I’m on a quest to make our favorite sweets into more nutritious / healthy treats. After a few attempts at this cookie, I have finally developed a gluten-free, dairy-free version of this fave. Keep in mind that if you are a celiac, you will want to make sure to use designated GF oat flour and GF quick cooking oats in this recipe. Since we are not celiacs, I simply took the oats I had on hand and used them.
Those of you who have gone gluten-free know that GF cookies and sweets will never be exactly like the wheat flour versions. But this one comes pretty close. My boys devoured them so they are definitely kid-tested and approved.
If you want to try this recipe but aren’t ready to commit to buying oat flour, here is a neat trick. Take 1 and 1/2 cups of the oats you have on hand and put them in your food processor. Process them for about 2 minutes and they will turn into a powder. Then measure out the correct amount of this “oat powder” (in this case 1 and 1/4 cups) and add it to the recipe. Viola`! Home-made oat flour!
As always, I’d love to hear about your experience with this recipe. Please leave a comment and let me know if you’ve tried it.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 Tbsp flaxseed meal
¼ cup + 2 Tbsp of water
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups oat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup chopped walnuts, optional
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed meal and water. Stir and let it set for 10-15 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce and sugar. Stir in the vanilla and flax mixture. Then add baking soda and salt and stir to combine. Add the oat flour and combine well. Mix in the quick oats, chocolate chips and walnuts (if using). Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets. For best results, use a cookie scoop. Use the back of a spoon to flatten the dough so it resembles more of a round flat cookie.
Bake for 12-15 minutes in the pre-heated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 30 cookies.