Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Monster Cookies | no rice flour

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Monster Cookies | no rice flour

These easy, giant gluten free chocolate chip monster cookies are made with oats, peanut butter, and plenty of brown sugar, but no rice flour.

These easy, giant gluten free chocolate chip monster cookies are made with oats, peanut butter, and plenty of brown sugar, but without any rice flour. 

What are monster cookies, anyway?

Monster cookies are basically just peanut butter oatmeal cookies with M&M chocolate candies and chocolate chips mixed in. They’re called “monster cookies” since they’re like the Frankenstein’s monster of cookies. All due respect to monsters. And cookies.

Most monster cookie recipes have some all purpose flour added, along with oats, to help give them structure. It’s just like what you would do with traditional (gluten free) oatmeal cookies.

The best thing about baking cookies with oats and oat flour in them is that they have a really satisfying chew to them. That’s why our “Mrs. Fields” gluten free chocolate chip cookies have oats—and probably why they’re the most popular chocolate chip recipe on this site.

These easy, giant gluten free chocolate chip monster cookies are made with oats, peanut butter, and plenty of brown sugar, but without any rice flour. 

(All Purpose) Flourless Baking

I take flourless baking very seriously. Well, I mean not “seriously” like you would health or welfare, but I don’t use the term “flourless” lightly, is all.

When any grain or even nut is ground into a flour and used in the recipe, I don’t consider it truly flourless. But this recipe is rice flourless/all purpose flourless. All of my all purpose gluten free flour recipes are based on rice flour.

These easy, giant gluten free chocolate chip monster cookies are made with oats, peanut butter, and plenty of brown sugar, but without any rice flour. 

Baking with oats and oat flour

Baking with oats (which can be substituted in all my baking, if you’re unable or unwilling to eat them!) can be tricky, though. Old fashioned rolled oats, which are one of the least processed forms of oats, are relatively thick.

One way to make a stable cookie that holds together is to add a rice flour blend to it. But in this gluten free chocolate chip monster cookies recipe, I simply ground some old fashioned rolled oats into a flour and added that to the recipe. Oats are simple to grind into a flour in a blender or food processor.

The rest of the oats in this recipe are more like quick-cooking oats. But I’m too cheap to ever buy oats any more processed than old-fashioned oats, so I just pulse old-fashioned oats a few times in a food processor. And I call them quick-cooking oats.

The result is an amazingly chewy oatmeal cookie with a satisfying peanut butter-chocolate flavor. They rise and spread evenly to make these giant monster cookies a real treat.

These easy, giant gluten free chocolate chip monster cookies are made with oats, peanut butter, and plenty of brown sugar, but without any rice flour. 

Making the cookies in one bowl

Whenever possible, I try to make cake batter and cookie dough in one single bowl. I find that it’s not often necessary to beat butter, sugar, and eggs separately unless you’re making a delicate vanilla cake, for example.

In this recipe, though, I prefer to mix the dry ingredients (oat flour, oats, baking soda and salt) in a separate bowl first. I find that it’s easiest to get all the lumps out of the brown sugar by mixing it with the butter, peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla separately. You don’t need a hand or stand mixer to do that job, although you could certainly use one.

The oat and oat flour mixture is then added to the wet ingredients and mixed just to combine. When baking with oat flour especially, the baked goods can become tough if you work the batter or dough too hard. This way, the oats can be handled much less when everything is combined.

If you would really prefer to make this recipe in one bowl, you can whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl, create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients (butter, peanut butter, egg mixture, vanilla, and sugar). Then mix until combined, but try not to overmix. Add the chips and candies, and mix gently to combine.

These easy, giant gluten free chocolate chip monster cookies are made with oats, peanut butter, and plenty of brown sugar, but without any rice flour. 

Ingredients and substitutions

These crisp-outside, chewy inside cookies have a fair number of additional allergens in them. Here are my best guesses for how to avoid them. Please keep in mind that this recipe was formulated to work precisely as written. The more substitutions you make, the more you are veering toward a separate recipe entirely.

Dairy-free: The only dairy in these cookies is from the unsalted butter and the M&Ms chocolate candies. The M&Ms can easily be replaced with more chocolate chips, and you can of course use dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips.

I haven’t tried replacing the butter, but you should be able to use Melt brand vegan butter, or even Earth Balance brand buttery sticks. I don’t generally like Earth Balance buttery sticks because they have so much moisture, but if you’d like to try using it, you might want to eliminate the extra egg yolk in the recipe.

Egg-free: The single whole egg in this recipe should be able to be replaced with 1 “chia egg” (1 tablespoon ground white chia seeds + 1 tablespoon lukewarm water, mixed and allowed to gel). The egg yolk is in the recipe for moisture, so you can try replacing it with about a tablespoon or so of smooth applesauce. I’m afraid you’ll just have to experiment!

M&Ms chocolate candies: If you live in the U.S., most plain varieties of M&Ms chocolate candies are gluten free. I do understand that if you’re in Australia, M&Ms aren’t gluten free. Just use miniature chocolate chips or even raisins!

Peanut butter: I specify “no-stir” smooth peanut butter in this recipe, as I do in most recipes that I write that contain peanut butter as an ingredient. All “no-stir” means is that the oil in the jar of peanut butter doesn’t separate significantly from the rest of the nut butter in the jar.

Most commercially prepared peanut butter is no-stir. My favorite brand is Skippy, but I also sometimes use Barney Butter—although it tends to be quite expensive. Even the “natural” kind of Skippy says on the outside “no need to stir.”

If you need to make this recipe without peanuts, I’m sure a similar style of almond butter (like Barney Butter) would work great. If you need the recipe to be nut-free, you can try replacing the nut butter with Wowbutter, which seems nice and creamy.

Oats: In the U.S., there are certified gluten free oats that are grown on dedicated gluten-free fields and stored in dedicated silos. As I note in the recipe below, I never buy oats that are more processed than old-fashioned rolled oats.

For oat flour, I simply grind them in a blender or food processor as finely as possible. For quick-cooking oats, I process them very quickly with just a few pulses in a food processor (a blender tends to grind oats into flour completely).

Oats can be replaced in baking. Oat flour should be replaced with quinoa flakes and the old-fashioned oats with beaten rice, but click through the link in the previous sentence for a complete explanation.


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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 16 cookies


1 cup (120 g) oat flour (certified gluten free if necessary)*

1 1/2 cups (150 g) old-fashioned rolled oats, processed slightly (certified gluten free if necessary)*

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

4 tablespoons (56 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup (128 g) smooth, no-stir peanut butter

1 egg (50 g, weighed out of shell) + 1 egg yolk (25 g) at room temperature, beaten

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup (218 g) packed light brown sugar

5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

5 ounces miniature M&Ms chocolate candies (gluten free in the U.S.)

*I never buy oat flour or even quick-cooking oats. I just process old-fashioned rolled oats in a food processor or blender either a little (quick-cooking oats) or a lot (oat flour).


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and set it aside.

  • In a medium-size bowl, place the oat flour, oats, baking soda, and salt, and whisk to combine. Set the bowl aside. In a large bowl, place the butter, peanut butter, egg and egg yolk, vanilla, and brown sugar, and mix well. Add the oat flour mixture to the large bowl, and mix until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and M&Ms candies and mix until the pieces are evenly distributed throughout the dough. The dough will be thick but should not be stiff.

  • Using a spring-loaded ice cream scoop or two spoons and scoop the dough into mounds about 2 1/2 tablespoons each onto the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart from one another. Using wet fingers, press each mound down into a disk about 1/2-inch thick.

  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly brown around the edges, set in the center and the top of each cookie has taken on a crackled appearance. Allow the cookies to sit on the baking sheet for 10 minutes or until set. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. These cookies also freeze amazingly well in a sealed freezer-safe container.


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  • Robyn
    September 22, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    These are fantastic!! Both of us are celiac and neither of us has a problem with certified gf oats.
    Thanks so much for the tip on making your own oat flour.

    • Nicole Hunn
      September 22, 2018 at 6:34 PM

      My pleasure, Robyn! I see no need to buy oat flour. :)

  • Denise Zavala
    September 16, 2018 at 10:14 PM

    How should you store these, and do they stay fresh/chewy for a couple days?

    • Nicole Hunn
      September 17, 2018 at 8:09 AM

      They’ll keep fresh for at least a few days in a sealed container at room temperature, Denise, but I always store extra cookies in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer since they’ll keep for a long time like that. Freezer burn is a result of trapping air in the container, so be sure to squeeze out as much air as possible.

  • Diane Braga
    September 16, 2018 at 9:11 PM

    Nicole these cookies are amazing ! Thank you for sharing your tips. Easy to make in no time at all and came out great the very first try.
    My husband and grandaughter love them !!

    • Nicole Hunn
      September 17, 2018 at 8:08 AM

      So glad, Diane!

  • Jessica
    September 16, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    These will be PERFECT for my Celiac son and bake sale at work! Off to the kitchen I go! I appreciate you and your dedication to the cause.

  • Barb
    September 16, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Most celiacs can eat oats once disease is controlled. My dietician says it is healthiest for non sensitive celiacs to eat oats than not to eat oats as GF diets tend to be low fiber. Oatmeal can also lower lipid levels. As a physician who is also Celiac I trust my dietician completely as her goal is my good health,

    Many M and Ms in Canada are GF although “special occasion “ones may not be. In Canada if it has a contains or may contain statement that doesn’t list wheat or gluten it is gluten free. To make this claim the food ingredients must be reliably traced back to its origins. Luckily Canada, Australia and New Zealand are very progressive with food labeling laws.

    There are too many gluten and Celiac misconceptions out there so let’s not add to them.

    • Nicole Hunn
      September 17, 2018 at 8:06 AM

      Thank for your comment, Barb, and the information about M&Ms in Canada.

  • Stephanie Kast
    September 16, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Would I be able to freeze the dough before cooking?

    • Nicole Hunn
      September 17, 2018 at 8:06 AM

      I haven’t tried that specifically, Stephanie, but I generally have great success freezing cookie dough. Just portion and shape it, then freeze it on a baking sheet. Pile it into a freezer safe bag and return to the freezer. Before you’re ready to bake, let the dough thaw to room temperature. If you bake it from frozen, it won’t spread enough.

  • Betty Baxter
    September 16, 2018 at 11:40 AM

    These look so good but I need sugar free and gluten free. Do you have any recipes like this?
    Thank you,

    • Nicole Hunn
      September 17, 2018 at 8:03 AM

      You can try using your favorite alternative sugar replacements, Betty, but I’m afraid I don’t have recipes that are specifically sugar-free. Sorry!

  • Jeanette
    September 16, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    M&M’s in Canada other than pretzel ones are gf. They do recommend always checking the label of course. Great recipe!

    • Nicole Hunn
      September 17, 2018 at 8:02 AM

      Great to know, Jeanette! Thanks for sharing that info.

  • Karen
    September 16, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Most oatmeal including the namebrand is not gluten free so the company told me so make sure
    it’s gluten free if you are going for gluten free. I’m wondering about subbing almond flour??

    • Nicole Hunn
      September 17, 2018 at 8:01 AM

      Yes, Karen, if you are gluten free, your oats should be certified gluten free. Please see a full discussion here. You cannot use almond flour in place of oats. Please see the “ingredients and substitutions” section of the post for information on substitutions.

  • Rosalind Frizzell
    September 16, 2018 at 1:55 AM

    I read the title of your cookie Nicole, as it specifically says Gluten Free. I have Celiacs and am weary of any recipe that includes Oats. But after reading your comments, suggestions and recipe I am doubtful and too afraid that this recipe would make me ill and send me to the hospital. Too often the words Gluten Free are casually used in a title and then after further reading, I discover the gluten-free terminology isn’t taken seriously. True gluten free does not include Oats. For those without Gluten issues, your recipe sounds like a good chewy & tasty cookie. Best wishes to you and your future recipes.

    • Nicole Hunn
      September 16, 2018 at 8:28 AM

      Rosalind, if this recipe isn’t for you, then, of course, feel free to pass it on by. You are ultimately responsible for your own health. But I’ve never used the term “gluten free” casually or lightly, having a celiac son and writing a gluten free blog since 2009. I find your statements about oats to be overbroad and inaccurate.

  • Gayle
    September 15, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    I made a double batch today, no M&Ms, doubled the chocolate chips. They are outstanding! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Nicole Hunn
      September 16, 2018 at 8:29 AM

      Awesome, Gayle! I love that you went all in with the double batch right away. ?

  • Leann
    September 14, 2018 at 10:00 PM

    Thank you so much for the recipe. I have never made Monster cookies, these were quick and easy! I did have to make 1 substitution because I am not sure Mini M&Ms are GF in Canada. I used Mini Reeses pieces and loved them in there. I am not claiming any improvements, just thought other Canadians would be interested too.

    • Nicole Hunn
      September 15, 2018 at 8:27 AM

      That’s definitely useful information, Leann! And it sounds like a great combo. Thanks for the report!

  • Ireann
    September 14, 2018 at 7:58 PM

    Thank you for making a cookie recipe that is rice flour free!

    • Nicole Hunn
      September 15, 2018 at 8:29 AM

      You’re welcome, Ireann! If you can’t have rice flour, definitely check out two categories here on the blog: Paleo recipes, and flourless baking.

  • Sharon Hastings
    September 14, 2018 at 7:03 PM

    I have celiac disease. Always looking for recipes.

  • Carol
    September 14, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    I appreciate you sharing this recipe and alterations.
    My daughter did the gluten-free test with me. So, now I’m looking for recipes I can make and afford.
    Your time and understanding spirit are appreciated.

    • Nicole Hunn
      September 14, 2018 at 5:46 PM

      My pleasure, Carol. Welcome!

  • Valerie
    September 14, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Will this recipe work with gluten-free baking flour instead of the oat flour?

    • Nicole Hunn
      September 14, 2018 at 1:07 PM

      I haven’t tried that, Valerie, but I’m afraid I really don’t recommend it. It sounds like you’re looking for something more like my recipe for thick and chewy gluten free oatmeal cookies.

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