Chewy Grain-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

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These healthy vegan peanut butter cookies are completely flourless, fruit-sweetened, and egg-free–made with just 5 simple ingredients in under 30 minutes!

I just had one of those incredulous “How do I not have a {insert essential dessert here} recipe on the blog by now?!” moments. And, as you probably already guessed, this time the sweet essential in question was peanut butter cookies. And also mini muffins, but I haven’t had the chance to solve that bite-sized dilemma quite yet.

I drop the ball on peanut butter things much too often, but I swear I really do love the stuff. See looky HERE – cold ice creamy peanut butter proof. And I especially adore it with chocolate, yet it seems most of my past peanut butter recipes don’t involve PB’s cacao bestie. So I guess what I’m saying is that my recipe index is not an accurate representation of my feelings towards peanut butter. Just thought you should know.

But I set out on a mission to make the best easy/healthy/yummy/all-the-adjectives-cookie-dreams-are-made-of peanut butter cookie my tastebuds could imagine, and I think these Chewy Grain-Free Peanut Butter Cookies hit the mark. No wait…they blew right past the mark and into exceeds snack expectations territory.

Imagine a peanut butter cookie Larabar. And imagine a warm, soft-baked peanut butter cookie. Now take a bit of both those scenarios, smush it all together, and behold…

Chewydelicous cookie perfection!

That’s what’s happening here, and I am not the least bit mad about this hybrid.

I promised easy. These cookies are 5 ingredients, one food processor, less than 30 minutes from pitting the dates to biting into a scrumptious cookies. How’s that for any-day doable?

These cookies were inspired by my favorite little flourless chocolate crinkle cookies. So the base ingredient that binds them, sweetens them, and makes up about 50% of the dough is medjool dates. The flourless and grain-free dry ingredient at work here to balance all that date sticky-ness and simultaneously bump up the peanut flavor is powdered peanut butter. Unsweetened is best if you can find it, the dates have the sweetness thing covered. A quarter cup of creamy peanut butter keeps the cookie texture rich and buttery. And finally baking powder, because we are baking after all.

EAT THEM WARM. From the oven. Freshly baked.

Yes that tip truly does warrant all caps, I’m not scream-typing for no reason. Because they are ten times better fresh. The next day they are a totally different-textured but still delicious beast – more chewy and no-bake cookie like. If you don’t catch them in the buttery oven-warm window, I actually prefer them chilled after that as a little sweet snack or dessert bite.

Happy nutty cookie nibbling!


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Vegan Grain-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

4.9 from 14 reviews

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x
  • Category: cookies
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american

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These healthy vegan peanut butter cookies are completely flourless, fruit-sweetened, and egg-free–made with just 5 simple ingredients in under 30 minutes!



  • 15 pitted medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup powdered peanut butter ((preferably unsweetened))
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 23 tbsp non-dairy milk
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • Optional: pinch of salt ((if your peanut butter is not salted))


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Blend the dates in a food processor until broken down into small pieces. Don’t over process or it will form a big ball.
  3. Add the powdered peanut butter, peanut butter, and baking powder. Process slowly adding the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until a ball of dough forms.
  4. Break off pieces of dough and roll into 10-12 balls.
  5. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press down gently and use a fork to make criss-cross lines on the top of each cookie.
  6. Bake for approximately 12 minutes at 350F.
  7. Remove from the oven. Cool for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!
  8. They are best fresh but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

Keywords: baking, sugar free, easy, healthy, dessert, snack

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