Every week I get together with friends and their kids. Often, it’s a crazy free-for-all considering that the kids are between the ages of a newborn to 7-years-old. It’s crazy, but it’s fun and there’s always really good food (and wine).
I almost always bring something desserty like cake or pie, but last week I wanted to make something semi-healthy. My kids get so excited to see their friends that it’s a struggle to get them to stop running around and eat. I decided to make these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Monster Cookies from The Kitchn. So I figured, if the kids ate very little (it’s usually fruit and a chicken nugget) at least I would know when they ate the cookie that they would get some protein and fiber. Not that they don’t have a lot of sugar, but at least there’s a balance. And of course, they’re amazing cookies and one of my favorites.
The recipe doesn’t call for gluten or any flour, but it does have oats. My Celiac husband has no reaction to oats so I used the brand of old fashioned oats I always buy. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Quick Cooking Oats also works great with this recipe. The recipe called for chocolate candy pieces, but I used 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and a 1/2 cup dark sweet cherries. I also added a 1/2 teaspoon salt.