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Oatmeal Almond Butter Cookies

Almond Butter Cookies – soft, chewy, sweet, and extra delicious!

OATMEAL ALMOND BUTTER COOKIES - Can be flourless / oil-free / sugar-free / gluten-free / vegan

The summer after our first year back from college, my best friends and I took a road trip to Austin, Texas.

If you’ve ever been on a road trip with friends, you know that stocking the car with an ample variety of snack foods is of the utmost importance. We made a grocery run the night before, purchasing every flavor potato chip they offered and filling a cooler with fresh fruit, sandwiches, and water bottles. Then we surveyed our inventory and decided it was not yet acceptable; we needed a homemade touch…

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After thoroughly talking it through (Important decisions like these must not be taken lightly), we decided a batch of oatmeal cookies would be quick and easy. Plus—bonus!—we already had all of the ingredients in the pantry! The cookies turned out beautifully. We ate way too many and were forced to make a second batch for the car. All of the cookies were eaten by the time we reached our destination. The potato chips, on the other hand… notsomuch.

(Did I mention that a road trip from Dallas to Austin is not even 4 hours?)

Homemade Oatmeal Almond Butter Cookies-- Just 6 ingredients, with NO oil & NO flour. Get the full recipe--->

Almost 10 years later, I’m still reminded of that road trip every time I make oatmeal cookies. Although the oatmeal almond butter cookies recipe below is quite different from the one we used back in 2006, it’s just as simple… and just as good!

Oat Cookies:

Oatmeal Almond Butter Cookies

Oatmeal Almond Butter Cookies

Total Time: 8m
Yield: 12-15 almond butter cookies
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Oatmeal Almond Butter Cookies


  • 1/2 cup roasted almond butter, softened to a stir-able consistency
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp quick oats or gf-certified quick oats
  • just under level 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup xylitol or sugar of choice
  • 2 tbsp applesauce


Almond Butter Cookies Recipe: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients to form a dough. (Due to the natural oils in the almond butter, the dough can be a bit oily, so have a napkin ready to wipe your hands as you work with the dough.) Form cookie dough balls with your hands, and place on the cookie sheet. Be sure to leave room between cookies, as these will spread as they bake. Bake 8 minutes. The almond butter cookies should still look a little undercooked when you remove them from the oven, but they’ll firm up as they cool. Set the tray aside for at least 10 minutes before picking up a cookie. Makes about 12-15 almond butter cookies.

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Published on May 14, 2014

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  1. Brinley says

    My mom LOVES almond butter from trader joes! (She has some weird trader joes obsession!) and my brother loves cookies! This recipe was made for us! Thank you!

  2. Hollie says

    I’ve been looking for a peanut butter cookie recipe for when the mr gets back. He is obsessed with peanut butter cookies so I think that is what I’ll go. Anyways the last road trip I went on was moving from Texas to NJ.

    • Shan says

      Holly! That’s funny. I moved from NJ to TX. Now I wanna go back. Where in NJ? I’m from Fort Lee, but I wanna venture out! I’m thinking Ocean Grove 🙂 right now I’m in Austin. I can’t wait to try these cookies!

  3. Eva says

    Looks freakin DELiCIOUS! That of course has nothing to do with me starving ;). I’m getting my blender next week, so as soon as I make almond butter, will do these!
    Now gonna go bake some boatmeal!

    • Erogo Proxy says

      A bit they make roasted almond butter with roasted almonds a bit of a deeper nutty flavor, but when they roast them some of the omega fatty acids in the almonds oxidize so you loose some of the health benefits of the raw almond. I personally prefer mine raw, organic, with no oils or salts added. But sometimes that roasted bit of flavor is a nice change up.

      • Erogo Proxy says

        On second thought how would these cook with fresh almond butter without the added oils that you get in the store bought ones? I think they might come out a bit dry, almonds do form a thick paste when crushed/ground into a butter unlike some other tree nuts but it does not soften with heat very well nor spread easily. Bit perplexed here if I should try it with the expensive stuff I made or go out and buy some of that store stuff they load with canola and sunflower seed oil. Perhaps add a bit of coconut oil? Thinking a Tsp. or two would help a bit in fact.

  4. Jess @ Gas Stove Girl says

    Ok these look AWESOME…do you think they would work with cashew butter as well for a cashew butter cookie? Might be worth a try. All I need is apple sauce and these can be in my belly in no time 🙂

  5. Judith Ness says

    These look great as do many of your recipes. Because of your recipes I purchased a bag of Xylitol to bake with. A week ago a friends’ Healthy 4 year old dog suddenly died. The autopsy showed Xylitol poisoning ! My friend thinks he picked up a piece of chewing gum in the park. Twelve hours later… well.
    I threw away the Xylitol immediately. Please help me spread the word how dangerous this product is to our pets!I am starting a campaign to aware people and get this off our grocery shelves and in products we purchase, etc.
    Thank you for indulging me.

    • Madison @ Eating for Balance says

      Judith, that really is horrible to hear about the death of your friend’s dog. However, dogs are also allergic (sometimes deathly) to chocolate, and I don’t think everyone will just stop eating that. Same goes for coffee. I do think more awareness needs to be created about xylitol and the effects on dogs, but I don’t think that getting rid of these products is the answer.

      Again, really sorry to hear about your friend’s dog. I think I will go give mine a hug right now… 🙂

    • Michael says

      It’s true that numerous things we eat are toxic to dogs, such as chocolate and grapes.

      However, xylitol is FAR worse. It is absolutely fatal to dogs, even in small amounts. The same is not true for chocolate and grapes. People who keep xylitol in their homes should be aware of this. Moreover, xylitol cannot be digested by humans, which is why it gives many stomach upset. The more you know!

    • Mitzi says

      So sorry about your friend’s dog. I was going to purchase some xylitol, so glad I didn’t if only a tiny bit can be fatal to dogs. I have a little 6# dog and if I even spilled any it would be sad to lose her. Thanks for informing the public. I will have to watch her at other people’s homes too.

    • Jeff H. says

      If you do the research on xylitol you’ll find out that it goes through an extensive chemical processing to extract it. You should also do your own research as to the side affects this product has on humans. This is in the same category as with all chemically derived sweeteners. Take the sweetener issue a step further and do the research on sweeteners used in everyday chewing gum. Just because the FDA approves something doesn’t necessarily means it’s healthy for you. It just means it’s deemed not to kill you. Many medications are deemed safe for you by the FDA if you’re willing to take them and suffer the potential side affects. So sorry to hear about your dog. Unfortunately, chocolate is not chemically derived from a natural product, xylitol is. If you look up acesulfame potassium (found in a lot of products) you’ll find some articles saying it’s safe for you and has no side affects. Dig deeper into the research and try to remain as objective as possible. Phenylalanine is another common sweetener found in a lot of products your children are probably consuming. Again, another chemical based/chemically derived sweetener that does more harm than good, yet it’s approved by the FDA for consumption. Judith, be an informed, educated, objective person in your research. If the FDA says it’s good for you and it’s something that is highly processed then definitely do your homework. If it produces side affects then don’t consume it. You’ll find a lot of people will advocate for food products because one, they believe whatever the FDA says and they don’t think anything they do would or could potentially harm us. Second, is that they’ve been consuming these products for so long that their bodies have adjusted to them. All I’m suggesting is to do your research on your own. Perfect example; I brush my teeth and floss everyday for years and seemed to always have a cavity or some small type of inclusion. I stopped using fluoride toothpaste several years ago after doing the research on fluoride. In four years I’ve maintained my oral health care and diet and have had no cavities since. When I told the dentist that I changed toothpaste, she asked me what I was using. I told her all natural toothpaste. She immediately advised me that it was not a good idea to not use fluoride toothpaste. If you decide to do any really in-depth research on fluoride you’ll know why she advised against me not using fluoride toothpaste. I tell you that because becoming an informed citizen can make you an educated and in most cases healthier one, for you and your family.

  6. Janet says

    My last road trip was almost two weeks ago. Myself and three other girlfriends(ages 43-62) went to Bird-In-Hand, PA and also Hershey, PA. We had a blast 🙂 We did fill up with snacks too-chocolate, peanut butter blossoms, oatmeal raisin cinnamon chip cookies, water bottles. Yum!! All gluten-free too 🙂

  7. Shonalika says

    These look delicious; I love oatmeal cookies and have been meaning to try some almond butter cookies for a while now. Since this recipe is so simple and only uses 1/2 cup of precious almond butter I may just have no excuse to not make it:D

  8. Laura O says

    My husband and I recently went to California and spent time driving to the mountains, and to the beach…we packed far too many snacks for the amount of time in the car, too! I don’t mind because the preparation is just as fun. Next time, maybe I’ll pack some of these cookies!

  9. Erogo Proxy says

    Thanks for the receipe, turns out much less expensive then what I was thinking of trying. Tempted to make a batch to sell at the farmers market along side my gluten free bread loafs.

    As for road trips I never really did cooking for them, but I go to 3-4 day conventions several times a year. We stay awake for days and eat a bunch of baked goods, I normally make protein apple muffins, egg nog monkey bread, oatmeal cookies, dried fruit and nut bars. Pea and rice protein powders actually can be blended into these quite well use them in the raw bars, and make a icing for the GF monkey bread out of them. Great for long periods of constant movement.

  10. Lauren says

    These are SO GOOD!

    I added a few mini chocolate chips. I got 19 smaller cookies out of the recipe. Everyone make these cookies!!!

  11. Sandi says

    Katie, I couldn’t wait and made these this afternoon. They were the best cookies I’ve had in a very long time. I used coconut date rolls for the sugar (I microwaved them so they would be soft enough to mix them with the rest of the ingredients.) Question….are you supposed to flatten the balls before you bake them or bake them round? I flattened them somewhat but wasn’t sure.

  12. EVA says

    MMMF, almond butter is the best! I’ve made cookies just like this, but with pumpkin puree instead of applesauce. It was a delicious autumn sensory experience despite the fact that I made them in March.

    Well, despite being almost 19, I have NEVER been on a plane. Everywhere I have been in this country has been a road trip since my family drives to every destination. Yep, from WI to Florida, WI to Montana, and all the way to Pennsylvania as well! They say “half the fun is getting there”, and my family continually embraces the phrase!

  13. Karen says

    Last weekend my husband and I drove from Wisconsin to New York and back to Wisconsin to pick up my youngest daughter’s “stuff” from college. We left Wisconsin Friday night, arrived in New York Saturday at 4:30, took her and her roomies out for dinner and started heading back a couple of hours later. Arrived home by 7:00 Sunday night. I believe it was a total of 26 fun filled hours bonding with my honey!

    And the cookies? Looks like a “must try” for me! I love the simplicity of the recipe!

  14. Monica & Daria says

    These look amazing! Love both almonds and oatmeal….they are on our “Must Try” list as of right now! Thanks….have been following you for a long time! We are gluten free and love your posts!

  15. Steph says

    YUM! Those look soo good! I am the biggest cookie freak! I love them soo much! Especially healthified breakfast ones… I love telling my friends I had cookies for brekky 🙂

  16. Librarian Lavender says

    I love road trips and still go on as many as possible. Why do they always make you so hungry? Home made snacks are a must and those cookies are looking delicious! I’ll save the recipe, so I can make some for my next trip!

  17. Meredith says

    I made these last night because I had all the ingredients on hand and I’m eating one as we speak. I did use white sugar, but man, this is one delicious and easy cookie. I will be making these again. Thanks for sharing!

  18. April says

    Made a half batch of these tonight. I was lazy and just used the natural almond butter I had, didn’t worry about roasted almond butter and it turned out fine. Next time I might roast some almonds myself and make my own roasted almond butter to see if the flavor is better but it was so tasty I’m of half a mind to skip the extra work. I did 12 cookies to a batch and I found the cookies pretty small but that might not be a bad thing. I was able to eat 3 cookies without guilt. Very good recipe and I’d recommend it to anyone.

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