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These peanut butter cookies were divinely inspired and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out! I’ve always loved peanut butter desserts and couldn’t get enough of them as a kid. So, it’s about time I have a peanut butter cookie recipe on here for old-times sake! All jokes aside, these are the best peanut butter cookies I’ve ever eaten and my entire family agrees.
These cookies are the perfect balance of soft, crumbly and chewy all at the same time with the most amazing crunchy outside from being rolled in sugar. The taste is sweet but they leave you feeling great with high protein ingredients. They’re also incredibly easy to make and don’t require any chilling time! Made with almond flour, this recipe is completely gluten free and grain free but, they can also be made paleo with a couple adjustments. I hope you enjoy and make these cookies again and again!
Peanut Butter Cookies
These cookies are not only delicious and full of flavor, they’re also gluten free, grain free, dairy free and soy free.
More Healthy Cookies
I have quite a few cookie recipes on the blog that are gluten free, grain free and dairy free. Here are a few you might want to check out!
- Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free + Dairy Free).
- Paleo Orange Cranberry Cookies (Gluten Free + Dairy Free).
- Double Chocolate Cookies (Grain Free + Dairy Free).
- Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Cookies (Grain Free + Dairy Free).
Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies Ingredients:
Creamy peanut butter: Use creamy peanut butter instead of crunchy as that would change the texture. I use an all natural peanut butter that requires stirring so, that’s what I recommend when making these.
Coconut oil: This oil has a beautifully sweet taste. Melt and let it cool to room temperature before adding to the wet ingredients, in order to avoid clumping. If you want, you can always substitute melted butter.
Coconut sugar: This is an unrefined sugar that has a light maple flavor to it. It can also be substituted with brown sugar.
Cane sugar: I love organic cane sugar to avoid a lot of processing. But, any cane sugar will work in this recipe and you can even replace it with more coconut sugar to make this recipe refined sugar free.
Egg: I haven’t tried using an egg replacement in this recipe, so let me know if you try one!
Vanilla extract: A little touch of this ingredient elevates any cookie recipe.
Almond flour: This is a grain free flour that works to create a light texture that’s perfect for desserts. Make sure to use blanched almond flour and NOT almond meal.
Tapioca starch: Just a little bit of this starch acts as a binder in this recipe in order to replace any gluten-containing grains.
Baking soda: The leavening agent in this recipe.
Sea salt: Feel free to adjust the salt level or leave it out, if you like.
Peanut Butter Cookies Easy Tips:
If you want to make these cookies paleo, you can do that with a couple replacements. Simply swap out the peanut butter for creamy almond butter or cashew butter and replace all the cane sugar with more coconut sugar.
This cookie recipe does NOT require chill time in the fridge, so you can bake them right away! If you do want to make the dough ahead of time, you can store it covered in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Then, let the dough warm up at room temperature for 10 minutes before baking.
You can make these cookies in one bowl, but I recommend using two bowls. Mixing your dry ingredients separate from the wet ingredients will ensure you don’t have any clumps.
If you want to lower the sugar in these cookies, you can leave out the extra sugar for rolling and adjust the level of sugar to your needs.
I like to use unbleached parchment paper when baking cookies. It makes cleanup really easy and creates the perfect, lightly crispy bottom without burning. If you choose not to use parchment paper, grease your pan with a little coconut oil and check on the cookies while baking in order to avoid burning them.
Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe (Gluten Free + Dairy Free)
Keyword: peanut butter cookies
Author: Adrianne from Bananasaboutlife.com
Yield: about 18 cookies
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter (only peanuts and salt)(or sub another nut butter)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted and cooled to room temperature)
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup almond flour (blanched)
- 1 Tablespoon tapioca starch
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- a pinch sea salt
- 1/4 cup organic cane sugar (for rolling the cookies in)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set these aside while you make your cookie dough.
- In a large mixing bowl beat peanut butter, melted coconut oil, coconut sugar and cane sugar until smooth. I use an electric mixer to get it very smooth but a whisk will also work well. Then, add in the egg and vanilla and mix again.
- In a separate smaller bowl, combine almond flour, tapioca starch, baking soda and sea salt until there no large clumps. Transfer the dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients and stir together.
- When you have your cookie dough, form a large tablespoon of dough into a ball using your hands and gently roll in the cane sugar until completely covered.
- Continue this process for each dough ball and place on your cookie sheet with a little room in between. (These cookies don’t grow too much while baking).
- Use the back of a fork to gently press down each dough ball and follow a second time to form an “X”.
- Bake each sheet for 10-12 minutes or until they’re done to your liking.
More Healthy Desserts
If you’re interested in more healthy desserts, please consider taking a look at some of these!
- Healthy Blueberry Crisp (Gluten Free + Vegan).
- Cherry Pie Bars Recipe (Paleo + Vegan).
- Dairy Free Oatmeal Fudge Bars (Gluten Free + Vegan).
Thank You For Stopping By
This post is a recipe for healthier peanut butter cookies as they’re gluten free, grain free and dairy free. If you make these cookies, feel free to leave a comment below letting me know how you like them! I’d love to hear from you and any questions or concerns so, let me know if I can help you in any way. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and have a good day!