Vegan Breakfast Cookies (Oil-free and Gluten-free!)
You only need 8 ingredients to make these amazing and delicious Vegan Gluten-free Breakfast Cookies that are so healthy, oil-free and refined sugar-free! They have an amazing depth of flavor compared to other breakfast cookies because of the pumpkin pie spices and a crispy texture that is undeniable!
1/4cup (45g)pistachios or pumpkin seeds for nut-free
I use this scale.
Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Add the almond butter, syrup, flaxseed, pumpkin pie spice and salt to a large bowl and stir very well until mixed.
Add the oats, rice crisp cereal, cherries and nuts/seeds. Stir until a very thick and sticky batter forms.
Use a cookie scoop with 2 tablespoons worth of batter and place them onto the pan 2 inches apart. I always get 13-14 cookies. The batter will be VERY sticky and fragile, loose, but will firm up a ton after baking, so don't worry.
Piece any loose pieces back together along the edges of the cookies, trying to form a round shape.
Use a small square piece of parchment paper to gently press each cookie down to 1/2 inch thickness.
Bake for JUST 10 minutes. They should be looking golden brown. Do not overbake these, as they will taste burnt and not good. The cookies will be VERY tender after removing them from the oven, so do not try to remove or eat them yet or they will crumble! Leave them on the pan for 15 minutes, and they will be totally firm and crispy by then. Transfer to a cooling rack using a thin spatula. Store at room temperature covered.
BROWN RICE CRISP CEREAL: This is where the most magical crunchy factor comes in. I use the Nature's Path brand. You can find this at some stores like Whole Food's or online. I also like the One Degree brand. Both of these don't have additives or any oil and hardly any sugar. Another option that would work well would be puffed quinoa.
NUT-FREE: To make these nut-free, use sunbutter instead of almond butter if you don't mind the taste of sunbutter. Use pumpkin seeds instead of pistachios.