Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies


These delicious and healthy peanut butter cookies are made in one bowl and with only 4 ingredients. Sweetened with maple syrup and made without eggs or butter! Vegan + gluten-free.

Stack of peanut butter cookies.

While I love my healthy peanut butter blossoms, I’ve been wanting to create a classic peanut butter cookie recipe and here they are!

And guess what? You only need FOUR ingredients to make these… no butter, no eggs and no traditional flour! I know it doesn’t seem right… but it is correct and these cookies are simply delicious!

Peanut butter cookies sprinkled with sea salt on a cooling rack.

In years past, I have always loved getting together with my family and friends for cookie baking and cookie exchanges! This year looks different, but I’m still determined to get creative and connect. I see Zoom or FaceTime baking days in my future… with ugly holiday sweaters, holiday music, the whole shebang.

This recipe would be perfect to make while Zoom-ing with a loved one – just gather the ingredients, mix and bake!

Classic peanut butter cookie with a bite taken out of it and sea salt sprinkles on top.

Like I mentioned above, you only need four simple ingredients (five if you decide to add the salt). If you’re like me you probably have all of the ingredients to make these cookies sitting in your kitchen right now!

  • creamy natural peanut butter – look for a brand with just one or two ingredients (peanuts and salt).
  • maple syrup – make sure to get pure maple syrup, not the artificial pancake syrup.
  • vanilla extract
  • almond flour  – look for blanched super-fine almond flour. I like Bob’s Red Mill.
  • flaked sea salt – optional but I like sprinkling on top for added flavor.
Glass mixing bowl with peanut butter cookie batter.

Substitutions & Notes

  • Almond flour – I highly recommend using almond flour for this recipe for the best result, but I have tested it with oat flour and the cookies will still turn out, but they are a bit more dry tasting because oat flour has less fat than almond flour.
  • Peanut butter – I’m assuming you can swap with any nut or seed butter, but I’ve only tested the recipe with natural peanut butter and almond butter, which is also delicious!
  • Maple syrup – You can totally use another liquid sweetener like coconut nectar or honey. I’ve tested these with honey and they were yummy, but I personally like the flavor of maple syrup better.
Peanut butter cookies topped with flakey sea salt on a cooling rack. One cookie has a bite out of it. A small bowl of sea salt is beside the rack.

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

Because we’re not using eggs, butter or traditional flour, these cookies can be made in one bowl. Woo-hoo for less dishes! Here’s how to make them:

  1. Mix wet ingredients – Add peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla into a mixing bowl. Stir until combined.
  2. Add dry ingredients – Add the almond flour to the wet ingredients and stir until incorporated.
  3. Shape cookies – Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten each dough ball with a fork, making a criss cross pattern and sprinkle with sea salt if using.
  4. Bake – Bake at 350ºF for 12 minutes or until the cookies begin to brown. Let cookies cool on a wire rack and enjoy!
Peanut butter cookies in a stack. Sea salt is sprinkled on top of the cookie.

Peanut Butter Cookies

4 from 161 votes
These delicious and healthy peanut butter cookies are made in one bowl and with only 4 ingredients. Sweetened with maple syrup and made without eggs or butter!
Peanut butter cookies sprinkled with sea salt on a cooling rack.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 15



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla into a mixing bowl. Once combined, add in almond flour and stir until incorporated.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet. Alternatively, you can scoop dough with a spoon and roll it into a ball.
  • Flatten each dough ball with a fork, making a crisscross pattern and sprinkle a little flaked sea salt on top of each cookie, if using.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for about 12 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. Remove from oven, allow cookies to cool on a wire rack and enjoy.



Serving: 1cookie Calories: 169kcal Carbohydrates: 12g Protein: 6g Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 41mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 8g
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter cookies


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    1. Clare
      August 17, 2022 AT 5:17 pm

      5 stars
      Made these tonight and although my dough was rather sticky, they turned out perfectly after 16 mins in middle of top oven! Taste fantastic! Found this on pinterest, thanks for sharing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 18, 2022 AT 3:25 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Clare! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Karina
      July 31, 2022 AT 3:03 pm

      5 stars
      I followed your instructions exactly and my beautiful and delicious cookies are perfect! They do have a bit of shortbread crunch as one of your other reviewers stated – we love them!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 1, 2022 AT 3:51 pm

        YAY! I am so happy that this recipe turned out for you and that you are loving them, Karina. Thank you for coming back and leaving your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

    3. Tara Coulombe
      May 18, 2022 AT 9:22 pm

      5 stars
      These taste like peanut butter shortbread cookies-fantastic!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 19, 2022 AT 7:48 am

        Yay! So glad you’re loving these cookies, Tara. Thanks so much for leaving a review, I appreciate it so very much!

    4. Becky
      April 24, 2022 AT 1:51 pm

      4 stars
      These were really great! I added a BUNCH of salt to the top and it made them 10 times more tasty! 12 minute baking time worked perfectly in my oven.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 25, 2022 AT 7:45 am

        Yum! I love adding salt to cookies! So glad you enjoyed these, Becky. Thanks for sharing your review.

    5. Marian Ceter
      April 16, 2022 AT 5:24 pm

      2 stars
      I made these exactly as instructed, and set the timer for 10 minutes. They were thoroughly burnt-and I know my oven is accurate. Sorry, but these are going in the trash!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 18, 2022 AT 7:16 am

        Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that, Marian. I haven’t had an issue with them burning before but I’ll test them again to make sure. Thanks for sharing your experience and sorry they didn’t work out.

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.


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