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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

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This healthy peanut butter cookies recipe is so tasty and easy to make by hand with just 7 ingredients.

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

My go-to recipe for when I’m craving a batch of warm, delicious, and slightly-healthier cookies…stat. ♡

These peanut butter cookies are always here to save the day. They’re wonderfully low fuss with just 10 minutes of prep time and only require 7 basic ingredients that are likely already hanging out in your pantry. They’re naturally gluten-free and dairy-free and made with a chewy oatmeal base. There’s no mixer or chill time required here. And even without the usual flour and butter, these peanut butter cookies are still downright delicious.

Feel free to stir some chocolate chips, nuts, or other add-ins to the dough if you’d like. And I definitely recommend a little sprinkle of flaky sea salt for a crunchy finish.

Let’s bake some cookies together!

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookie Ingredients

Here are a few notes about the ingredients you will need to make this healthy peanut butter cookies recipe:

  • Natural creamy peanut butter: This recipe was developed with natural creamy peanut butter made from 100% peanuts. (The consistency of natural peanut butter varies significantly from traditional peanut butter.) As always, be sure to give your jar of natural pb a good stir before adding it to the recipe.
  • Old fashioned oats: Old fashioned oats (aka “rolled” oats) will serve as the base for these cookies. If you want to make this recipe gluten-free, be sure to check labels to ensure that your oats are certified gluten-free.
  • Eggs: We will use eggs to help bind all of the ingredients together.
  • Brown sugarI typically make this recipe with light brown sugar, but other forms of granulated sugar may work well too.
  • Baking soda: Baking soda will serve as our leavening agent to help the cookie dough rise.
  • Vanilla extractA hint of vanilla extract brings out the best of the peanut butter flavor.
  • SaltAnd finally, we will use fine sea salt in the cookie dough to bring out the best of all of those flavors. Then I also highly recommend sprinkling a pinch of flaky sea salt on the cookies after baking.
  • (Optional) Chocolate chips or nuts: Feel free to also add in a handful of semisweet chocolate chips or chopped nuts (such as pecans or walnuts) if you would like!

Step by step photos showing how to make peanut butter cookies

Peanut Butter Cookie Tips

Before we get to the full recipe below, here are a few additional tips to keep in mind when making these peanut butter cookies:

  • Use natural peanut butter. Again, this recipe was developed using natural peanut butter, which you can either purchase at the store or make homemade. The texture/consistency will not be the same if traditional peanut butter is used.
  • Save time with a cookie scoop. You’re totally welcome to just use a spoon to scoop the batter into roughly 2-tablespoon balls. But if you’d like to save time, a medium cookie scoop makes measuring and scooping the batter a breeze.
  • Be sure to flatten the cookies slightly. This batter doesn’t rise and spread very much on its own, so I recommend patting the cookies down slightly before baking.

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Sea Salt Closeup

Recipe Variations

Here are a few additional variations that you are welcome to try with this recipe:

  • Add cocoa powder: Add 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder to the batter if you would like to make it more chocolatey.
  • Add cinnamon: Add 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon to the batter if you would like a hint of cinnamon flavor.
  • Use different chocolate chips: Use any other favorite kinds of baking chips (i.e. butterscotch, white chocolate, peanut butter, Heath bar chips, M&Ms, etc) in place of semisweet chocolate chips.

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Author: Ali
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: About 15 cookies 1x

Description

This tasty healthy peanut butter cookies recipe is quick and easy to make by hand with just 7 ingredients.


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Prep oven and baking sheet. Heat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Mix the dough. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs and brown sugar together until smooth. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt evenly over the top of the mixture and stir until combined. Add in the vanilla, peanut butter, and stir until combined. Add in the oats (and chocolate chips or nuts, if using) and stir until evenly combined.
  3. Scoop the dough. Use a medium (2 tablespoon) cookie scoop to scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Gently press down the dough balls to slightly flatten the tops, since they will not spread much while baking.
  4. Bake. Bake for 10 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and sprinkle each cookie with a small pinch of flaky sea salt. Let the cookies cool for at least 5 minutes.
  5. Serve. Serve warm and enjoy!


Notes

Storage instructions: Cookies can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

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153 comments on “Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. Hi there Ali! My name is Sofi! My friends mother just passed away. I want to give them these AMAZING cookies but they can’t have specific foods. DO you mind posting a Nutrition Table? That would be very helpful. Thx!

  2. My husband loves these! He had been asking me for months to bake something healthy that he could enjoy after his workout and this was the perfect recipe. It’s super easy and barely takes time. I’m in your debt!

  3. I gave a batch of these to my girlfriend and within twenty minutes I had her pants off an she was smiling big time!
    She will want more real soon!!

  4. I did not enjoy these cookies. The flavor is ok, but they no crunch to them. More like a cookie shaped flat muffin top.

  5. I have made these cookies several times. They are my very favorite. I added mini chocolate chips and some raisins.

  6. Followed recipe exactly… after 10 mins in oven, they were flat and huge! But still completely raw?? I put them in for a further 10 minutes and just hasn’t worked? I don’t know what I did wrong as the recipient was followed exactly?

  7. Wow, wow and wow. Delicious. Gluten free and amazing. The only thing I added was chopped pecans and one pecan on top to make it pretty ❤️

    • I was a little hesitant to make these we are not big fans of pb cookies. But I needed a healthy fatty snack for my family. I made half the recipe to just give it a try. Omg!!! It is perfect!!! Everyone loved it!! I can’t wait to try with nuts. Thank you so much!!!

  8. Curious about nutrition info didn’t see it listed anywhere and am wondering how many calories are in a cookie and how many carbs? Anyone?

  9. Easy to make, like the NO BAKE Oatmeal Chocolate cookies, and I added Semi Sweet chocolates instead of nuts. Next time I will add raisins.

  10. These are the best healthy peanut butter cookies! By far my favourite recipe! Their easy to make, they taste so good and they’re healthy.

  11. I just made these today and they are amazing!!!! I put the chocolate chips in mine and they are delicious. Especially when they were warm and the chocolate was melted!!! <3

  12. The gluten free oats I have on hand are the quick-cook/1-minute kind. Will these still bring the same results in your cookies?

  13. Perfect guilt-free peanut butter cookies! They taste just as good as regular pb cookies without all the butter and sugar. Super quick and easy to make too. Thank you so much for this recipe, will definitely make again!

  14. These are delicious. Do you have the nutritional information available?

  15. Have not made the recipe because I couldn’t find nutritional info ….. did I miss it?

  16. Amazing cookies, my husband who has to eat gluten free absolutely loves these. We just use gluten free oats. Thanks for the recipe!

  17. Thank you for creating a healthy cookie recipe. Just found this. I have been making changes in my eating habits after dealing with some medical issues but I do have a sweet tooth I just don’t want or need all the added refined sugar in most recipes. Having read many of the comments I made the following changes: 1/4 c raw sugar & 1/4 c raw honey instead of 1/2 c brown sugar: quick oats (what I had on hand): added about 1/4-1/2 tsp more vanilla: because I like chocolate I also added cho chips: added about 2 tsp oat flour because of the honey. I used a small cookie scoop (I like a smaller cookie). Baked in convection oven at 325 for 11 minutes. Perfect I love these cookies. Will be making more very soon.

    • Great ideas. Healthier cookies are still a better way to partake of an occasional treat. Freeze them in sandwich bags In a bigger freezer bag. Take just 1 for a snack leave the rest in the freezer, less likely to overindulge that way.

  18. This recipe always goes over incredibly well! I like to use chunky peanut butter to add some crunchy peanuts to the mix.

  19. I made these anticipating an amazing cookie. Something went wrong and they leave such an awful after taste we cannot eat them. And I doubled the recipe :(
    Not sure what happened or based on the ingredient list what could have been bad. Does any one have any suggestions?

  20. If your cookies came out flat as a pancake, check what peanut butter you used. I made two batches, one with JIF peanut butter and one with organic 100% natural peanut butter. The batch with JIF peanut butter flattened out but the one with organic peanut butter was perfect. A++ recipe! Brough the cookies to a dinner and they were a hit!

  21. Not sure if it’s already in the comments but I used 2 tablespoons of flax meal + 6 tablespoons of water in place of the 2 eggs! Came out great I added about 5 more mins bake time :)

  22. These look delicious. Do you have the nutritional breakdown?

  23. These were SO good!! I was afraid of how they would turn out since they aren’t “traditional cookie dough”. But they baked very nicely! This is definitely going in to my saved recipe! Thank you!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  24. Hi, thank you for sharing your recipe, I tried it and really liked it.
    Just wanted to ask if I can use other natural butter, like almond or cashew butter?

    Thanks in advance.

    Roma

  25. I love a good, easy, and healthy oatmeal cookie recipe! I made these for my toddlers today and they were a big hit. The texture was soft and chewy and there wasn’t too much sugar. I’ll be making these again!

  26. These were extremely delicious and super easy to make! I used GF oats too. I am vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free; so this was the perfect treat for me.

  27. Cookie + Kate has a similar recipe that makes EXCELLENT ice cream sandwiches … just sayin’ for anyone who tries Ali’s version!

  28. Have a peanut sensitivity. Do you think I could make these with natural almond butter?

  29. Where’s the acid to activate the baking soda?

  30. Loved these!

  31. These cookies are really good. I made them with 2/3 of a cup of organic peanut butter instead of one cup. Thank you. My grand daughter loved them as an after school snack. Hello from the rainy Comox Valley, Vancouver Island,Canada