Coconut Flour Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe (Vegan & Gluten Free) (2024)

by Jennifer Bell

These vegan, gluten-free, coconut flour peanut butter cookies are chewy with crisp edges. They’re perfect if you’re craving a treat that’s both sweet and a little salty. These vegan coconut flour cookies are grain free, dairy free, egg free, and refined sugar free. They’re a nutritious dessert or snack that is sure to satisfy both kids and grownups.

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What to serve with these coconut flour peanut butter cookies

For an extra indulgent treat, make ice cream sandwiches using these cookies and this no-churn banana bread ice cream. It’s easy to make and is also refined sugar free and vegan.

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Main ingredients and substitutions

These coconut flour peanut butter cookies call for only five ingredients, the first of which is natural, smooth (aka creamy) peanut butter. You can substitute crunchy peanut butter if you prefer. Just be sure to use a brand of peanut butter that doesn’t contain any added sugar. The only ingredient listed on the jar should be peanuts. Alternatively you can easily make your own peanut butter at home by blending up peanuts in a food processor.

I sweetened these vegan peanut butter cookies with maple syrup. I love the flavor combination of peanut butter and maple syrup, and I find that using a liquid sweetener gives these cookies a soft, chewy texture with just the right amount of crispiness around the edges. You can substitute other liquid sweeteners such as agave if you prefer.

Coconut flour is my preferred gluten-free and grain-free flour these days. It adds a subtle, coconut flavor and satisfying texture to these cookies. I don’t recommend substituting other types of flour in this recipe because coconut flour is much more absorbent than most other flours.

How to make them

These vegan, gluten-free peanut butter cookies are quick and easy to make. Start by allowing the peanut butter to come to room temperature, then mix the wet ingredients and salt together. Next you’ll add the coconut flour and mix once more.

The next step is to refrigerate that mixture for 30 minutes in order to achieve a cookie dough consistency.

After 30 minutes of chilling time, you’ll scoop out a tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball in your hands before placing it on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the dough (this recipe makes approximately 14 cookies).

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Next you’ll use your fingers to flatten the balls down into round, cookie shapes before baking them for 10 minutes.

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Once the cookies are finished baking, allow them to cool off for at least twenty minutes before removing from the pan and serving.

Storage and freezing

Store these vegan coconut flour cookies in an airtight container for up to five days or freeze them for up to six months.

Optional additions

To add an extra layer of flavor to these coconut flour peanut butter cookies, stir 1/2 cup each of dairy-free dark chocolate chips (or chopped dark chocolate) and/or chopped peanuts into the cookie dough.

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More gluten-free cookie recipes to try

  • These coconut oil cookies are easy to make and delicious.
  • These buckwheat cookies are nutritious yet decadent.
  • These chickpea flour cookies are sweet, chocolaty, and satisfying.
  • These vegan pecan cookies have crispy edges and soft, chewy middles.

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Coconut Flour Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe (Vegan & Gluten Free)

These coconut flour peanut butter cookies are easy to make and so delicious. They have the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavors. These vegan coconut flour cookies are perfect for a nutritious, make-ahead dessert or snack.

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Prep Time 45 minutes minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes minutes

Total Time 55 minutes minutes

Servings 14

Calories 124kcal

Author Jennifer Bell

Equipment

  • Baking tray

  • Parchment paper

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup smooth natural peanut butter (at room temperature)
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Add the peanut butter, maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, and salt to a large mixing bowl and mix well.

  • Add the coconut flour and mix well.

  • Refrigerate the cookie dough for 30 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Scoop out 1 tablespoon of dough into your hands and roll it into a ball, then place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Repeat until all the cookie dough has been formed into balls.

  • Use your fingers to press the dough balls down and flatten them into circle shapes.

  • Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.

  • Let the cookies cool off for at least 20 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Store these coconut flour peanut butter cookies in an airtight container for up to five days or freeze them for up to six months.
  • Optional additions include 1/2 cup each of chopped peanuts and/or dairy-free dark chocolate chips.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

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Coconut Flour Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe (Vegan & Gluten Free) (2024)

FAQs

Do you need to add baking powder to coconut flour? ›

Replacing wheat flour with coconut flour

Cakes and muffins, which need to be light and fluffy, will be very different than something more dense, like cookies. But when working with coconut flour, you always need to decrease the flour and increase the eggs and baking powder.

How much coconut flour to replace flour? ›

A good rule of thumb is 1/4 to 1/3 cup of coconut flour for 1 cup of regular flour. When flour absorbs water, the starches gelatinize, but when coconut flour absorbs liquid it becomes soggy, resulting in a heavier, denser baked good.

How do you keep gluten-free cookies from falling apart? ›

Use a Binder

Binders like xanthan gum and guar gum provide structure in gluten-free baking to make up for the missing gluten. This prevents cookies from being too crumbly plus it also helps with freshness.

What does coconut flour do in baking? ›

Baking: Coconut flour is commonly used in baking recipes such as muffins, cookies, cakes, and bread. It adds a subtle coconut flavor and can provide a light and fluffy texture to baked goods. 2. Pancakes and Waffles: Coconut flour can be used to make delicious and fluffy pancakes and waffles.

What is the binding agent for coconut flour? ›

Baked goods made of coconut flour tend to fall apart. You will have to bind them well. Products that help bind are: eggs, liquid sweeteners and flax seeds. If you choose to use eggs as a binding agent, a good rule of thumb to follow is 1 egg to every ounce of coconut flour used.

How many eggs per cup of coconut flour? ›

It is recommended that for every 1 cup of coconut flour you use, you should add in 6 eggs. Experiment and Learn: It can feel a bit complicated, but it doesn't have to be! We recommend adding small amounts of liquid, or eggs, into your coconut flour mixture and seeing how moist the mixture remains.

Is baking with coconut flour the same as regular flour? ›

Dough will often be much thicker than expected when baking with coconut flour. Don't worry too much, just keep going. A quick rule of thumb is to swap about 1/4 to 1/3 cup coconut flour for 1 cup of regular flour. Due to its high absorbency, you'll also want to increase the number of eggs.

Does coconut flour rise with baking soda? ›

To give baked goods more rise and structure when using coconut flour, try adding whey protein powder or psyllium husk powder; vinegar and baking soda can also help add more rise.

Does coconut flour bake like regular flour? ›

While cooking, coconut flour does not act the same as regular flour because it is gluten-free. Coconut flour is dry and needs more liquid than regular flour.

Do I need to add baking powder to self raising flour? ›

Self-rising flour is a type of flour that includes leavening agents, which ensures perfectly risen baked goods. You don't need to use additional leavening agents (such as baking powder or baking soda) when you use self-rising flour.

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