Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies (that are flourless!)

LAST UPDATED: Aug 31, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Apr 30, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

Amazing Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies. These Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies are as good or better than classic peanut butter cookies! You’ll love these easy, low calorie peanut butter cookies that are naturally gluten free!

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I’m always looking for ways to cure my sweet tooth, without tipping the scale. These flourless peanut Butter cookies are naturally low calorie – about half of a traditional peanut butter cookie.

That means they make an incredible snack without all the guilt.

I’ve been creating “skinny” versions of my favorite dessert recipes for years, with great success! Have you ever made my drunken strawberries or grapes? They are so refreshing and fun for parties, but so low cal!

Be sure to check out this skinny strawberry tart, my famous apple tart, and this strawberry meringue tart for more lighter desserts you will love!

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Why You’ll Love These Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

These Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies are just 80 calories each!  However, this recipe is so incredible, you may have a difficult time stopping at just one.

They’re such a great fix for a last minute craving or sweet tooth. They are perfectly tender with a little chew.

They’re naturally gluten free, but you’ll never miss the flour. They stack up to traditional peanut butter cookies without all the calories.

Maybe you have more willpower than I do? You should probably make them and find out!

I like to give a lot of detail in my recipe posts to guide readers through any questions. If you’re just here for the printable recipe, feel free to click “jump to recipe” right under the title of this post and you’ll head straight there!

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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookie Ingredients

  • Peanut Butter – creamy or crunchy, your choice. For best results, don’t use natural peanut butter.
  • Sugar – granulated sugar – if you really want to reduce the calories, you can use just 3/4 cup.
  • Egg – the glue that holds it all together. 
  • Salt – salt brings out the flavors of all the ingredients in these cookies, making them the ultimate sweet and salty treat!
  • Vanilla – I like to use homemade vanilla, but any will do!
  • Baking Soda – the leavening agent that makes them rise.

Low Calorie Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe Tips and Variations

  • Add chocolate chips
  • Add nuts
  • I use a cookie scoop to achieve a perfect portion.
  • Bake the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet. They will stick if you bake them directly on the sheet and it also makes clean up a breeze.
  • Store cookies in a sealed container at room temperature up to five days.
  • Freeze them! They will freeze well for up to three months. Simply thaw them out before serving.

How to Make Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

To see how easy these healthy peanut butter cookies are to make, watch the video below.

  1. Combine sugar, peanut butter, salt, baking soda and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Add egg until just combined.
  3. Use a dough scoop or roll into balls and bake on a cookie sheet.
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Can You Freeze Peanut Butter Cookies?

Yes! They can be frozen for up to three months. I like to double wrap my cookies before freezing. Try a layer of plastic wrap and then place them inside a ziploc bag.

This prevents freezer burn and also helps eliminate the possibility of the cookies picking up any strange smells from your freezer!

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Is Peanut Butter Gluten Free?

Most brands of peanut butter are gluten free! With that said, it’s so important to check the label on any peanut butter you pick up, especially if you’re living with a gluten sensitivity or allergy.

Some brands are also processed in facilities that process wheat, so there could always be risk of contamination. Carefully choose your peanut butter brand if this is an issue for you!

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies (that are flourless!)

Julie Blanner
Amazing "Healthy" Peanut Butter Cookies. These Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies are as good or better than classic peanut butter cookies! You'll love these easy, low calorie cookies that are naturally gluten free!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 4 mins
Cook Time 11 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 79 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg large
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats to prevent sticking.
  • Combine sugar, peanut butter and egg. Add salt, vanilla and baking soda.
  • Roll into balls and bake 11 minutes.

Video

Notes

Low Calorie Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe Tips and Variations

  • Add chocolate chips
  • Add nuts
  • I use a cookie scoop to achieve a perfect portion.
  • Bake the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet. They will stick if you bake them directly on the sheet and it also makes clean up a breeze.
  • Store cookies in a sealed container at room temperature up to five days.
  • Freeze them! They will freeze well for up to three months. Simply thaw them out before serving.

Nutrition

Calories:79kcalCarbohydrates:8gProtein:2gFat:4gSaturated Fat:1gCholesterol:5mgSodium:97mgPotassium:58mgFiber:1gSugar:7gVitamin A:8IUCalcium:5mgIron:1mg
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