By Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
Looking for delicious no egg cookies that also happen to be dairy free, gluten free, and allergy friendly? Look no further than this yummy eggless cookie recipe.
Have you been craving cookies while in quarantine? Don't worry if you don't have all the pantry staples you'd normally need on hand. You can make this no-egg cookie recipe without eggs, butter, or milk!
Yup, these Peanut Butter Cookies are basically coronavirus quarantine proof! They'll quickly become one of your top quarantine dessert recipes.
How to Make Eggless Cookies
Maybe your house is out of eggs, or maybe you're avoiding them because of food allergies.
Whatever the reason, you'll see that these egg-free cookies–which are also gluten free and dairy free–look simply mouthwatering. How is this possible, given that they don't contain any eggs to hold the ingredients together?
There are many ways to make eggless cookies, including making a flax or chia egg. The key to these eggless cookies? The peanut butter does a really good job of holding all the ingredients together.
If you're adapting an existing egg-containing cookie recipe to be eggless, you can try one of these substitutions:
Combine 2 Tablespoons ground flax meal with 3 Tablespoons cold water. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.
Combine 1 Tablespoon chia seeds with 2 1/2 Tablespoons water. Let the mixture sit for at least 5 minutes.
Now, let's continue talking about these peanut butter cookies without eggs! They are a truly delicious no-egg cookie. Whether you're simply out of eggs or you're allergic to eggs, this is a great recipe that my family loves.
Should You Make Nut-Free Cookies?
My answer: Only if you don't like nuts or are allergic to them. The base of these egg-free cookies is made with peanut butter, which has many health benefits.
You can do so much more with peanuts than eat them at ballgames and make PB&J
sandwiches. Peanuts are a good source of both protein and fiber—a combination of ingredients that helps to keep you fuller for longer.
You also get healthy monounsaturated fats, which help with that filling factor, plus an array of vitamins minerals in each peanut. This includes vitamin E, folate, magnesium, and potassium.
Plus, research in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that eating peanuts and peanut butter may help you live longer. U.S. and Chinese researchers looked at more than 206,000 American and Chinese people. In the American group, subjects were mostly of African and European descent.
The people eating the most peanuts and peanut butter (18.45 grams, or about 0.7 ounces, or more daily) had up to a 21%
decreased risk of dying, versus the people taking in the smallest amount (less than 0.14 grams daily).
Researchers also noticed that eating peanuts lowered risk of death related to cardiovascular disease. In the Asian group, peanut intake was linked with a lower risk of stroke.
Peanuts are technically legumes, or plants of the pea family. But since they have health benefits similar to other nuts—they're a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and disease-fighting antioxidants—they’re typically considered as such.
They’re one of the lowest-costing nuts, at about $0.15 per ounce. An ounce is the equivalent of a small handful of nuts
or two Tablespoons of peanut butter.
Whether you already love peanut butter or you’re about to buy your first jar in awhile, keep in mind that not all peanut butter is created equally.
Skip the jars labeled low-fat; they typically contain filler ingredients like corn syrup that help to stabilize the
product, upping the sugar content. Instead, shop for a natural peanut butter, many of which now come no-stir.
Why Add Seeds and Oats to Vegan Treats?
You'll see that these delicious cookies without eggs contain oats, hemp seeds, and flax seeds. These foods provide many health benefits, including the fact that they boast fiber.
And, as a study shows, eating these foods as part of a Mediterranean Diet could help you live longer. In the
study in BMJ, researchers studied 4,676 middle-aged and older women (ages 42 to 70) who were part of the Nurses’ Health Study prospective cohort.
Researchers used a scoring system to determine subjects’ adherence to the Mediterranean Diet. Volunteers were given points for consuming vegetables (but not potatoes), fruits, nuts, whole grains, legumes and fish.
They were also given points for having a moderate intake of alcohol and red and processed meats (such as cold cuts and
hot dogs) and a healthy ratio of monounsaturated to saturated fats (the types of fats found in nuts and olive oil, versus those found in red meat and baked goods).
The results are exciting: The folks with the highest scores had longer telomeres, which protect DNA. Longer telomeres are linked with younger age, lesser risk of age-related chronic disease and longer life expectancy.
Compared to women with the lowest scores, ladies with the highest had scores equating to a possible longer lifespan of six years. These women ate more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fish and total fat—and less meat.
They also had lower body mass indexes (BMIs, or measures of body fat based on weight and height), were less likely to
smoke, ate more calories (on average, 1,984 per day, versus 1,534) and exercised more (an average of about 20 hours weekly, versus about 13).
Authors think that a Mediterranean Diet may help protect telomeres; on the other hand, inflammation and oxidative stress (decreased by eating antioxidants found in produce, red wine and other foods) in the body may damage and shorten telomeres.
Knowing that eating a Mediterranean diet could help me live longer, I’m looking forward to incorporating more veggies, fruits, lean proteins and healthy fats into my day. This cookie recipe without eggs totally counts!
Get Ready to Bake!
Ready to make these golden brown peanut butter cookies with no eggs? Here we go! Grab your baking sheet with parchment paper and electric mixer! By the way, if you love cookies, you've got to try my vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe.
A version of this content originally appeared on WeightWatchers.com.
I’d love to hear from you! Let me know how you’re enjoying these peanut butter cookies with no eggs. Do you make other no-egg recipes for people with egg allergies?
Peanut Butter No-Egg Cookies
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- ¼ cup gluten-free all-purpose or 1-1 flour
- ¼ cup hemp hearts
- 2 Tablespoons flax seeds
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup crunchy natural peanut butter
- ¼ cup tub plant-based margarine
- ¼ cup vanilla oat milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, oats, flour, hemp hearts, flax seeds, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt.
- Add in peanut butter, margarine, milk, and vanilla extract. Gently stir until well combined.
- Spray a non-stick baking tray with cooking spray. Shape cookie dough into small balls, and place on cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. If you prefer crispier cookies, flatten dough with a fork and shorten cooking time.
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