Saturday, February 19, 2011

Gluten and Dairy-Free No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

A few days ago, Josh and I got to craving some no bake cookies.  Or as he calls them, chocolate oatmeal cookies.  It's a long-standing point of contention between me and his family, but I figure that if this is the worst thing I argue with my in-laws about, then we're doing all right.

So I started looking online for a good recipe and found an amazing one on Becky Bakes.  I'd never been to her website before, but now I am hooked.  Her son also has food allergies, so, like me, she has to be careful when she cooks.

I did change up the recipe just a bit.  I didn't have any cocoa powder, so I substituted baking chocolate according to the directions I found here.  In case that ever gets deleted, the substitution I used was as follows:

"1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder is equal to 3 ounces or 1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips.  You can substitute it in recipes by decreasing the shortening by 1 tablespoon and decreasing the sugar by 1/4 cup."

Those directions were helpful because Becky's recipe calls for 4 tablespoons of cocoa, which is 1/4 cup. I didn't have semi sweet chocolate chips (c'mon, this is Moldova), but I did have some dairy-free baking chocolate.  I also used rice milk for the milk and ghee (of course) for the butter or margarine.

OH MY GOODNESS I cannot tell you how creamy and delicious that made these!  I'm sure they are awesome just with cocoa powder, that's how we've both loved them all our lives, but if you're looking to make some that are just a little extra decadent, then definitely try the chocolate substitution.

Let me just warn you, though... if you make a whole batch just for you and your husband (Jude won't eat anything that looks weird), your pants might get tight after a day or two... don't ask me how I know.

Okay, enough talking already, are you ready for the recipe?  Here it is:

GFCF No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

I wanted to go ahead and write out my adapted recipe for these cookies, just in case somebody wants it the easy-peasy way. You'll notice that I also use less sugar than her recipe calls for. We found 2 cups of sugar to just be way too much.

My Messy No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 cup butter or ghee, minus 1 tablespoon (because you're using chocolate instead of cocoa powder)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk (vanilla almond milk is super yummy in this)
1/2 cup (or 3 ounces) baking chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups quick oats
2 teaspoons vanilla

Put first four ingredients in medium-sized saucepan.
Bring to a boil and let boil 2 minutes. (Note: The less time you boil this, the gooey-er your cookies will be, and the longer you boil it, the dryer they will be. Adjust your boiling time to your preference. 2 minutes makes pretty gooey cookies when you're using chocolate.)
Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients.
Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper and let cool (or eat a few with spoons if you're like us and can never wait for them to cool).

1 comment:


    If you like coconut, my recipe is a must-try. It is soooo good. We have a household of allergies too so it is gluten and dairy free too.