I Made Homemade No Flour Oatmeal M&M Cookies…and They Didn’t Suck

Seriously y’all…this is a huge deal. A HUGE deal. I’ve told you time and time again that I don’t bake. I mean I do, sometimes, but not really. Every single time I break down and bake because the babies want something sweet, I use a box. As in (oh gosh…true confession time) I have 6 kids and cook almost every night of my life, but I’ve never, ever attempted to bake anything from scratch before. It is what it is. 

The babies wanted cookies. I really limit their sweets, and they were good today, so they should have cookies. I had no boxed mix. I Googled sugar cookies and they looked easy enough (even to me) so I promised them cookies. But doh…I had no flour. None. Not even a morsel. I was surely going to break their hearts, but I just couldn’t. They looked so sad. So, so sad. I had oatmeal and an idea and I decided to fade back and punt. I mixed, I experimented, and I said a little prayer. When these goodies came out of the oven, surprisingly (although admittedly not the prettiest cookies on the planet) they smelled amazing. AND the babies loved them. Heck, B thought they were good and he’s a baked goods snob. I DID IT! I made homemade cookies. YAY ME!

And since this recipe was so easy (because that’s how I roll) and apparently delicious, I thought I’d share it with you. Honestly, if you’re going to indulge on sweet treats (which I don’t), this is actually a healthier alternative. So here goes.

What you’ll need:
  • 1/3 cup melted no-salt butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup Milk Chocolate M&M’s Candies
What you’ll do:
  • Whisk the butter, egg, vanilla, and cinnamon together well
  • Mix in the brown sugar…why does that always have to be such a pain?
  • Pour in the oats and M&M’s and mix until you have a “batter”
  • Drop teaspoon sized balls onto an ungreased cookie pan and flatten slightly with a glass (like a glass glass, not a plastic one…don’t ask me how I know this…just trust me)
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes, let them cool for a few, and serve!

That’s it. Seriously…THAT’S IT! I feel like I’m so accomplished now. Pitiful, but true. I loved seeing the smiles on the babies’ faces and hearing them ask for “just one more”. For the record, they only got 2 each. I may just start baking on a regular basis now. Who knows? 

What’s your favorite EASY cookie recipe? Go easy on me because I’m a novice!

About Christy

Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 27 to 8. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.

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  1. BrandiJeter says:

    Oh, yum, Christy! I have to try these!!!

  2. You should. I’m not sure what’s happening to us but all of this baking is just craziness. 😉

  3. Cascia Talbert says:

    This #recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing. Have a Happy New Year!

  4. Thanks! And although my husband said they were delicious, he affectionately calls them “granola cookies”. Let me know if you try them and can think of anything to make them better. I’m just not a baker but I’m trying.

  5. love that these are easy to make gluten free! The work to adapt recipes takes out some of the fun 😉

  6. Oh I can imagine! We aren’t gluten free and this was an accidental recipe actually. I know how hard you work to feed your family foods they can process and I admire that. Since we went “sodium free” about 5 years ago, I’ve had to work a lot harder to make good food which is why I often just recycle the same recipes.