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healthy peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips from the side
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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

These healthy Peanut Butter Cookies are a great treat for children and adults alike. The recipe is vegan (eggless, dairy-free), gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb, and can be made keto-friendly!
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

For The Cookies

  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax seeds + 6 tbsp water, *see notes)
  • 3 tbsp (48 g) peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) ground nuts/seeds of choice (*see notes)
  • 2 tbsp (20 g) coconut flour (*see notes)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp sweetener of choice (*see notes)

Add-Ins (Optional)

Instructions

  • You can watch the video in the post for visual instructions.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • To make the flax eggs, simply add ground flax seeds and water to a small bowl, whisk and set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Combine the dry ingredients for the cookies in a bowl and whisk. Add the wet ingredients and mix with a hand mixer or spoon. If the dough appears too dry, simply add a little more water or plant-based milk.
  • Add-Ins: You can also add 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of vegan chocolate chips or raisins. Use nuts/seeds of choice for a keto version.
  • Scoop about 1 heaped tablespoon of the dough into your hands and form a ball. Place the dough balls onto your lined baking tray. Gently press each dough ball down and bake the cookies in the oven for 13-16 minutes. This recipe makes just a small batch of 6 cookies.
  • Let cool completely and enjoy. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container, either on the counter for just a few days or in the fridge for about a week.

Notes

  • Flax eggs: You can also use ground chia seeds instead of flax seeds. Half of a large banana (mashed) or 1/4 cup of applesauce should work fine as well.
  • Nuts/seeds: You can use any ground nuts (e.g. ground almonds = almond flour), desiccated coconut, or seeds of choice.
  • Coconut flour: If you don't have coconut flour you can use the double amount of a different flour, for example, 4 tablespoons of oat flour. Read the blog post above for more information.
  • Sweetener: I used a sugar-free sweetener but you could use coconut sugar, date sugar, or regular sugar if you don't mind whether the cookies are low-carb or not. A liquid sweetener like maple syrup is also fine but then you will need to add a little more flour. Use Erythritol (e.g. Swerve) for a keto version.
  • Add a pinch of sea salt if your peanut butter brand doesn't contain salt.
  • Check the step-by-step process shots above in the blog post.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies
Serving Size
 
1 cookie
Amount per Serving
Calories
140
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12
g
18
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
15
%
Carbohydrates
 
7
g
2
%
Fiber
 
3
g
12
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.