Every week we highlight a Brandless community member in our Community Recipes series — this week we’re excited to share that we’re highlighting Kelsey Olsen of @kao_inspo in Minneapolis again. You remember her 2-ingredient fruit leathers, right?! So good. We’re excited to share this recipe for peanut butter chia cookies because it includes one of our new and favorite items: chia seeds! Below is an excerpt from Kelsey’s original blog post.
There is something so great about experimenting in the kitchen and having your final product work out — and better yet, taste great. I originally thought I was going to bake granola bars when creating this recipe, but decided to make “cookies” instead.
Most of the ingredients used in this recipe came in the mail yesterday from one of my favorite places to shop online — Brandless. They are an online retailer that sells all of their products for $3. All of their products are non-GMO and over half of their food products are organic! They also give back to help fight hunger, how awesome is that?
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a blender or food processor combine 2/3 cup quick rolled oats and 2/3 cup of almonds and blend until finely ground.
- Combine oats, ground oats, ground almonds, sugar, salt, and chia.
- Set aside dry ingredients.
- Combine melted butter, honey, and peanut butter.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Coat parchment paper with a nonstick baking spray.
- Form granola mixture into cookie shapes and place each cookie on the parchment paper… I usually fit 12 on the baking sheet (I recommend rinsing your hands with water in order to prevent the mixture from sticking to you hands).
- Bake cookies for 17-20 min at 350 degrees in oven.
- Remove from oven and let cool before eating.
- Store at room temperature in sealed container for 1 week, or store in freezer until needed.
Like I said, I am pretty pleased with how these turned out. Because I absolutely love chocolate, next time I might add some mini dark chocolate chips (maybe 1/2 cup). I also want to experiment with cutting down the sugar to 1/4 cup.
These cookies are a great base recipe and leave lots of options to add in your ingredients of your choice. You could try adding the chocolate that I mentioned above, or 1/2 cup of dried fruit or chopped nuts (i.e., almonds, cashews, walnuts). If you are looking for a gluten-free option make sure to use gluten-free oats.
These so-called cookies are a great breakfast option to eat on-the-go in the morning.