Oatmeal & Amaranth Cookies with Peanut Butter & Berry Jam {Vegan, Oil-Free}

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Happy Thursday friends! We're almost at the end of another month that has gone by in a blink. They all seem to do that anymore, don't they? I'm just always happy when I get to slow down time a little bit by getting in the kitchen and making us some wholesome food to keep us powering through each whirlwind day.

This past weekend we got to see our families to celebrate Father's Day. The boyfriend's wonderful cook of a mother made some delicious little oat cookies that we all enjoyed there, and the two of us gobbled up the remainder of when we got home. Left with an empty bag, I opted to get to baking to make some more to enjoy with my own pantry items. This is one of those recipes you can make a million different ways, but having a million and one is never a bad thing.

Of course I always have oats on hand in my plant-powered kitchen, but I also have been keeping some puffed amaranth handy lately after buying a bag on sale a while back. I thought a bit of that mixed in would add a bit of nutty flavor and texture, though you could easily just stick with all oats if amaranth is not something you have at home. After going blueberry and blackberry picking a week ago, I had made some berry jam that sounded like a perfect accompaniment to the peanut butter in these. The jam was basically just blackberries, blueberries and a few dates cooked down and then blended together. The blackberries have enough natural pectin in them that you don't need to add anything for an excellent homemade jam. Really, in my book there's not a much better combination than peanut butter and jelly. I still have plenty of dates in my freezer and refrigerator for the perfect pop of chewy, natural sweetness to keep these completely refined sugar free! Not all cookies are taboo on a healthy meal plan.

Oat & Amaranth Cookies with Peanut Butter & Berry Jam

Makes 12-15 small cookies

  • 1 peeled, mashed ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup berry jam (preferably homemade and sugar free if possible)
  • 1/3 cup smooth plain peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup puffed amaranth (or more oats)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pitted dates

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with a silicone liner or parchment paper.

In a large bowl mash your banana. Mix in the peanut butter and jam. Gently fold in the remaining ingredients until combined into a sticky batter. Add a few extra spoons of oats if your mixture feels too wet. Let sit for 10 minutes for easier scooping.

Spoon onto the prepared cookie sheet then bake for 15 minutes. Let cool and enjoy! Ours were a little soft, so you could also bake for longer if you prefer a crispier cookie. Either way they should be delicious!

You could easily make these into bars, as well. In fact this recipe probably isn't much different than some bars I've shared before. Just spread the batter into a lined pan and bake for 25-30 minutes before cooling and cutting. It's no wonder oats are such a staple in the kitchen. They make healthy snacks a breeze to make!

What are your favorite add-ins for oat cookies? I always love even more ideas to shake up the classic recipe. Plus we (I) tend to eat these so fast a new batch is not far away... 😉

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They look amazing. We'll have to make the jam specially first LOL... we simply don't eat it. You give me inspiration for the kitchen tomorrow tho!! 😍

Appreciating the never-ending array of tempting and healthy yumminess you put out.

Thanks @artemislives! I'm sure you and your daughter would put a delicious Thai spin on the basic recipe. Perhaps some mango jam? ;)

At last...I have been meaning to get here. Those look delicious. Since the market stopped, my oats have been a little neglected. Except for burgers. You have given me some ideas - thank you. Especially as our market is back. From Saturday! 😊💃💜

Of course I always have oats on hand in my plant-powered kitchen,

You're growing an oat tree in there? ;<)

Same here, I almost always have oatmeal around. Tried to make some cookies with it ( in the last months but they weren't a huge success ( oatmeal, banana, chocolate, can't remember if I used peanut butter too )

Now I've rediscovered your blog again, I am reminded that I still need a new oven here, in Portugal or can I make pan cookies too?

Big hug,


MMMM this sounds and looks yummy! I bet the smell of the jam and peanut butter and dates made it mouth watering too.

Totally! The jam had some cinnamon and cardamom in it, too, so even better when baking. :)

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We just recently got oats back on the shelves here in Suriname, so this has given me some no-bake inspiration.

In your food posts it seems you use all the fruits and vegetables that I miss from the USA. Now you've got me thinking about berries and dates this morning.

Oh nice! Oats were a little tough to come by for a few weeks here, but luckily I usually buy big bags at a time to keep my stock up at home. If all else fails, I can make breakfast, grind it into flour and satisfy my sweet tooth with some cookies or bars. Oh and I saw the first of the okra pop up at the market today! One of my fave organic farmers had a few pints of them, but I figured I'd wait until next week when he's got more. Then it might just be okra curry time. ;)

Dammit, now I'm home, I'm going to have to start cooking again.

And I need an oven!

Heck yeah you do. Time to jump in on #fruitsandveggiesmonday again. ;)

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This looks very nutritious and tasty by it looks, I hope I can bite this computer screen, haha

The screen might not taste quite as good, haha. Wish I could send some all around!

Yummy, yummy, yummy...your oat cookies look amazing!
I would probably eat the whole plate on a evening... real low-carb style, you know :p haha :)
Peanutbutter-jelly remains an "Yummy classic"!
Nice idea with the bars...add some protein powder and
make protein bars ;)

I try to be nice and let my boyfriend have at least a few, otherwise it is easy for me to eat a bunch all at once myself. ;) Much better than doing the same thing with store-bought ones at least, haha! I remember doing protein bars a long time ago. Always another easy addition.

Yeah, you could get selfish with those cookies ;)
Home made is the best!