Dairy Free No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies – Guest Post

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 23, 2011

Melissa is sharing her dairy free no bake cookie recipe with us as part of the Food Allergies on a Budget Series…

My grandma was an excellent cook, and she loved to spoil her kids and grandkids with food.  She was well-known for her chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies.  After I grew up, whenever I ate one of those cookies, I felt close to my grandma.

Last year, however, I found out I had a dairy intolerance, so I figured my days of eating no bake cookies were gone.  Then, two months ago, we discovered my two year old also has a dairy intolerance.  Because my daughter wants to have what all the other kids are having, it became important to learn how to adapt recipes so that she could eat them also.  I started experimenting in the kitchen and came up with this dairy free, chocolate free version of my grandma’s cookies.

Even if you don’t have a dairy intolerance or allergy, these are tasty cookies.

Dairy Free No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

¼ cup dairy free butter (I used Best Life buttery spread)
1/2 cup sugar
¼ cup almond milk
¼ cup peanut butter
1 cup oatmeal

Put butter & sugar in a pan and cook over medium.

When the butter is melted, add the almond milk.  Stir frequently.

When the mixture comes to a rolling boil, boil for one to two minutes.

Turn off the heat and gently stir in the peanut butter.

When the peanut butter is mixed in fully, add the oatmeal and stir until combined.

Drop by spoonful on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.

Makes about 12-14 cookies.

Melissa blogs about living a fulfilling life on less, dairy free living and freezer cooking at Mom’s Plans.  She is a stay at home mom to three little ones, 6, 2 and 9 months.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Alea February 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm

No-Bake Cookies are my guilty pleasure. Great job making them dairy free, so more people can enjoy them!

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Kati February 23, 2011 at 6:13 pm

We are dairy and peanut free here, think these would work with sunbutter? I have tons of it due to a great deal on a case from amazon recently!

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Melissa February 24, 2011 at 10:09 am

I think it would depend on the oil content. I made this recipe with Skippy peanut butter. I tried to make them with natural peanut butter, and they were a bit sticky, probably because there is more oil in the natural version. If the sunbutter seems to have a higher natural oil content, you may want to use less dairy free butter to compensate.

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Karen Han February 23, 2011 at 6:20 pm

could this be made with the regular ingredients? i would use the almond milk

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Debbi Does Dinner Healthy February 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Yum! i love how easy they are! If we are not a dairy free family, I presume that regular milk and butter would be fine? Thanks!

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Melissa February 24, 2011 at 10:09 am

Yes, I think they would turn out just fine like that. :)

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MKS February 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I have made the regular cookies with both soy butter and almond butter & they are great. I’ve never heard of sunbutter, but if it is like peanut butter, but doesn’t cause you allergies, I’d say give it a try. (I’m thinking maybe it is made with sunflower seed?)

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Amanda L Grossman February 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Oh yeah–I definitely want to try this out. Thanks for posting!

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Dielle March 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I make no-bakes with applesauce instead of butter all the time. You don’t taste the apple at all. Since the Best Life can be a little spendy, that might help out a bit, and lower the overall fat a little. I found your recipe looking for a dairy free version for a friend, because other than the applesauce for butter, I make them the regular way with milk, which she can’t have.

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Francine Harris March 11, 2011 at 8:54 am

Actually, I would love to get the “original” chocolate peanut butter no bake cookie recipe. Would you be willing to share that? :o)

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