Given my choice of hypothetical superpowers, I am bypassing both invisibility and flying in favor of the magic that is this GIANT, flourless, Healthy Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie.
Take a bite of this peanut butter skillet cookie, and you will taste:
- A molten, ooey-gooey middle.
- An unapologetic onslaught of peanut butter.
- Melty chocolate chip nirvana.
- Lightly crispy edges begging to be smothered in vanilla ice cream.
- Total, indisputable decadence.
You’ll dance around your kitchen.
You’ll utter loud (perhaps semi-inappropriate) moans of delight.
You’ll go back for seconds and thirds, and you won’t feel the tiniest bit of guilt about it.
Why? Because this peanut butter skillet cookie has super powers. It contains NO butter, NO sugar, NO oil, it’s vegan and gluten free, but it tastes rich and indulgent.
Sorry Superman. This healthy peanut butter cookie has you beat, no cape or uncomfortable spandex suit required.
The secret to this healthy peanut butter cookie’s addictive texture and flavor lies in one surprise ingredient, and I bet you have it—and everything else you need to make this ooey gooey recipe—sitting in your pantry right now.
So what’s the secret ingredient that makes this healthy peanut butter cookie taste so decadent, when it’s actually good for you? Watch the video in this post (if you haven’t already) to find out!
I’ll pause for you to watch….
…and, we’re back. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
That’s right—this skillet of molten healthy peanut butter cookie love is made with chickpeas. Just like in my healthy Chickpea Blondies, you’d never even know.
Were you surprised? I cross my heart, hope to die that this recipe DOES NOT taste like chickpeas. It tastes like chocolate chip peanut butter cookie dough.
In addition to its fab flavor and texture, I also love this healthy peanut butter cookie recipe because it is so diet-friendly. It’s 100% gluten free, vegan, and naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup.
The Key to a Gluten-Free Healthy Peanut Butter Cookie
To keep the recipe gluten free, I replaced wheat flour with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats. As I’ve learned from friends and concerned readers, not all oats are created equal. In order to be safe for those who cannot have gluten, the oats need to be produced in a certified gluten free facility, like the one at Bob’s Red Mill. I actually saw the factory in action last fall (check out the photos here) and was so impressed by the process. I love the taste and quality of Bob’s Red Mill oatmeal regardless, and knowing that they are certified gluten free means that more people can enjoy them (and this peanut butter cookie!)
Once you’ve gathered the ingredients, making this healthy peanut butter cookie could not be more simple. Pile them all into a food processor, blend, then bake. The oats are processed into oat flour, the chickpeas and maple syrup blend together into a cookie dough-like texture, and the scent of the peanut butter and cinnamon will perfume your whole kitchen.
I also highly encourage sprinkling extra chocolate chips on top.
More Tasty Peanut Butter Recipes
- Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
- Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
- Peanut Butter Protein Bars
- Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies
- Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
Recommended Tools to Make This Healthy Cookie
Superman can keep his cape—I’ll take this Healthy Peanut Butter Cookie, a spoon, and an extra scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Healthy Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie
- 1 can low-sodium chickpeas (15 ounces) , rinsed and drained (or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas)
- 3/4 cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats OK to substitute quick-cooking oats
- 2/3 cup natural peanut butter or substitute any other nut butter—you can use creamy or crunchy
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup OK to substitute honey or light agave nectar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder I prefer aluminum free
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup milk any kind you like—use almond milk or other nut milk to keep the recipe vegan
- 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips plus additional 2 tablespoons for sprinkling on top (use dairy free if needed)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8-inch cast-iron or ovenproof skillet or 8×8-inch baking pan with nonstick spray.
- In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, place the chickpeas, oats, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and milk. Blend until mostly smooth. Remove the lid and scrape down the sides of the bowl, then blend for an additional 2 minutes until very well combined and smooth. The batter will be very sticky and thick. Fold in 1/3 cup chocolate chips.
- Scrape the mixture into the prepared skillet and sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons chocolate chips over the top. If using a skillet, bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the top is dry to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean with just a few crumbs clinging to it. If using an 8×8-inch pan, begin checking for doneness at 20 minutes. Do not overbake or the cookie will taste dry. Place on a wire rack to cool. Slice and serve.
- To Store. Leftover skillet cookie may be stored covered at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- To Reheat. Warm the cookie in the microwave for 15-30 seconds for best results.
- To Make Ahead. Mix the cookie dough and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours and then bake as directed.
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