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.

Peanut Butter Cookie Ingredients

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.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

4 from 47 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


  • 1 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup, or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • flaked sea salt for topping, if desired


  • 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. Marlene
      May 15, 2021 AT 2:20 am

      These were delicious but I had trouble with the fork because they were too sticky. Maybe I should have added more almond flour?

      1. CounselorChick
        June 2, 2021 AT 8:37 pm

        Me too they were delicious but no way was that fork thing going to work.

      2. Brittany Mullins
        May 17, 2021 AT 1:02 pm

        You were having trouble making the fork indentations because the dough was too sticky?

    2. David
      May 12, 2021 AT 10:24 am

      Any idea on weight in grams for the peanut butter and flour (UK!)? Thank you.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 12, 2021 AT 11:19 pm

        Hey David – 1 cup of peanut butter is equivalent to about 240 grams and 1 cup of almond flour is about 112 grams. Hopefully that helps!

    3. Elinor
      April 30, 2021 AT 8:18 pm

      5 stars
      So simple to make but truly delicious!
      Thank you for this recipe ❣️

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 1, 2021 AT 9:02 pm

        So glad you enjoyed these cookies, Elinor! Thanks for the review. I appreciate it!

    4. Rae
      April 26, 2021 AT 2:43 pm

      Hello! would the cookies come out okay if I decrease the amount of maple syrup used?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 26, 2021 AT 3:23 pm

        Hey Rae – That should be just fine! Let me know how they turn out for you.

    5. Diana
      April 13, 2021 AT 12:06 am

      5 stars
      I blended peanut butter with maple syrup in the blender to make sure the mix is smooth.
      The flavor is so great! I’m not even a big fan of sweet food, so probably next time will add less maple syrup. But they are soooo DELICIOUS. Thank you for the recipe. And so easy to make!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 13, 2021 AT 11:30 am

        Yay!! So glad you loved these cookies, Diana. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.


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