These healthy peanut butter cookies couldn't be easier! Rich and tender, these gluten-free peanut butter cookies are made without oil or butter and with (very) minimal natural sweetener. Just one bowl and six ingredients are required!
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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

These healthy peanut butter cookies couldn't be easier! Rich and tender, these gluten-free peanut butter cookies are made without oil or butter and with (very) minimal natural sweetener. Just one bowl and six ingredients are required!
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 15 cookies
Calories 120
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter (I used creamy)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp ground oats, measure after grinding*
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
  • Scoop dough (approx. 1 1/2 tbsp per cookie) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  • Flatten the tops of the cookies using a flat surface like the bottom of a glass, You shouldn't need to spray the glass with cooking spray, but do so if the flattened cookies are tough to remove from the bottom.
  • Using the tines of a fork, lightly press a crisscross pattern into the top if you like.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until bottoms of cookies have browned and cookies have set some. They will continue to harden as they cool. Let cookies cool for a few minutes on baking sheet, and then transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Notes

I added about 1/4 cup of old-fashioned oats to a food processor and processed until the oats were in very small, almost powdery flakes. From there I measured out the oats (you may have a small little bit left over).
These cookies are not the most sturdy as they're tender and melt-in-your-mouth-ish. Broken pieces are just as delicious as fully intact cookies. ;)
*Oats are naturally gluten free, however certain brands may have cross contamination with foods containing gluten in their production facilities. If gluten is a concern, make sure to use a certified gluten free brand of oats (though I'm sure if you're in this group you know that!) :) Choose your oats, vanilla extract, etc. in accordance with your preferences!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4.9g | Fat: 9.3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11.2mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 131.6mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 3.5g | Iron: 2.2mg