4-ingredient peanut butter cookies

Learn how to make healthy 4-ingredient vegan peanut butter cookies with no eggs or dairy! A crunchy vegan peanut butter cookie 100% gluten-free and grain-free.

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How to make healthy peanut butter cookies ?

These healthy peanut butter cookies are made with only 4 ingredients including nourishing low-carb flours and unrefined sugar. Namely almond flour and coconut flour, both are high-fiber and high-protein flours. As a result, these cookies are very fulfilling and make the best vegan snacks.

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Easy peanut butter cookies

They are not only healthy but also very easy to make! You don’t even need a flax egg or coconut oil or vegan butter to make these healthy cookies! All you need to make them are 4 simple ingredients.

  • Peanut butter make sure you are natural peanut butter. I always recommend using fresh, smooth peanut butter with no added oil or sugar. Of course, you can use nut butter like almond butter or cashew butter in this recipe. Simply make sure its fresh from the jar, runny and smooth.
  • Liquid sweetenermaple syrup is delicious but if you want a low-fructose, low-glycaemic index sweetener, try brown rice syrup. Don’t use crystal sweetener like brown sugar or white sugar. The vegan cookies will be too dry and the batter won’t come together
  • Coconut flour – fresh, no lumps
  • Almond flour use fine blanched almond flour for best results. Almond meal is coarser and makes the cookies a bit dry. You can also replace almond flour by oat flour.

How to make vegan peanut butter cookie?

This 4-ingredients healthy peanut butter cookie recipe is the most easy recipe on earth.

Step 1: combine the wet ingredients

In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup and natural peanut butter together. You can add vanilla extract at this point if desired.

Step 2: stir in dry ingredients

Stir in coconut flour and almond flour. If you want to add some vegan chocolate chips, chia seeds or flax seed add them with the flour mixture. Combine with a spoon until it form the peanut butter cookie dough.

How to eat your vegan cookie?

The best way to serve cookies, vegan or not is with a glass of creamy beverage. It can be a vegan smoothie or a glass of soy milk or almond milk. If you can find vanilla almond milk at the store, it will make the most delicious combo with these peanut butter cookies.

Is peanut butter good for you?

Peanut butter can be seen as high in calories and fat. However, if eaten in moderate amounts, it’s a great addition to a vegan diet or low-carb diet. In fact, peanut butter provides many health benefits, let’s see what you get in 1 cup of peanut butter:

  • 58g plant-based protein which makes it perfect to refuel after a workout or create fulfilling snacks
  • 12g fiber – good for your gut health and fulfilling
  • healthy fats and low-carb – yes, peanut butter contains saturated fat, the one we all want to avoid. But, also 50% of peanut butter fat is coming from healthy, monounsaturated fat , the same good fat found in olive oil.

However, if you still thick peanut butter is too high in saturated fat, you can swap for almond butter.

Crunchy healthy cookies

These cookies are crunchy, not soft! They are delicious as a healthy snack or post-workout protein treat. Plus, they store very well in a cookie jar as they are egg-free peanut butter cookies! Finally, you can also freeze them in an airtight container to meal-prep your weekly snacks.

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What can I add to vegan peanut butter cookies ?

There is always a way to make peanut butter cookies better. To boost the flavors of these vegan cookie recipe, add some of the addition below:

  • Chocolate chip – add up to 1/3 cup of vegan chocolate chips into the vegan cookie batter
  • Baking powder or baking soda – this is optional but if you like your vegan cookie a bit more fluffy, you can add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda or 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder in the recipe.
  • Sea salt – a pinch of sea salt enhance this peanut butter cookie recipe flavor of cookies. Of course, don’t add sea salt if you used salted natural peanut butter or your vegan cookie will be very salty
  • Vanilla extract – you can add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract into the peanut butter cookie dough
  • Xanthan gum if you are new to grain free baking, xantham gum helps flours bind together and adds a little chew to cookies. For a chewy peanut butter cookie add 1/4 teaspoon of xantham gum in the cookie dough. Be aware that to make an healthy peanut butter cookie recipe I don’t recommend using xanthan gum. It can cause bloating.
  • Chia seeds of flax seeds – 1 tablespoon of seed can be added in the cookie dough to boost the protein and healthy omega 3

 

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Your friend, Carine

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Healthy peanut butter cookies

Healthy peanut butter cookies are easy 4-ingredient vegan peanut butter cookies with almond flour
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, English
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: healthy peanut butter cookies, vegan cookies, vegan snack
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 118kcal
Author: Carine

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Peanut butter - smooth, fresh, no added sugar, no added oil
  • 1/4 cup Maple syrup - or brown rice syrup for low fructose, low sugar or monk fruit syrup for keto
  • 1/2 cup Almond flour - or oat flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Coconut flour - or all-purpose flour

Optional adds-on

Instructions

  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir in fresh peanut butter with maple syrup until creamy and consistent.
  • Stir in almond flour and coconut flour. Use a spoon at first, then knead the dough with your hands to form a cookie dough ball.
  • Divide ball into 12 small cookies balls and place each balls onto the prepared cookie sheet, leaving 1 thumb space between each balls. The cookies don't expand while baking.
  • Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Use a fork to gently press each cookie balls into a thick disk. I recommend pressing, two times, forming a cross on top of each cookie. Don't press too hard or the cookies crumble on the sides. If so, use your hands to smooth sides.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the top and sides of the cookies are golden brown.
  • Slide a spatula under each cookie to transfer them onto a cooling rack.
  • Cool for 1 hour before eating. The cookies are slightly soft when out of the oven and get hard and crunchy after they cool down.

Notes

Sweetener : you can use any liquid sweetener you love, like agave syrup, brown rice syrup, date syrup, sugar-free monk fruit syrup 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.1g | Protein: 3.6g | Fat: 6.6g | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 5.8g
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Vegan peanut butter cookies

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  1. Elise

    Would this still work if I used regular flour? I am dairy free, but not vegan and I would really like to try these!

    • Carine

      I didn’t try that but you can try my 3 ingredients peanut butter cookie recipe here and replace the oat flour by all purpose flour. That will definetly work. Enjoy the cookies. XOXO Carine

    • Carine

      I didn’t try the recipe with almond flour only and unfortunately you can’t replace coconut flour by the same amount of coconut flour. Coconut flour is highly liquid absorbent, so to reach the same texture you may need for 4 times more almond flour than the amount of coconut flour I used in this recipe. And they may come out crumbly. So you can replace the coconut flour by regular flour (or all purpose gluten free flour). I hope it helps, XOXO Carine

    • Fiona

      5 stars
      Deelicious. I measured the almond flour into the same cup as the nut butter without washing it and poured in too much almond flour – couldn’t put it back (!) so decided just to top up the total with the coconut flour. You are so right. Too much almond flour meant I had to add more coconut flour for consistency. And the moral is have two cups or wash between use! I mixed almond and cashew butters (peanut allergy). Next time I will use one or the other.

  2. Rae

    Hello! since the coconut flour is highly absorbent, is it still okay to use the same amount of all-purpose flour in place of the coconut flour?

    • Carine

      I didn’t try that if you do you may need to add way more all-purpose flour probably 2-4 times more to reach the same texture and liquid absorption. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

    • Carine

      I am glad to hear that, I don’t use honey in my recipes simply because it is not vegan but I am sure many follower will be to know it works with it too! XOXO Carine

  3. Laura

    5 stars
    I made these as per instructions the other day and they were great and crunchy. . I used sukrin gold syrup and was wondering if there is a non syrup alternative (keto) I could try, as in granulated or powdered sweetener, if so in what amounts? I had an experiment but it went wrong…….
    Thanks very much.

  4. Amy

    Thank u so much for this recipe. Can i use oats flour instead of almond flour and dessicated coconut instead of coconut fl⁷our?

    • Carine

      Unfortunately you can’t swap a liquid sweetener by a crystal sweetener or the texture will be off, the dough won’t come together. You can use any liquid sweetener like agave, rice syrup, date syrup. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

  5. Madi

    5 stars
    This recipe is very good! I used pb2 powder and it worked great! I also drizzled the dark chocolate on top instead of dipping it. I definitely reccomond this recipe. The only downside is that I was looking for a recipe that would taste like bettys bakery vegan gf peanut butter cookie, this recipe did not taste like that at all. These cookies do taste great with almond milk!

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