Full of healthy oats and protein from nut butter, nuts, and seeds like sunflower & flax, you will feel good about eating these oatmeal cookies! Head over to the Simple Cookie Recipes page for more great recipe ideas.
It's been awhile since I shared a cookie recipe around here (you can check out our recipes like Best Chocolate Chip Cookies and Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies, among others, in our recipe index), so even though November is technically our "appetizer month" (according to my admittedly loose monthly recipe guideline) I just have to break in to share this new oatmeal cookie recipe with you, mainly because I love how they turned out!
Using only oats and oat flour, they are naturally gluten free, and with protein from nut butter and walnuts (also a good source of omega-3), plus the omega-3's and antioxidant qualities of flaxseed meal along with vitamin-packed sunflower seeds, these are cookies you can feel good about serving almost any time of the day!
If you're looking for a breakfast-on-the-go, you can switch out the chocolate chips for cranberries or other dried fruit and one or two of these small cookies with a cup of coffee or tea should see you through to lunch a lot better than something you may be tempted to grab through a drive-through.
I happen to love dried fruit in oatmeal cookies, but Brian was apparently traumatized by as a child by being 'fooled' into thinking raisin cookies were chocolate chip cookies, so we usually go with chocolate around our house, ha!
And of course, you can't beat a good oatmeal chocolate chip cookie for a snack or dessert, can you?
Chocolate Chip, Nut & Seed Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten-Free)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup peanut butter or nut butter of your choice
- 2/3 cup brown sugar*
- 3 tablespoons honey*
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ¼ cup oat flour**
- 3/4 cup whole rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or nut of choice
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips***
- Heat oven to 350 degrees and line a couple cookie sheets with silicone or parchment.
- Beat butter, nut butter, sugar and honey until smooth in a large bowl. Add egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
- To the mixture, add the oat flour, oatmeal, soda, baking powder and salt; stir just until all is mixed well before folding in the nuts, sunflower seeds, flax meal and chocolate chips.
- Using about a tablespoon cookie scoop, drop cookies onto prepared sheets, flattening slightly.
- Bake these smaller cookies for 7-8 minutes only, then let cool a bit before transferring to a rack to cool completely.
- Repeat as needed to use up the dough. Store in airtight container for a few days or freeze for longer storage.
What do you think? Am I crazy to suggest 'cookies' for breakfast even though they're a lot healthier than doughnuts?