Healthy peanut butter cookies with a crunchy texture and melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter flavor. Bonus, these 4 ingredients peanut butter cookies are made with almond flour and coconut flour, which means they are also gluten-free, paleo, and grain-free!
What are healthy peanut butter cookies?
Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies are healthier cookies with a delicious peanut butter flavor, but they are also:
- Refined sugar-free
Also, the best healthy peanut butter cookies are made with gluten-free gluten-free low-carb flour – almond flour and coconut flour. Low-carb flours are great flours to keep your blood sugar level stable for longer.
Plus, they are high in fiber and very fulfilling, which means you won’t overeat these easy healthy vegan coconut flour peanut butter cookies.
How to make healthy peanut butter cookies?
These are 4-ingredient vegan peanut butter cookies. That means they are made without eggs or butter. Instead, they simply use nourishing plant-based ingredients to keep your cookies:
- High in protein
- Low in sugar
- High in fiber – almond flour and coconut flour, both are high-fiber and high-protein flour. As a result, these cookies are very fulfilling and make the best vegan cookies.
- Low in saturated fats
All you need to make these easy healthy peanut butter cookies with no eggs are 4 simple ingredients.
They are not only healthy but also straightforward to make! You don’t even need a flax egg or coconut oil, or vegan butter to make these healthy cookies!
- 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. Make sure it’s fresh from the jar, runny and smooth.
- Maple syrup – Or any liquid sweetener you love. For example, if you want a low-fructose, low-glycemic index sweetener, try brown rice syrup. For a keto vegan cookie, use monk fruit syrup. But don’t use crystal sweeteners 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 with oat flour.
Are all 4 or 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies vegan?
Not all 4-ingredient vegan cookies have no eggs. So to make a vegan peanut butter cookie, use ingredients that are all vegan!
Keep on reading to find out how to make a super easy peanut butter cookie recipe!
How to make a vegan peanut butter cookie?
There is nothing easier than these peanut butter cookies with almond flour and maple syrup. The cookie batter is ready in 15 minutes, and they are easy to whip by anyone looking for an easy peanut butter cookie recipe.
Combining Wet Ingredients
In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup and natural peanut butter. You can add vanilla extract at this point if desired.
Stirring in Dry Ingredients
Stir in coconut flour and almond flour. If you want to add some vegan chocolate chips, chia seeds, or flaxseed, add them with the flour mixture. Combine with a spoon until it forms the peanut butter cookie dough.
Adding Chocolate Chips
This is totally optional, but these vegan cookies taste so much better with 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips!
Baking the Peanut Butter Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and arrange each cookie dough ball on the tray, leaving a half thumb space between each ball.
Then, use the back of a fork to press down the cookies and shape a cross shape on top. Bake until your almond flour peanut butter cookies are golden brown.
Cooling the Cookies Down
Cool the cookies on a wire rack at room temperature. Enjoy immediately or store in a cookie jar in the pantry.
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. Vanilla almond milk makes 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:
- 58 grams of plant-based protein, making it perfect for refueling after a workout or creating fulfilling snacks.
- 12 grams of 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. Also, 50% of peanut butter’s fat comes from healthy, monounsaturated fat, the same good fat found in olive oil.
However, if you still think 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.
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 this vegan cookie recipe, add some of the addition below:
- Chocolate chips. Add up to 1/3 cup of vegan chocolate chips into the vegan cookie batter.
- Baking powder or baking soda 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 to the recipe.
- Sea salt – a pinch of sea salt enhances 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, xanthan gum helps flours bind together and adds a little chew to cookies. For a chewy peanut butter cookie, add 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum to the cookie dough. Be aware that to make a 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 to the cookie dough to boost protein and healthy omega-3.
More vegan cookies with peanut butter
If you love vegan peanut butter cookies, I recommend you try the following recipes:
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Your friend, Carine
Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies
Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies are easy 4-ingredient vegan peanut butter cookies with almond flour.
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 118 kcal
- Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- 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 the ball into 12 small cookie balls and place each ball onto the prepared cookie sheet, leaving 1 thumb space between each ball. The cookies don't expand while baking.
- Use a fork to gently press each cookie ball 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 smoothen the sides.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies' top and sides 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.
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Sweetener: you can use any liquid sweetener you love, like agave syrup, brown rice syrup, date syrup, sugar-free monk fruit syrup.
Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.1g | Protein: 3.6g | Fat: 6.6g | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 5.8g