These 5-Ingredient Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies are the best healthy peanut butter cookies, 100% refined sugar-free, egg-free, and gluten-free. Bonus, this recipe takes less than 20 minutes to make for bringing a healthy snack to your table in no time.
What Are Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies?
Almond flour cookies are healthier than wheat-based cookies because almond flour is:
- Lower in Carbs – it won’t spike your blood sugar level as wheat, and therefore you won’t crave as much sweet.
- High in Fibers that keep you full.
- Plant-based Proteins that are also fulfilling.
- Healthy Fat
But, this doesn’t mean that all almond flour cookies are healthy. It also depends on how much sugar, type of sugar, and ingredients are mixed to them.
Here, I am sharing healthy peanut butter cookies with almond flour made with no eggs, no dairy, and refined sugar-free.
Therefore, these cookies are vegan, gluten-free peanut butter cookies naturally:
- Keto-friendly – see the options below.
Making Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies
The best part about these peanut butter cookies is that all you need to make them are only five simple pantry ingredients. Plus, even if these are vegan peanut butter cookies, you don’t even need fancy egg replacers like flax egg to make them work.
Even your kids can make this cookie dough and enjoy baking some delicious cookies that are good for them.
- Natural Peanut Butter – this is the butter with only one ingredient; peanuts (and perhaps salt). Don’t confuse it with peanut butter spreads that hide added sugar and oil. These won’t make the cookies healthy or as good in texture. Also, make sure you use a fresh jar of peanut butter to have creamy peanut butter with no dry parts. Find out how to pick vegan peanut butter.
- Maple Syrup – or any liquid sweetener you love, including brown rice syrup, agave syrup, coconut nectar, or for keto peanut butter cookies with almond flour, use sugar-free Monk fruit syrup. You can’t use granulated sweeteners like brown sugar or coconut sugar in this recipe. The batter wouldn’t hold together.
- Vanilla Extract
- Salt – skip if your peanut butter is already salted.
- Blanched Almond Flour – preferably use ultra-fine almond flour. It’s golden in color, light, and ultra-fine in texture. I don’t recommend almond meal because the cookies come out grainy and dark.
- Baking Powder or half the quantity in baking soda.
Cookie dough batter
Nothing fancy here. All you need is a mixing bowl and a spatula to mix the peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla into a creamy paste.
Then, stir in almond flour and baking powder until a sticky cookie dough forms.
Baking the cookies
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lightly oil your paper with coconut oil. This prevents the cookies from sticking to the paper.
Then, divide the cookie dough into six balls or twelve for tiny peanut butter cookies. Then, roll the balls between the palms of your hands and place them on the baking sheet leaving half thumb space between each ball.
Use the back of a fork to flatten the cookie dough balls and form a cross on top, as seen in the pictures below.
Place the cookie sheet in the center rack of the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Don’t overbake peanut butter cookies made with almond flour or the almond flour burns, and they come out dark and hard.
The cookies are still very soft when hot, straight out from the oven, and that’s normal. Cool the cookies down 10 minutes on the baking sheet, then gently slide a spatula or flat tool under each peanut butter cookie to transfer them to a cooling rack
The cookies need cooling for at least 15-30 minutes to deliver their best crunchy texture. They harden as they cool down, so be patient.
These peanut butter cookies have no eggs nor dairy, and therefore they store very well non-refrigerated. Place the cookies in a cookie jar at room temperature and keep them for up to one week.
You can use this recipe with different options based on your diet requirements. For example, you can swap:
- Peanut butter for almond butter or seed butter like sunflower seed butter or tahini. The carbs in peanut butter are higher than almond butter, so for a low-carb peanut butter cookie with almond flour, swap or use half-half. Keep in mind that seed butter sometimes turns food greenish and bitter.
- Maple syrup for sugar-free liquid syrup if you are on a low-carb or keto diet. It’s best if made of Monk fruit or fiber syrup because some sugar-free syrups contain water, and the cookies wouldn’t firm up as well with them.
- Almond flour – sesame flour, sunflower seed flour usually work well in a 1:1 ratio.
There are so many ways to boost the flavors and texture of these simple 5-ingredients peanut butter cookies. You can add:
- 1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips – who doesn’t like healthy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.
- 1/4 cup of crunchy peanuts or simply use natural crunchy peanut butter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sometimes, even the easiest cookie recipes don’t go as planned. Below I listed the most common issue you can encounter with these healthy peanut butter cookies with some tips to fix it.
My Cookie Dough Is Too Dry
A dry dough won’t come together, and it will crumble apart. This happens if your dough lacks moisture.
It can be that your peanut butter jar was old and not creamy, so some oil is missing, or you used a liquid sweetener high in fiber like Monk fruit.
If so, add a bit of melted coconut oil to help the dough come together, one teaspoon at a time.
My Cookie Dough Is Too Wet
You added too much liquid. It could be that you have added too much syrup or peanut butter.
To balance the extra moisture, add more almond flour, one tablespoon at a time, until you can form a soft cookie dough ball.
My Cookies Burnt In The Oven
Almond is very sensitive to heat, way more than wheat, and it can burn fast if you bake your cookies for too long or too close to the top or bottom rack.
Always bake almond flour cookies on the center rack. If you can use a convection mode rather than classic mode, it keeps the color of the cookie nice and golden.
Don’t exceed 15 minutes of baking time, or the almond flour burns.
My Cookies Have A Gritty Dough
You probably have used almond meal. It’s a coarse flour made from raw almonds.
Unfortunately, if you have already prepared the dough, you can’t remove the grainy texture coming from the almond meal but next time, aim for blanched, ultra-fine almond flour.
I have so many almond flour cookie recipes on the blog for you to try. Below are the top recipes we’ve shared recently.
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Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly oil with coconut oil. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until smooth and well combined.
- Stir in almond flour and baking powder until it forms a cookie dough batter.
- Form 6 dough balls and place them on the baking sheet leaving half a thumb of space between each ball. Flatten them with the back of a fork to form a cross on top of the cookies.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool them down for 10 minutes on the rack, then gently slide a spatula under each cookie to transfer to a cooling rack.
- Wait for 30 minutes to 1 hour to enjoy their full crunchy texture and flavors.
- Store the vegan cookies for up to 4 days at room temperature in a sealed cookie jar.