Vegan peanut butter oatmeal cookies – nutty morsels with oatmeal for chewiness, and a hint of sweetness from maple syrup. A welcome addition to any cookie platter. Plus, they can be made gluten-free.
Peanut butter oatmeal cookies are the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
You’ve got the wonderful bite of rolled oats, a pinch of salt, the sweetness of maple syrup, and of course, the nutty finish of peanut butter.
A terrific sweet treat in the afternoon or even for breakfast with a cup of coffee!
But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan
This cookie recipe is a favorite of mine from But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan, a cookbook by Kristy Turner.
Kristy was the former owner of the food blog, Keepin’ It Kind, and a dear friend. (It was great seeing her recently in Atlanta!)
But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan was the sequel to her first cookbook, But I Could Never Go Vegan.
With her usual warmth and humor, Kristy shows that plant-based fare can bring people of all ages and predilections together. Each recipe is paired with a gorgeous, full color photo.
In addition to the vegan peanut butter oatmeal cookies recipe I’m sharing today, some of my other favorites from the book are tater totchos and buffalo cauliflower wings.
Now, let’s get to that recipe!
Step by step instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Combine the dry ingredients:
- Baking soda
- Xanthan gum (If making gluten-free cookies)
In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients:
- Peanut butter
- Maple syrup
- Coconut oil
- Coconut sugar
Then mix the wet ingredients with the dry.
Use a Tablespoon to scoop portions of dough. Roll into balls, and place on the baking sheets.
Use your fingers to flatten the cookies a bit.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
Can they be made gluten-free?
Simply use a gluten-free flour blend, gluten-free rolled oats, and xanthan gum if your blend doesn’t include it already.
(If you’re not making gluten-free cookies, use all-purpose flour and omit the xanthan gum.)
How long will the cookies keep?
In my experience, they don’t last long at all… Haha!
But if you’ve got more willpower than I do, the cookies can be stored in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.
Vegan peanut butter oatmeal cookies
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour blend, soy-free if necessary
- 1 cup rolled oats certified gluten-free if necessary
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon xanthan gum exclude if using all-purpose flour or if your gluten-free blend includes it
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup unsalted, unsweetened natural peanut butter
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce (or mashed banana)
- ¼ cup coconut oil melted
- ¼ cup coconut sugar optional
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Optional add-ins: ½ cup 60 to 90 g raisins, chopped peanuts, and/or vegan chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, xanthan gum (if using), and nutmeg until fully incorporated.
- In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, applesauce, coconut oil, coconut sugar (if using), and vanilla. Stir until combined.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. If you’re using add-ins, fold them in.
- Scoop a heaping tablespoon of dough out of the bowl, roll it in your hands to make a perfect ball, and place it on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the balls 1. inches (4 cm) apart. Use your fingers to gently flatten each ball just a bit.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until firm and slightly golden along the bottom. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. Cool completely before serving. The cookies will keep stored in an airtight container (in the fridge if the weather is warm) for 3 to 4 days.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan for the purposes of this review. The thoughts & opinions are totally my own.
Content and photos updated April 2020. Originally posted December 2016.