Healthy Peach Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
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Yields: 15 breakfast cookies
 
These breakfast cookies are supremely soft and chewy, just like “regular” cookies! They have the sweetness level of muffins (aka about half as sweet as “regular” cookies!), along with plenty of irresistible flavors from the juicy peaches, cozy spices, and sweet almond extract. I actually think they taste SO much better the second day, after they’ve been refrigerated for 24+ hours. The spices and almond extract taste much stronger and a little sweeter, especially when chilled! Leftover cookies will keep for at least 1 week if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They freeze really well too!
  • 1 cup (100g) instant oats (gluten-free if necessary and measured like this)
  • ¾ cup (90g) whole wheat or gluten-free* flour (measured like this)
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp (28g) coconut oil or unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp almond extract (see Notes!)
  • ¼ cup (60mL) pure maple syrup, room temperature
  • 6 tbsp (90mL) unsweetened vanilla almond milk, room temperature
  • ½ cup (100g) diced peaches (see Notes!)
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, stir together the coconut oil or butter, egg, and almond extract. Stir in the maple syrup and milk. Add in the oat mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Gently stir in the peaches. Chill the cookie dough for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325°F, and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  3. Using a spoon and spatula, drop the cookie dough into 15 rounded scoops onto the prepared sheet. Flatten to ½” thick using a spatula, and smooth out the sides, if desired. (These cookies don’t spread at all while baking!) Bake at 325°F for 9-12 minutes. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
Notes: It’s extremely important to measure both the oats and flour correctly using this method or a kitchen scale. (← That’s the one I own and love!) Too much of either will dry out the cookies and leave them cakey or dry instead of moist and chewy.

For the gluten-free flour, I recommend the following: ½ cup (60g) millet flour, 2 tablespoons (15g) tapioca flour, 2 tablespoons (15g) brown rice flour, and ½ teaspoon xanthan gum. Most store-bought gluten-free flour blends (like this one!) will also work, if measured like this.

Instant oats are also known as quick-cooking or minute oats. They come in large canisters, just like old-fashioned oats. They are not the ones in the small flavored packets of oatmeal. In a pinch, you can make your own. Add the same amount of old-fashioned rolled oats to a food processor, and pulse 10-12 times or until the oats are about ¼ to ⅛ of their original size.

Honey or agave may be substituted for the pure maple syrup.

Any milk may be substituted for the unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

For a stronger almond flavor, increase the almond extract by ½ teaspoon (for 1 ½ teaspoons total). If you’re not a fan, then substitute vanilla extract instead.

Both fresh peaches and peaches that have been canned in 100% juice will work. Frozen and thawed peaches should also work. For the best results, dice your peaches so they’re the same size as the miniature chocolate chips. (Yes, it takes extra time to cut them this small, but I promise it’s worth it!)

These cookies do not spread, so make sure to flatten them and use a spatula to make their edges look round before baking!

Do not overbake these cookies! They’re done baking when the centers still feel a little soft and underdone. By leaving them on the warm baking sheet for at least 10 minutes after removing them from the oven, the centers will cook through without drying out your cookies or making them taste cakey instead of moist and chewy.

For answers to all other questions regarding substitutions and tips, see my Oatmeal Cookie FAQ Page.

{gluten-free, dairy-free, clean eating, low fat, lower sugar}
Recipe by Amy's Healthy Baking at https://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2020/05/17/healthy-peach-oatmeal-breakfast-cookies/