Is it me or are bulk bins NOT the way to go if you have allergies?
I typically buy quite a few items in bulk, including rice, lentils, quinoa, and oats, but I had recently felt as though I was reacting to oats. Horror of horrors!
I cut them out of my diet for a week or so and felt better, but I couldn’t imagine continuing on without them. After reading about cross-contamination within bulk bins, I decided to give some other packaged brands of oats a try….
I picked up these Country Choice Organic Oats and found that they agreed with me much better! After using them for a while, I was actually contacted by the company to receive a few samples of their product, so I wanted to be sure to mention them here, as I do feel they are a superior product.
With my newly discovered almond allergy, I have to be extremely careful of coming in contact with anything that might contain any trace of them.
Buying in bulk becomes problematic when scoopers and bins are intermingled. For example, if the scooper from the oats is used to also scoop out almonds, I may feel as though I’m reacting to oats, when in reality the almond residue is bothering me.
Country Choice oats play a huge part in today’s recipe, which is low in added sweeteners and has NO added oil. This is a great recipe for kids, as it has many flavors that they enjoy, such as applesauce, peanut butter, and chocolate. My girls just love these!
One Bowl Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (Oil-Free)
- 2/3 c. applesauce
- 1/2 c. peanut butter or Sunbutter
- 2 T. honey or maple syrup
- 16 drops liquid stevia
- 2 t. vanilla
- 1/2 t. cinnamon
- 3/4 t. baking soda
- 1/4 t. + 1/8 t. sea salt
- 1 1/3 c. oats
- 1/3 c. buckwheat or whole wheat flour
- 1/4 c. chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix everything together in one bowl until well combined.
- Spoon tablespoons of dough onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
- Bake 15 minutes.
- Cool and enjoy!
Adapted from this recipe
I cannot stop eating these, and I challenge you to try! Not only are they super easy to make, they are soft, perfectly sweet, and unabashedly healthy…and did you catch the nutrition stats on them? 98 calories, low in sugar, and almost low carb (anything under 10 g is considered low carb).
No butter or oil, no eggs, no refined sugar, and very little flour…I can’t think of a healthier way to enjoy a cookie!
Have you ever had trouble buying items from bulk bins?
Aside from the above, I remember buying some type of flour once, only to get it home and find bugs in it! I guess you never know if the employees are cleaning the bins regularly like they should be. :-/
**Updated note: In light of Shirley’s comment below I just wanted to add that I am well aware that Country Choice oats are not certified to be gluten-free, so for those of you with gluten sensitivity, be aware. I personally do not have an allergy to gluten, so I made no mention of it either way. You can use whatever oats you’d like in this recipe. Happy baking!