Maple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies – Gluten Free

by Marla on April 21, 2010 · 45 comments

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Here is my recipe as promised from the Share Our Strength Bake Sale this past weekend.  As you guys know I love my sweet treats.  I believe in a life filled with color and the occasional indulgence.  Originally I told Gaby I was gonna bring “crumbly” peanut butter cookies.  I was gonna go with a traditional PB cookie recipe that would have had butter and flour.  Then I thought I wanted to change it up a bit for the sake of variety and novelty. I went without the butter and gluten free.

peanut butter cookies on baking sheet, family fresh cooking packaging

When concepting what I wanted to bake for the sale a few factors came into play: Great taste, quick to prepare and healthier whole food ingredients than the average cookie. This recipe would be really fun to make with little kids as there are few ingredients, very little measuring and the are easy to drop onto a baking sheet. An added bonus is that they bake quickly, so you can avoid too many “Are they ready yet(s)?” !!

To be assured these flourless cookies are gluten-free, you will need to source oats that are certified GF.

Gluten free, flourless maple sweetened peanut butter cookie

Maple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies-Gluten Free

Makes about 18 three inch cookies

  • These cookies will be good stored at room temperature for a day or two. After that I seal them in an airtight container and store them in  put in the fridge. You can freeze some too.


  • 16 oz crunchy natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups grade B Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup Rolled Oats
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • pinch of Cinnamon


  • handful Cacao Nibs
  • Raisins
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Coconut Flake


Preheat oven to 350 ˚F with the rack in the middle. Line baking sheet(s) with silpat or cooking spray. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and any optional add in’s too. Drop generous spoonfuls of cookie dough onto baking sheet. Leave about an inch of room between cookies. Bake for about 18 minutes or until cookies are golden brown and easy to remove from pan. Let cookies cool for a few minutes on baking sheets and then gently transfer to cooling rack.

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Don’t have peanut butter on hand or is someone you know is allergic to peanuts?  Go ahead and use any nut butter: cashew, almond even macadamia nut butters would all be yummy too.  Gotta go entirely nut free?  Try Sunflower seed butter.

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

1 LilSis April 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I love any cookies that have peanut butter in them! And, the addition of the maple syrup looks yummy!


2 Faith April 21, 2010 at 4:46 pm

I love chewy oatmeal cookies, so these are calling my name, Marla! The peanut butter and maple sounds like a match made in heaven!


3 Jessica @ How Sweet April 21, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Peanut butter cookies are my favorite! I am sure they are incredible with the maple, too!


4 Jessica @ Healthy Exposures April 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Can these look & sound any more delicious?! I think not. I’m all about anything maple – throw in peanut butter and oats and you’ve really got me sold.
They look beautiful, as does everything that comes out of your kitchen :)


5 FoodFitnessFreshair April 21, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Maple syrup and peanut butter…sign me up. Two of my favorite ingredients. These cookies sound like a good dessert breakfast to me, or maybe even a good topping for oatmeal.


6 marla April 21, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Ahhhh, good topping for oatmeal. Like that! Just genius.


7 roxan April 21, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Love oatmeal cookies. Think they would turn out good with almond butter?


8 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 21, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Omg those look sooo good! I bet i could skip the eggs and use a flax egg or a banana even. YUM!
As for nursing…yes i am a marathon nurser, she recently just self weaned, age 3.

glad you can see new muscles…I can too and it’s so freakin cool! I love lifitng..seriously just so awesome.
And we are probably looking at a July 1 or sooner. Very unsure tho but will keep u posted…for sure!


9 marla April 22, 2010 at 4:59 am

Averie, I can’t believe July 1st! Wow, that time will fly by. I will say a little prayer…..a BIG one!
Never heard of a flax egg, I need to look that up. Neat idea. xxoo


10 Cherine April 21, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Those cookies look sooo good, chewy and flavorful!!!


11 Rosa April 22, 2010 at 1:21 am

Those cookies look awesome and divinely chewy!




12 grace April 22, 2010 at 9:16 am

i’m just all about maple right now–syrup, flavoring, what-have-you. i think a little shredded sweetened coconut in these would be DYNAMITE. :)


13 A Canadian Foodie April 22, 2010 at 9:16 am

I am really surprised by how “cookie-like” they look when you bite into them. The sheen on the outside had me believing they would be more candy, or fudge-like in texture; the ingredient list confirmed that thought – yet, they look like a cookie when you bite into them. Amazing!
Great photos, and I LOVE your cards… and the cute fit and healthy photo of you on them. If only…
Thanks for sharing this recipe.


14 marla April 22, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Valerie, I love how you analyzed the texture from the photos of these PB cookies. Yup chewy on the inside with a slight crispy crunch on the outside. A bit of everything really.


15 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather April 22, 2010 at 10:22 am

I have all the ingredients on hand and Jacob was just craving cookies last night, I’ll have to surprise him with these tonight. I can’t wait to try them out! Thanks for sharing Marla, you are so creative.


16 theUngourmet April 22, 2010 at 12:08 pm

These are wonderful! I love the maple syrup in them. My kids would gobble these right up! :)


17 sweetlife April 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm

what yummy and yes kid friendly cookies…I would love to add nibs to mine..great recipes as always…congrats on your upcoming project.!!!



18 Liz - Meal Makeover Mom April 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Those cookies look amazing. I’m a huge PB and chocolate chip fan so I’d definitely add some to the cookies. Yum!


19 sophia April 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I’m usually not a huge fan when it comes to PB in cookies….but this sounds really wonderful with the maple! I’m really intrigued by the texture, too!


20 Victoria April 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Love these! Another one for me to try!


21 Melanie April 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Hi Marla,

Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful recipes. Ava, Emma and I will be baking tonight!!! =) xo, Melanie


22 Cara April 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I really love the use of simple, whole ingredients. If we eat the cookies, do we get to look like you too? :)


23 Melanie April 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm

O.k. So we just made our first batch of these fabulous Maple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies and we LOVE them! I added an additional cup of oats to ours and they were fantastic! My girls and I had fun baking and eating these yummy treats! Thank you again Marla!!!


24 tasteofbeirut April 22, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Hi Marla
Your recipe and the photos are great! I know of only one other cookie recipe without flour and this one sounds fabulous! a bookmark!


25 shelly (cookies and cups) April 23, 2010 at 4:32 am

These look great! So nice when a gluten free alternative is not complicated or have any unusual ingredients!


26 caronae April 23, 2010 at 5:45 pm

I’m in love! Three of my favorite flavors. Now I just need to make them and add in some chocolate, mmmm :)


27 Mo April 24, 2010 at 5:07 am

Oh, Marla, these look fabulous!


28 Joanne April 24, 2010 at 8:59 am

I love how you show that there is room for treats even in a healthy lifetsyle! These cookies look delicious. That maple PB combo sounds amazing!


29 spice sherpa April 24, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Because you lived in New York. Because you have an uber-cool blog. Because you’re an adrenaline junkie. And because you ski (and used to surf)–I’m sending you the blogging community’s Sunshine Award! It’s not pink but I think you’ll like it. Here are the details:


30 marla April 24, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Awww, Thanks so much for the lovely sunshine award…this will be a tough one to pass along ’cause I have so much love in my heart for all you guys. Makes me smile big to feel so appreciated!


31 lynn @ the actors diet April 25, 2010 at 9:09 pm

man those look good. wish i could’ve come to the bake sale!


32 Gaby April 26, 2010 at 7:24 am

omg these were to die for!!! I brought 1 home for the boyfriend and he didn’t even leave me enough for a full bite!! He devoured them all!! xoxo


33 Nicole, RD April 26, 2010 at 9:49 am

Wow! Those look amazing!! All for the gluten-free baked goods!

What is the difference between different grades of maple syrup? I’ve never seen that before.


34 marla April 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Nicole, Grade B maple syrup is darker in color and richer in maple flavor than grade A. I think it is also a bit thicker as well. Grade A tastes sweeter and less complex. I always opt for grade B, more bang for the buck! xo


35 hannah @ thepastrykook April 27, 2010 at 4:57 am

thanks for coming by my blog! and hey, your cookies look top notch!


36 Alisa April 28, 2010 at 8:29 am

My son is gonna love this! Thank you for this recipe :)


37 Fran April 28, 2010 at 9:21 am

Made these with almond butter and agave. Glad that I only made a half-recipe :)


38 Lisa @bakebikeblog May 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I think these will be making an appearance in our household VERY soon! Thankyou for sharing :)


39 Ivy February 1, 2011 at 6:33 am

Exactly the recipe I was looking for! This is one of my all-time favorite flavor combinations, and I’m so excited to see there aren’t any processed ingredients involved. I tell everyone I know about the virtues of using maple syrup as a sweetener and how the body can process this kind of sugar properly as opposed to refined sweeteners. can’t wait to check out the rest of your site!


40 Dawn October 21, 2012 at 5:44 am

Hi Marla-I am thinking of making these and was wondering what you thought of using coconut/p.butter spread in place of just peanut butter, do you think they would taste good with the maple or should I just stick to the recipe and try the c/p.b. with a chocolate recipe?
Thanks :)


41 Marla October 21, 2012 at 5:55 am

Dawn, I LOVE everything coconut so I would have a tough time discouraging you from using it. Why not give it a whirl and see how it comes out. Since I have never tried that, I can’t guarantee results. Come back over and let us know how the cookies turned out. Good luck!


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