Oh my GOD were these good. I scarfed down more of them than I honestly care to admit, although I did give a significant portion of them away, too. So at least there's that.
Trader Joe's makes gluten-free oats now - did you know that? I just discovered them recently - and not only are they certified gluten-free, they are also a lot cheaper than their competition - by several dollars. AND they come with a recipe for oatmeal cookies on the back. What more could you want from a bag of oats, celiac friends?
I modified the recipe quite a bit, of course. I added a few different ingredients, reduced the fat, etc. (all my usual courses of action). And they turned out to be fabulous - they were chewy, moist, and full of flavor. Everyone who tried these loved them, and I suspect you will, too.
Flourless Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen medium cookies
1.5 tbsp. Earth Balance Buttery Spread
1/4 cup fig butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sunflower butter or peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
2 cups gluten-free oats
5 tbsp. unsalted roasted sunflower seeds
3/4 - 1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Whip together the Earth Balance, fig butter, and white and brown sugar until well-mixed. Add the egg and mix together well. Add in the sunflower butter or peanut butter (depending on your own taste/tolerance) and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine the oats, baking powder, and salt. Stir them into the wet ingredients and mix well. Add the sunflower seeds and chocolate chips and stir in to combine.
Scoop the cookies out by the teaspoonful or tablespoonful onto the cookie sheets and space 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes (JUST until they start to brown on the edges), then remove from the oven. They probably won't look completely done - that's ok. Let them sit on the hot cookie sheet for another 3 - 5 minutes or until you can scrape them off onto a wire rack without their falling apart. Cool completely, then store in an airtight container until ready to serve.