Healthy Treats

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

stacks of healthy peanut butter cookies, one with a bite taken out

Healthy peanut butter cookies are made with wholesome ingredients and are gluten free. Enjoy a guilt free, protein packed peanut butter cookie day or night.

Soft and chewy healthy peanut butter cookies are packed with protein and a perfect post workout snack or healthy treat for kids. Refined sugar free and gluten free, this simple one bowl healthy peanut butter cookie recipe will be a crowd favorite. #healthypeanutbuttercookies #peanutbuttercookierecipe #easypeanutbuttercookies #onebowlcookies #healthysnacksforkids #postworkoutsnackidea

Back when I first started this blog, in 2017 (whoa, that was a long time ago!), this healthy peanut butter cookie recipe was the very first one I created.

I took what I thought were fantastic photos, wrote my first blog post, and hit publish.

Looking back, I’m still pretty proud of of it all, but there were definitely some opportunities for growth here.

As my blog has progressed over the years, I’ve gotten better at my food photography skills, recipe creations and blog writing abilities.

mounds of healthy peanut butter cookies and one with a bite taken out of it

So rather than providing you with a brand new cookie recipe, I wanted to go back in time. To provide this healthy peanut butter cookie recipe a little face-lift.

Not to worry, I kept the very original blog post and photos so that you can see just how far things have come since 2017. Just scroll down to the bottom for the original.

Why healthy sweet treats?

Back when I started this blog, it was centered around creating healthy (and sometimes indulgent) sweet recipes.

stack of healthy peanut butter cookies, one broken in half and stacked on top of the other

That’s kind of what I was known for from friends and family. The one who always brought along dessert.

As I started to get into my health and wellness journey, I wanted to create healthy desserts that no one would know were actually healthy. It was probably a good six months before I finally took the leap into blogging.

I always loved peanut butter cookies, but the amount of sugar usually sent me into a sugar coma and left me feeling less than pleasant afterwards.

a hand holding a peanut butter cookie

That’s where these healthy peanut butter cookies come into play, and why they were the first recipe I ever wanted to create.

Wholesome ingredients in healthy peanut butter cookies

The first focus for this healthy peanut butter cookie recipe was to start with ingredients that packed a protein punch.

Surprisingly, that included beans.

Stay with me here.

Beans create a nice, chewy texture for the cookies and really bring on the protein. Peanut butter also packs that protein punch as well. Along with a bit of vanilla protein powder to round out the protein trio.

In sticking with the wholesome ingredients, pure maple syrup and raw cane sugar provide natural sweetness for the cookies.

One Blender, One Bowl

Lately I’ve been all about ease of recipe creation and fewer bowls and appliances to clean. Hello 18 month old and newborn baby!

These healthy peanut butter cookies solve that problem.

bowl of peanut butter cookie batter

The majority of the ingredients are blended together to create a smooth consistency with the beans.

Then dump everything into a large bowl and mix in all the dry ingredients and peanut butter. This creates the perfect peanut butter cookie base.

Riding the traditional peanut butter cookie wave

No peanut butter cookie would be complete without the crisscross marks made with fork tongs.

Balls of peanut butter cookie dough on a baking sheet with a fork pressing cross marks into the dough balls

I mean, obviously there are really great peanut butter cookies out there without those marks. But there’s something about having them on these cookies that makes them feel super nostalgic.

When I was younger and would bake with my mom, this was always how we made our PB cookies. Some day I’ll teach these same tricks to Kennedy when we bake together.

Gluten free protein cookies FTW

I have to say, these peanut butter cookies are just as I remember them.

Soft and chewy with the right amount of sweetness and bursting with peanut butter flavor. I mean, just look at that cookie texture!

peanut butter cookie broken in half and a hand holding the cookie

Making these gluten free allows many of my friends and family to enjoy them. Plus they’re perfect for that post workout snack where you need to replenish with protein, but also want something a little sweet.

I can’t wait for you to try out this very original PB cookie recipe and tell me what you think!

P.S. Original cookie recipe and blog post are below so you can see just how much things have changed over the past four years.

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Healthy peanut butter cookies are made with wholesome ingredients and are gluten free. Enjoy a guilt free, protein packed peanut butter cookie day or night.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy snack, kid friendly, peanut butter cookies, protein
Servings: 34 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 15 oz can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup raw cane sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup gluten free flour
  • 1 16 oz jar natural peanut butter
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease two baking sheets.
  2. In a blender jar, add the beans, milk and maple syrup.
  3. Blend on medium speed until the beans are smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into a medium-size bowl and add the sugar, egg, vanilla, baking powder, protein powder, flour and peanut butter.
  5. Roll the mixture into balls and place on prepared baking sheets. Using a fork, press down on the cookie horizontally and then again vertically.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes and remove, allowing the cookies to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Repeat with remaining batter.

Original Peanut Butter Cookie Blog Post

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I love a good peanut butter cookie. Like those giant ones you get from some cute little corner bakery cafe. Where they’re super soft in the center, but crunchy around the edges and have those perfect crisscross marks. But there are many times while eating said buttery cookie I know that it’s full of just that, butter and loads of sugar. And while the sugar coma of bliss quickly wears off, I start to feel not so great about eating that round of peanut butter deliciousness.

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies - Chickpeas make for a healthy cookie base that’s packed with peanut butter flavor.

So out of that sugar spiral these cookies were born. They’re full of peanut butter flavor with just enough sweetness to rival that corner cafe. But they’re packed with protein from both peanut butter, and a little surprise called chickpeas!

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies - Chickpeas make for a healthy cookie base that’s packed with peanut butter flavor.

Chickpeas essentially take the place of your creamed butter and sugar and get mixed with peanut butter and protein powder. And out come these perfectly soft, want to eat the whole batch out of the oven, peanut butter cookies. You can also make these cookies gluten free by using a gluten free protein powder. I love this Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powder.

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies - Chickpeas make for a healthy cookie base that’s packed with peanut butter flavor.

A good friend of mine who claims she doesn’t like peanut butter {crazy person, I know!} really loved these cookies. The best part is that there is no butter or added sugar and no one is the wiser. Pure maple syrup makes them perfectly sweet and helps to give a little crisp around the edge. My mouth is actually watering right now writing this post…is yours?!

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies - Chickpeas make for a healthy cookie base that’s packed with peanut butter flavor.

Were you able to trick your friends or family with these healthy peanut butter cookies? Let me know in the comments!

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Chickpeas make for a healthy cookie base that’s packed with peanut butter flavor.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 26 cookies
Ingredients
Ingredients:
  • 1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
Directions
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease two baking sheets.
  2. In a blender jar, add the garbanzo beans, almond milk, maple syrup, egg whites, vanilla, baking powder and coconut oil.
  3. Blend on medium speed until garbanzo beans are smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into a medium-size bowl and add the protein powder and peanut butter.
  5. Roll the mixture into balls and place on prepared baking sheets. Using a fork, press down on the cookie horizontally and then again vertically.
  6. Bake for 11-13 minutes and remove, allowing the cookies to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Repeat with remaining batter.

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