Ten Terrific Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Recipes for National Peanut Butter Day

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Today is National Peanut Butter Day, so I thought I’d do a roundup of the peanut butter recipes shared here previously on gfe. Now don’t dismay if you can’t eat peanut butter, every one of these recipes can be made with almond butter or sun butter instead. You can probably even use other nut butters. Just FYI, making your own nut butter does not have to be difficult. I have even made my own cashew butter only using my mini chopper before. Seriously. But let’s get to the recipes, shall we?

First off is the recipe for my Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies. These are not the oft-shared version that just calls for peanut butter, an egg, and granulated sugar. As I say in my post, that cookie recipe is “okay,” but using brown sugar and two more ingredients make these cookies phenomenal. And it’s such a flexible recipe, too. Use creamy or chunky nut or seed butter. Use brown sugar or coconut palm sugar. Add mini chocolate chips or chocolate chunks. And so on and so forth. There are just so many ways you can make these cookies!

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Gluten-Free Flourless Peanut (or Nut or Sun) Butter Cookies

Now take those cookies and spread Nutella between them for Peanut Butter Chocolate Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies. For a dairy-free version, use my Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut “Double Nutella” Spread instead of Nutella.

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My flourless nut butter cookies also come into play with my Cookie S’mores. Yes, Cookie S’mores. I will never have the patience to make gluten-free graham crackers and, to be perfectly honest, I think I have come up with a far better solution than traditional S’mores. These Cookie S’mores are easy to make and so very satisfying. I used Flourless Peanut Butter Almond Cookies as the base for these Cookie S’mores, but I’ve also used my Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies (the dairy-free version of that recipe is here) with rave reviews. And, yes, you can totally make Cookie S’mores in your oven. With no guilt whatsoever. But come warm weather, enjoy them around the campfire for sure.

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Flourless Almond Butter/Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores

Now what if you need an egg-free version of these cookies? Well, gfe readers have used flax and chia gel eggs to make these recipes, but I wanted to offer other egg-free versions.

In my first attempt, I used a banana to replace the egg. If you like bananas and can safely eat them, I think you will enjoy this recipe! Plus, it’s a great way to use that brown banana that’s been staring at us from the counter. Check out Flourless Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Flourless Banana Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

For my second attempt, I used another ingredient that provides fat and creaminess. Like bananas, we often have just a little bit of this ingredient left over, too, so a treat recipe that capitalizes on its characteristics is a true win-win. Find out what that secret ingredient is in these Flourless Egg-Free Nut Butter Cookies with the Secret Ingredient. Note that the photo shows a couple variations of this recipe.

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Two Versions of Secret Ingredient Flourless Nut Butter Cookies

We are also pretty fond of these Double Chocolate Nut Butter Oaties. They make for great, healthy “desserts.”

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Double Chocolate Nut (or Seed) Butter Oaties

Last year, during our Home for the Holidays event, Hallie of Daily Bites shared another peanut butter cookie recipe that used oats, her Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies. This recipe came from Hallie’s cookbook, The Pure Kitchen. Hallie is also the author of Super Healthy Cookies: 50 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes for Delicious and Nutritious Treats and the co-author of Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free: A Whole Food Starter Guide and Cookbook. Her Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies are terrific when made like traditional cookies, but I loved the thickness and texture of the batter and couldn’t resist makings some cut-out cookies, too.

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Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies from Daily Bites

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Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies from Daily Bites Turned Into Cut-out Cookies

Lest you think that all of these sweet recipes are for cookies, here’s one that I shared on my blog quite some time ago courtesy of Amy Green of Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. When I reviewed Amy’s cookbook,  Simply Sugar and Gluten Free: 180 Easy and Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less, I made her Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Cake. That is one excellent recipe. It’s gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free and is made in your slow cooker.

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Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Cake from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free

Now those are all sweet recipes, but what if you are looking for savory recipes that use peanut butter (or almond butter or sun butter)? Well, here are two that you will probably enjoy (particularly this time of year). I did.

Moroccan Spicy Tomato Soup from Diet, Dessert and Dogs

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Moroccan Spicy Tomato Soup from Diet, Dessert and Dogs

West African Chicken and Peanut Stew from The Whole Gang and Kalyn’s Kitchen (Diane only slightly adapted Kalyn’s recipe and got Kalyn’s permission to share her recipe. That’s a terrific example of blogging etiquette, I might add.)

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West African Chicken and Peanut Stew from Kalyn’s Kitchen & The Whole Gang


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22 Responses to “Ten Terrific Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Recipes for National Peanut Butter Day”

  1. laurie on January 24th, 2013 11:49 pm

    Thanks so much for posting these recipes. I was feeling a bit sorry for myself, and a bit deprived with the gf lifestyle. When I saw that first recipe, and how very simple it was I had to try it because I could not believe it would work with so few ingredients. I don’t know how it works but it was FABULOUS! It was just what I needed to remind me that I CAN do this!

    • Shirley on January 26th, 2013 4:23 pm

      Hi Laurie–It looks like you are new here–welcome! :-) I’m so glad that you loved these cookies. I’m all about making it easy with few ingredients and no special ingredients when possible. ;-) Yes, you CAN do this for sure! Once you have a few “tried and true” recipes under your belt it makes things so much easier. Be sure to look at my Getting Started section here. There are some very helpful printable tip sheets that will help you get in the gfe frame of mind. Also, take a look at my Recipe Index where you’ll find more simple and delish recipes. :-)


  2. Rochelle on January 25th, 2013 12:10 am

    Oh, this makes me want to go bake some cookies RIGHT NOW!

    • Shirley on January 26th, 2013 5:52 pm

      Hi Rochelle–Good to see you again. :-) I hope you made some yummy cookies. ;-)


  3. Ricki on January 25th, 2013 12:30 am

    Such a great roundup! Oh, how I miss peanut butter. And PB sandwich cookies with nutella filling–oh, my!!! Sounds incredible. Thanks so much for including my Moroccan Spiced PB Tomato Soup, too, Shirley! :)

    • Shirley on January 26th, 2013 5:53 pm

      Hi Ricki–Thanks! Well, without peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, and sun butter can make some delightful treats. ;-) And it’s a pleasure to share your wonderful tomato soup recipe with folks. :-)


  4. Ina Gawne on January 25th, 2013 9:56 am

    National Peanut Butter Day? I did not know about it. Love all of your cookie recipes Shirley – they look fabulous!

    • Shirley on January 26th, 2013 5:55 pm

      Ina–I always miss these holidays on my own. It’s only through other blogger friends that I manage to know a few of these special food days. ;-) Sharing the peanut butter love was a spur-of-the-moment decision, but felt like the right thing to do! :-)

      Thanks, dear!

  5. Fatcat on January 25th, 2013 11:20 am

    Did you read my mind or what?! Yesterday one of my friends called me and said her sister in law was giving away 10 pounds of better batter (don’t know why) and did I want it and another friend emailed me to let me know that a local store was having a sale on peanut butter, a small jar (that’s usually about 289) for 99 cents. So I have 10 JARS of peanut butter and 10 POUNDS of better batter!!!!!!!!!

    I was going to try and lose the 10 pounds I gained at Christmas but that may have to wait.

    • Shirley on January 26th, 2013 6:02 pm

      Hey there, Fatcat!–Long time no see! how did I not know about your gluten-free blog? I knew about your homeschooling blog, but I didn’t know about Gluten-Free What Can I Eat? I saw a lot of good looking recipes there, too. :-) Congrats on the peanut butter and Better Batter score! I know many who love Better Batter. I’d probably love it, too, if I tried it. This really is a post that has perfect timing for you! Enjoy all your treats! The only recipe that uses both those ingredients would be that Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Cake … that is to die for!


  6. Alyssa on January 25th, 2013 2:53 pm

    Great peanut butter ideas! I made some homemade paleo almond butter and coconut cookies yesterday…oops, ate the whole batch while making dinner!

    • Shirley on January 26th, 2013 6:42 pm

      Hi Alyssa–Good to see you. :-) There can never be enough peanut/nut/sun butter ideas, right? Your cookies sound fabulous! I don’t blame you for eating them all. Almond butter and coconut together are magical IMO. ;-)


  7. amber on January 25th, 2013 6:19 pm

    Ha ha…I never knew such a day existed. Well, I’ve been told peanut butter is quite delicious. I’m deathly allergic, so I cannot attest to it myself. At any rate, all the recipes look great. I’ve had good success using nut butters (such as almond, cashew, walnut, pecan, ect) in place of peanut or even seed butters. It’s funny, I make sunflower seed butter for my kiddos and it smells very much like peanut butter to me (and thus can’t eat it). I’m passing this post along to my die-hard peanut loving friends! :-)

    Have a great weekend, Shirley.


    • Shirley on January 26th, 2013 6:44 pm

      Hey dear–Yes, you need to stay away from the peanut butter! I’m glad you’ve had such success with nut butter and see butter though. I agree with you that sun butter smells like peanut butter. Thanks for sharing, dear! Hoping you are having a wonderful weekend, too. :-) The temps were in the 40s today. It felt wonderful!


  8. Lynne L on January 25th, 2013 8:03 pm

    Going to a baby shower tomorrow & making double choc nut butter oaties and banana nut butter choc chip cookies to take along!!! I was wondering what GF goodies to take & then came home to your lovely email just in time! Thanks my dear! ps I’m going to use peanut butter in the banana ones…just think there’s something about the combination that rocks! I wonder how many will actually make it into the basket LOL!

    • Shirley on January 26th, 2013 6:46 pm

      Hi Lynne–Obviously, I’m not replying to your comments in order. ;-) Anyway, I’m so glad the timing worked out for you! I agree that it is very hard to resist sampling while baking. ;-)


  9. Kalyn on January 26th, 2013 12:43 am

    How fun; when I saw the post on FB I didn’t realize my peanut butter chicken dish was part of it. I love that recipe; glad Diane enjoyed it too.

    And I LOVE peanut butter cookies. Of course I hardly ever make or eat cookies, but they’re at the top of my list.

    • Shirley on January 26th, 2013 6:48 pm

      Hi Kalyn–Well, since that usually happens to me when I’m reading posts of yours, I’m tickled to be able to return the favor. ;-) I’m glad you don’t make or eat cookies too often because that means you have more time to share all those other amazing recipes with us. And we need your fantastic main dishes, side dishes, and salads! :-)


  10. Lynne L on January 26th, 2013 10:46 am

    Kalyn, your pb chicken dish sounds awesome…I’m going to try it this week (we’re having jerk chicken today already marinated so it won’t be this weekend). I love the combination…can’t wait! Thanks to you, Diane & Shirley!

    • Shirley on January 26th, 2013 6:48 pm

      Lynne–Hope you’ll report back on the chicken dish, too. :-)


  11. laura on March 27th, 2013 12:25 pm


    i am thinking about making the pb fudge cake for Easter. However, i’m completely blind and am having trouble imagining how i would get the finnished cake out of the slow cooker without making a huge mess. can anyone provide me with the technique they used to do this?

    thanks in advance!

    • Shirley on March 27th, 2013 7:30 pm

      Hi Laura–This cake is more like a pudding cake so you won’t be trying to remove a traditional cake all in one piece. Using a large spoon type utensil will work just fine. :-)


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