Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drops

Gluten-free No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drops | The Baking Beauties
I love peanut butter.
I love cookies.
And I love quick, simple recipes.

This recipe for gluten-free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drops, is all 3 things, rolled up into one tasty little no-bake cookie. I’ve made a No-Bake Cookie in the past that were chocolate, but when I saw this one, it caught my eye. It had peanut butter, but no chocolate in it. I think it would be great with some chopped salted peanuts added to it as well (next time). These cookies, although they contain peanut butter, actually have a caramel flavour to them, at least that’s what we all tasted. Give them a try, and let me know your thoughts.

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drops
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3-4 dozen cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups Gluten-Free certified quick cook oats
  1. Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper, set aside.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, milk, and salt. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a full rolling boil. Without stirring, let mixture boil for 3 minutes. Immediately remove from heat.
  3. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla, stirring until peanut butter has melted.
  4. Quickly stir in oats, mix well.
  5. Working quickly, drop mixture by tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Allow to cool and become firm, about 30 minutes.



  1. Kim-Cook it Allergy Free says

    Wow! This recipe looks wonderful! How totally simple! I love the ingredients and can only imagine how good these will be! 😉

  2. Amy says

    Is there an ingredient that I could substitute for the oats? I have a celiac reaction even to the certified GF oats.

  3. Jeanine says

    @Amy, Amy, I haven't tried it, but you could try substituting with quinoa flakes, or GF crispy rice cereal (or a 50/50 mix quinoa/rice cereal?), Or even add flaked coconut to the mixture, until you have the same amount as the oats you're replacing. Let me know if you try any of these, I'd like to hear how they worked. :)

  4. laurie says

    Yummy…like Amy I react to oats. I think flaked coconut, dried cranberries, gf cornflakes, and even chopped nuts would be amazing. I'm getting the saucepan out to tonight!

  5. laurie says

    Just made them. Substituted gf rice and corn cereal, chopped pecans, and dried cranberries instead of oats. So addictive and yummy. Delicious with a cup of tea. Thank you!

  6. Katie C. says

    Oh, these look amazing, and I bet I could use Sunbutter in place of the Peanut butter to make them even friendlier. :) Thanks, as always, Jeanine! :)

  7. Rhonda says

    Perfect! I am not feeling like making a trip into town and just happen to have everything on hand to make these 😉

    • Tasha says

      I have made these several times and they are so addicting! I replaced it with Sunbutter ~ a hit with everyone … even my hubby!

  8. Gina, Gluten Free says

    YUM! Those would be incredible drizzled in chocolate!! (chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven!)

  9. mamajuliana says

    I made these this evening for 'dessert.' My husband and children approved. I could tell because they are almost gone!

  10. betty r says

    These look mighty good Jeanine, what a great snack! My son loves peanut butter, and he would love me even more if I made these drops:)

  11. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties says

    @Blue Lou, Thank you so much for the award, I appreciate it. So glad that the change has been easier for you too, besides reading every label of everything you're going to consume, it's not so bad. :)

  12. Elizabeth, blogging for SunButter says

    Katie and Jeanine too of course,
    I'm eager to hear how the SunButter variation turns out! Thanks for another yummy recipe.

    • Tasha says

      @ Jeanine … I tried it with Sunbutter! It’s delicious!!! Not sure how it tastes with pb so can’t compare.

  13. Michelle says

    Mmmm, these are yummy. And, these are perfect for my mom, she can't have a lot of chocolate and she's going to really like the caramel/peanut flavor, too. Gotta go make another batch for tonight. Thanks again!

  14. Jen says

    Admittedly, I am not much of a baker, much less a GF baker. Not sure what went wrong here…I have worked with GF batters/mixes before so I am aware of the “gentle” or “quick” handling they usually require…but I guess I couldn’t go fast enough? I was able to “drop” one cookie, but after that, the mixture fell apart in the saucepan and I was left with very delicious “granola.” Too bad…I was really hoping these could be something we keep around the house for an emergency “sweet treat.”

  15. Rebecca B. says

    Oh my goodness, those look good! Just what I’m in the mood to make tomorrow! Thank you. I can always count on your recipes.

  16. Beverly Fullerton says

    i copied off your christmas cookie book,love the peppermint white chocolate
    cookies,the chocolate chip were pretty good too, but best of all i went and
    found your receipe for sandwich bread, it is the first bread that has come out
    like you said it would i did mess up with first loaf as it had no flavor, well if you
    leave out the salt it will do that, second loaf is great raises without falling is moist
    and has a great flavor,you must be one smart COOKIE ha thanks


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