluten-free integrity of the oats. They also meet the strict requirements of the USDA’s Organic Program!

If you only have quick oats, they work here, but the result is pretty different. They had more of a protein ball or no-bake soft granola bar texture. I actually made a batch with quick oats to take pictures to show you how different they look… but I ate them all before it was light enough to take pictures. Whoops. They were still delicious! Just different.

Do note, though, that a small percentage of people who can’t eat gluten also can’t eat non-contaminated oats due to a protein in oats called avenin, which is similar to gluten. If making something with oats for a gluten-free friend, it’s probably a good idea to ask if they’re okay with oats (and actually, I’d probably run the entire ingredient list by them! Gluten is lurking in all kinds of things you wouldn’t suspect).

Just in case you’ve been wondering why things have been so slow around here for the past several months – it’s because I’m pregnant! I’m 27 weeks now. :) And we moved to Munich. So things have been BUSY. More on that in my next post (whenever that may be ;))

Thanks again to Bob’s Red Mill for sponsoring today’s recipe! Be sure to check out their recipe section for more goodies made with their gluten-free oats, like this gluten-free cherry crumb pie. It sounds SO good!

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No-bake Oatmeal Cookies (gluten-free, vegan, whole wheat, dairy-free)

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