Playdate Cookies: Cookies that are safe for EVERYONE. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies that are out of this world tasty but happen to be gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, corn-free, egg-free, and nut-free!
Are you the parent of a child with an allergy? Do you cringe at the thought of birthday parties, playdates, and/or class parties?
I feel ya. You see, years ago, I was there with you. Tate, my oldest, had an allergy to egg, wheat, and dairy. Oh we learned to get really creative with food at our house during those years–I kept my house free from all allergens and it was HARD!! Especially for my husband!
Thankfully, he has outgrown all three allergies. But I have become extremely sensitive to food allergies through this experience. And even though we don’t have severe food allergies to major foods now, my children and myself have to watch everything we eat and tit-rate our meds based on what we consume, due to pancreatic insufficiency and blood sugar issues. As much as I love food and love to entertain with food, when you throw dietary restrictions into the mix, the fun associated with food can often become a source of stress or fear.
When entertaining, I always strive to find out any dietary restrictions and work around them prior to the event. That way EVERYONE can relax and enjoy the food and not have to question whether dishes are safe for them or not.
But what do you do when kids are in the mix? Let’s face it, kids love treats and HATE to feel isolated or left out from anything. But when opening up my home to the neighborhood children and friends of my kids, sometimes I just won’t know what food restrictions these kids are facing. And I want to be mindful of these sweet children and always have something safe for them to eat.
These sweet little Playdate Cookies are a parent’s dream come true. They are free from eggs, corn, wheat, dairy, nuts, soy, and refined sugars! But the BEST part is that they taste SO good! They are soft and chewy and a bit crunchy around the edges. They are packed with flavor from my secret natural sweetener, raisins, cinnamon, and dairy-free chocolate chips! Another great option for cookies free from top allergens are these Monster Cookie Bars from My Gluten Free Miami.
I was able to achieve the perfect cookie-like texture by using non-GMO Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread. Talk about a “mindful” company! Earth Balance has always been a go-to for me when seeking out allergen free products that actually taste good and aren’t filled with artificial junk. And when you have a cookie, you want it to taste like a cookie! By using Earth Balance spread, I was able to get a “buttery,” rich cookie without butter!
And because I was truly seeking to create a cookie that parents would not hesitate to give to their child as a treat, I wanted these to be free of refined sugars. I am known for using bananas to sweeten things naturally, but I did not want their to be any banana flavor in these cookies. So I used apple juice concentrate. Super sweet, super mild, and nothing more than concentrated apple juice.
The process is so simple and you don’t need any fancy flours, stabilizers, or equipment to make these cookies! I just blended up certified gluten free oats for oat flour, mixed with whole oats, cinnamon and baking soda (no baking powder, because it sometimes contains corn.) Then mixed it up with the Earth Balance that had been creamed together with apple juice concentrate and flax seed (for an egg replacement), stirred in some raisins and dairy-free, soy-free chocolate chips and got to baking. Well, not before sampling a bit of the cookie dough–hey, it is vegan, so no salmonella to worry about!
The verdict? They were devoured in an afternoon tea party hosted by my daughter 🙂 And my son even participated so he could get an extra cookie–that is really telling you how good these cookies are. He usually hides out when extra girls are in the house!!
So be mindful of your friends, family, and those that may pop over that have food allergies and serve up these cookies. They will be loved by all–allergy-free or allergy-sufferer.
- 1 cup certified gluten-free oats, blended in blender until flour like consistency
- 1 cup certified gluten-free oats, left whole
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup dairy-free, soy-free chocolate chips (optional)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup apple juice concentrate
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon chia seed (optional)
- ⅓ cup Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a mixing bowl combine the apple juice concentrate and flax seed and chia seed (if using). Let sit while you mix up the dry ingredients, at least 5 minutes.
- Mix together the oats, baking soda, cinnamon, raisins and chocolate chips. Set aside.
- Add the Earth Balance Spread and vanilla to the apple juice mixture and blend until well combined and a creamy. Stir in the dry ingredients.
- Cover mixing bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight. This give the dough time to come together.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Roll the dough into 1 tablespoon balls and flatten slightly on a lightly greased cookie sheet (use a bit of the Earth Balance to grease the tray.)
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden.
- Cool slightly on tray and then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.
- Store in a covered container for 3 days in the pantry. 5 days in the refrigerator.
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