Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drops

Gluten-free No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drops | The Baking Beauties
I love peanut butter.
I love cookies.
And I love quick, simple recipes.

This recipe for gluten-free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drops, is all 3 things, rolled up into one tasty little no-bake cookie. I’ve made a No-Bake Cookie in the past that were chocolate, but when I saw this one, it caught my eye. It had peanut butter, but no chocolate in it. I think it would be great with some chopped salted peanuts added to it as well (next time). These cookies, although they contain peanut butter, actually have a caramel flavour to them, at least that’s what we all tasted. Give them a try, and let me know your thoughts.

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drops
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3-4 dozen cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups Gluten-Free certified quick cook oats
  1. Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper, set aside.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, milk, and salt. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a full rolling boil. Without stirring, let mixture boil for 3 minutes. Immediately remove from heat.
  3. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla, stirring until peanut butter has melted.
  4. Quickly stir in oats, mix well.
  5. Working quickly, drop mixture by tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Allow to cool and become firm, about 30 minutes.



37 Responses to Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drops

  1. Kim-Cook it Allergy Free March 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    Wow! This recipe looks wonderful! How totally simple! I love the ingredients and can only imagine how good these will be! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Amy March 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Is there an ingredient that I could substitute for the oats? I have a celiac reaction even to the certified GF oats.

  3. Jeanine March 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    @Kim-Cook it Allergy Free, Thanks, Kim! Simple & kid friendly. Win, Win. :)

  4. Jeanine March 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    @Amy, Amy, I haven't tried it, but you could try substituting with quinoa flakes, or GF crispy rice cereal (or a 50/50 mix quinoa/rice cereal?), Or even add flaked coconut to the mixture, until you have the same amount as the oats you're replacing. Let me know if you try any of these, I'd like to hear how they worked. :)

  5. laurie March 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    Yummy…like Amy I react to oats. I think flaked coconut, dried cranberries, gf cornflakes, and even chopped nuts would be amazing. I'm getting the saucepan out to tonight!

  6. Jeanine March 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    @laurie, That sounds like a fantastic combination, Laurie! Let me know how they work for you.

  7. laurie March 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    Just made them. Substituted gf rice and corn cereal, chopped pecans, and dried cranberries instead of oats. So addictive and yummy. Delicious with a cup of tea. Thank you!

  8. Katie C. March 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    Oh, these look amazing, and I bet I could use Sunbutter in place of the Peanut butter to make them even friendlier. :) Thanks, as always, Jeanine! :)

  9. Rhonda March 10, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Perfect! I am not feeling like making a trip into town and just happen to have everything on hand to make these ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Jeanine March 10, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    @laurie, Yeah, Laurie! Thanks for letting me know how the substitutions worked for you, that's awesome! Glad you're enjoying them.

  11. Jeanine March 10, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    @Katie C., You're welcome, Katie. I haven't tried them with sunbutter, but it should work. If you try it, please let me know. :)

    • Tasha March 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

      I have made these several times and they are so addicting! I replaced it with Sunbutter ~ a hit with everyone … even my hubby!

  12. Jeanine March 10, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    @Rhonda, And that's exactly why this recipe appealed to me, Rhonda. Simple enough, and made with pantry staples. Enjoy them!

  13. Gina, Gluten Free March 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    YUM! Those would be incredible drizzled in chocolate!! (chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven!)

  14. mamajuliana March 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    I made these this evening for 'dessert.' My husband and children approved. I could tell because they are almost gone!

  15. betty r March 10, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    These look mighty good Jeanine, what a great snack! My son loves peanut butter, and he would love me even more if I made these drops:)

  16. The Addicted Baker March 11, 2011 at 2:04 am #

    If you love simple peanut butter cookies try these:
    The peanut butter and chocolate chips going amazing together. It takes no more than 15 minutes to make, and 10 minutes to bake. In less than a half hour you will have delicious amazing cookies. Tell me how you like them

  17. Blue Lou March 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    LOVE your recipes!!!! Youve made the switch to GF easier for me!

    Here is a blog award!

  18. As Good As Gluten March 11, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    I love the variety and simplicity of your recipes, so I nominated you for a blog award – Versatile Blogger Award!

  19. Cindy March 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Just made these peanut butter drop cookies (using regular quick oats). DELISH!!!

  20. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties March 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    @Gina, Gluten Free, drizzled in chocolate would be PERFECT! :)

  21. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties March 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    @mamajuliana, Perfect! An empty plate is a good indicator. :)

  22. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties March 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    @betty r, Aw, Betty, I'm sure he couldn't love you more, but would probably really appreciate them.

  23. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties March 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    @The Addicted Baker, Your cookies look amazing as well! Peanut butter & chocolate do go great together.

  24. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties March 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    @Blue Lou, Thank you so much for the award, I appreciate it. So glad that the change has been easier for you too, besides reading every label of everything you're going to consume, it's not so bad. :)

  25. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties March 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    @As Good As Gluten, Well, thank you very much! I appreciate it, and am honoured. :)

  26. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties March 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    @Cindy, Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed the, Cindy!

  27. Elizabeth, blogging for SunButter March 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    Katie and Jeanine too of course,
    I'm eager to hear how the SunButter variation turns out! Thanks for another yummy recipe.

  28. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties March 17, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    @Elizabeth, blogging for SunButter, I'm hoping someone tries it. Otherwise, I may have to find some and give it a try, my daughter would love to be able to take these to school. With peanut butter she can't, but sunbutter isn't a problem.

    • Tasha March 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

      @ Jeanine … I tried it with Sunbutter! It’s delicious!!! Not sure how it tastes with pb so can’t compare.

  29. Michelle March 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    Mmmm, these are yummy. And, these are perfect for my mom, she can't have a lot of chocolate and she's going to really like the caramel/peanut flavor, too. Gotta go make another batch for tonight. Thanks again!

  30. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties March 24, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    @Michelle, Sounds great, Michelle. It's nice to have a great cookie without chocolate, I hope your Mom enjoyed them.

  31. Jen March 3, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Admittedly, I am not much of a baker, much less a GF baker. Not sure what went wrong here…I have worked with GF batters/mixes before so I am aware of the “gentle” or “quick” handling they usually require…but I guess I couldn’t go fast enough? I was able to “drop” one cookie, but after that, the mixture fell apart in the saucepan and I was left with very delicious “granola.” Too bad…I was really hoping these could be something we keep around the house for an emergency “sweet treat.”

  32. Rebecca B. August 30, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    Oh my goodness, those look good! Just what I’m in the mood to make tomorrow! Thank you. I can always count on your recipes.

    • Jeanine August 30, 2012 at 7:03 am #

      Thanks, Rebecca! Hope you enjoy them! They are almost too easy to make. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  33. Beverly Fullerton December 2, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    i copied off your christmas cookie book,love the peppermint white chocolate
    cookies,the chocolate chip were pretty good too, but best of all i went and
    found your receipe for sandwich bread, it is the first bread that has come out
    like you said it would i did mess up with first loaf as it had no flavor, well if you
    leave out the salt it will do that, second loaf is great raises without falling is moist
    and has a great flavor,you must be one smart COOKIE ha thanks


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