Peanut Butter Oat Bran Cookies with Sunflower Seeds and Coconut

So I was meeting with a client this morning that mentioned she made some oat bran peanut butter cookies that tasted really great.  Hmmmm…oat bran is a great source of soluble fiber which is helpful in lowing blood cholesterol and anything with peanut butter has my name on it…so… since I had about and hour between clients, I buzzed home and started to whip together my version of peanut butter oat bran cookies. I am a bit impulsive like that.

My client used the Hodgson Mill recipe found here.  I tweaked it a bit–as I have been known to do.

First, I gathered my ingredients.

I mixed them up.

I scooped a small amount of dough–just a measuring tablespoon full and placed it on my parchment lined cookie sheet.

I saved some extra dough for later.  I placed it in a ziplock bag to freeze with the date on it.

No need to make a HUGE batch of cookies that I will gobble ALL up at once. Yes, I have been known to do that.

I also reserved some of the dough to add some dark chocolate chips to… {Russ always says, “add chocolate chips to this recipe next time.”}….so I beat him to the punch.

I even used a bit of dough to see if it could be used as a tart shell…and yes, it came out great.

Then I rushed back to my office for my next 3 clients.

I do love that I have an office space just minutes from home.

When I returned home from working I ate about 8 ‘mini’ cookies.

If the cookies are mini, they don’t count right?

So….if you want to make your cholesterol cringe and enjoy a tasty Peanut-y Glob of Goodness, try this recipe out…Peanut Butter Oat Bran Cookies with Sunflower Seeds and Coconut (and perhaps chocolate chips if you so desire)!

FODMAPs peeps–this is a nice high fiber cookie that I made with gluten free flour.  A great low FODMAP GF flour blend is King Arthur Flour gluten free multi-purpose flour as it is free of soy and bean flours. 

Peanut Butter Oat Bran Cookies with Sunflower Seeds and Coconut


  • 1/2 cup melted butter OR oil of choice (I used melted coconut oil)
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter (Smucker's or Teddie brand)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (I used King Arthur gluten free multi-purpose flour and so should low FODMAP diet peeps)
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup shelled unsalted sunflower seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut (optional)
  • Dark chocolate chips if desired.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In medium bowl, add and blend oil, sugar, peanut butter, egg and vanilla.
  4. Blend in oat bran and flour. (FODMAP peeps use acceptable gluten free flour blend)
  5. Add optional ingredients.
  6. Using measuring tablespoon drop by spoonful about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
  7. Using fork make criss-cross marks on cookie.
  8. Can also use this batter as a tart crust.
  9. Bake for 6 minutes and a bit longer if making tart shell. Should be slightly brown on edges.