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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

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This Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies recipe is quick and easy to make with just 7 ingredients, it’s naturally gluten-free (no butter or flour), and it is irresistibly delicious!

These Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies are easy to make with just 7 ingredients, they're naturally gluten-free, and they are SO irresistibly delicious! Feel free to add in chocolate chips or nuts if you'd like!

This weekend marks exactly one month since we have been living in Barcelona. And now that we’re finally all moved into our (second) apartment, I’ve been officially feeling all of the nesting vibes lately.

We went out and purchased some new candles and thick, fuzzy blankets this weekend to make the house feel extra warm and cozy. We (finally!) brought home some picture frames so that this place could feel a bit more like ours. We brought home our first batch of Catalan hot chocolate, for a sweet winter treat. And Barclay and I had a little holiday-cookie-baking date to make some little treats to take to our new neighbors.

In addition to being irresistibly delicious, these peanut butter cookies are made with just 7 ingredients, there’s no mixer required, they’re naturally free of flour and butter and dairy, they only take about 10 minutes to prep, and they are perfect for gifting. And they are — as one of our new neighbors said — “perfecto.”

These Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies are easy to make with just 7 ingredients, they're naturally gluten-free, and they are SO irresistibly delicious! Feel free to add in chocolate chips or nuts if you'd like!

I’m not kidding about the “easy to make” part, too. Just stir all of your ingredients together in a bowl, and you’ll have a sticky batter that kind of resembles no-bake cookies. (But don’t fret, they’ll bake up beautifully.) Then, use a large cookie scoop to scoop the batter onto a parchment-covered cookie sheet and bake. Sprinkle with a pinch of flaky sea salt (if you’d like), then pop them in the oven for about 10 minutes…

These Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies are easy to make with just 7 ingredients, they're naturally gluten-free, and they are SO irresistibly delicious! Feel free to add in chocolate chips or nuts if you'd like!

…and then these sweet treats will be yours to enjoy.

They’re light and fluffy and less dense than regular flour-based cookies. But all of those delicious oats in there still make them nice and chewy. They’re not overly sweet, although feel free to add in an extra 1/4 cup brown sugar if you’d like a sweeter cookie. And — my main priority with peanut butter cookies — they legit taste very peanut buttery. Bonus, they’re made with natural peanut butter, so you can feel even better about enjoying every bite.

I also stirred some chocolate chips into mine, because, chocolate. But feel free to stir in some extra peanuts or nuts, or dried fruit if that’s your thing, or you can just bake them up plain. I do just highly recommend adding a sprinkle of salt on top to bring out all of those delicious flavors.

These Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies are easy to make with just 7 ingredients, they're naturally gluten-free, and they are SO irresistibly delicious! Feel free to add in chocolate chips or nuts if you'd like!

And if you feel like sharing, I can vouch that these indeed make for delicious holiday gifts!!

I wrapped mine up in these adorable mini cake boxes from Pampered Chef, which include little liners inside and twine and gift tags and everything. And make any baked good look even cuter.

These Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies are easy to make with just 7 ingredients, they're naturally gluten-free, and they are SO irresistibly delicious! Feel free to add in chocolate chips or nuts if you'd like!

Also cute? My two handsome helpers.

These Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies are easy to make with just 7 ingredients, they're naturally gluten-free, and they are SO irresistibly delicious! Feel free to add in chocolate chips or nuts if you'd like!

We made a half dozen boxes to take around to our neighbors. And then also shared some with the electrical repairman who came to fix our heater, and our mailman, and two of our friends who stopped by for a visit. Cookies for all!

And I’m happy to say, there were rave reviews all around.

These Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies are easy to make with just 7 ingredients, they're naturally gluten-free, and they are SO irresistibly delicious! Feel free to add in chocolate chips or nuts if you'd like!

Buen provecho, everyone!

These Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies are easy to make with just 7 ingredients, they're naturally gluten-free, and they are SO irresistibly delicious! Feel free to add in chocolate chips or nuts if you'd like!

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

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

Ingredients

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  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats*
  • optional: 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chopped nuts
  • flaky sea salt

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 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 sink 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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147 comments on “Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. Amazing! Thank you so much!

  2. After dinner I like to have something sweet. I wanted something low in sugar. I found this recipe and decided to try it. I’m so happy I did! Very yummy. I would highly recommend this recipe ?

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!

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

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

  8. 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?

  9. 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!!!

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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?

  15. 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!

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

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

  18. Nutritional Value?

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

  20. 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.

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

  22. 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?

  23. 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!

  24. 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!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟