Today is National Peanut Butter Day, so I thought I’d do a roundup of the gluten-free peanut butter recipes shared here previously on gfe. If you’re a peanut butter lover, I think you’ll love all these recipes! But don’t dismay if you can’t eat peanut butter, every one of these recipes can be made with almond butter or SunButter (sunflower seed butter) instead. You can probably even use other nut butters and some nut-free friends are big fans of WOWBUTTER.
Just FYI, making your own nut or seed butter does not have to be difficult. I have even made my own cashew butter only using roasted cashws and my mini chopper before. Seriously. But let’s get to the recipes, shall we?
~ Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies ~ Let’s start with the peanut butter recipe that is made most often in my home—an absolute favorite of ours! 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 just “okay” in my personal opinion. However, using brown sugar and two more ingredients that the recipe I use calls for make these cookies phenomenal.
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!
~ Peanut Butter Chocolate Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies.~ Now take those Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies and spread Nutella between two of them for these amazing sandwich cookies! For a dairy-free version, use my Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut “Double Nutella” Spread instead of Nutella.
~ Cookie S’mores ~ Yes, I said Cookie S’mores! My flourless nut butter cookies also come into play with this recipe. I will never ever 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 Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies and Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies 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.
~ Flourless Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ Now what if you need an egg-free version of my Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies? Well, gfe readers have used both flax and chia gel eggs successfully 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.
~ Flourless Egg-Free Nut Butter Cookies with the Secret Ingredient ~ For my second attempt at an egg-free version, I used another ingredient that provides fat and creaminess. As with bananas, we often have just a little bit of this particular ingredient left over as well so a treat recipe that capitalizes on its characteristics is a true win-win.
Learn what that secret ingredient is in these Flourless Egg-Free Nut Butter Cookies. Note that the photo shows a couple of variations of this recipe.
~ Double Chocolate Nut Butter Oaties ~ We are also pretty fond of these cookies. They make for great, healthy “desserts.”
~ Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies ~ 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. (By the way, speaking of cookies, you should know that Hallie is also the author of Super Healthy Cookies: 50 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes for Delicious and Nutritious Treats.)
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.
~ Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies ~ The peanut butter in these treats from Simply Living Healthy comes from peanut butter chips. There are both chocolate chips and peanut butter chips plus finely chopped chocolate. Oh yeah, they’re GOOD!
~ Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Crispy Rice Bars ~ These mouth-watering bars from Kyra Bussanich of Kyra’s Bake Shop deliver on both visual appeal and taste! I mean who doesn’t love rice crispy bars? But with chocolate and peanut butter added, these treats are a huge “Wow!” This recipe was shared from Krya’s Sweet Cravings cookbook.~ Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Cake ~ 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. I made it when I reviewed Amy’s cookbook, Simply Sugar and Gluten Free: 180 Easy and Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less.
Let me tell you, this cake is one excellent recipe. Especially if you love peanut butter and chocolate together and anything, absolutely anything, with hot fudge in the title! This cake is gluten free, dairy free, and is made in your slow cooker.
~ Peanut Butter Muffins ~ With or without chocolate chips, these muffins are a wonderful way to start your day! We like some muffins “plain” and some with chocolate chips. Both are delicious!
~ Sneaky Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins ~ This peanut butter muffin recipe from my friend Kathryn (aka ChaCha, at ChaCha’s Gluten-Free Kitchen) is flourless. Isn’t that amazing? Kathryn uses a secret ingredient to create that feat. You’ll want to check that out for sure but I want to tell you that Kathryn made these muffins for Mr. GFE and me and we loved them!
~ Black Magic Peanut Butter ~ This peanut butter spread recipe from Chocolate-Covered Katie can be made in 30 seconds! Surprisingly, there is no chocolate included in this recipe. Another one of my favorite ingredients delivers the star power in this Black Magic Peanut Butter. Check it out.
Now those are all sweet recipes, but what if you are looking for savory recipes that use peanut butter (or almond butter, other nut butter, or Sunbutter)? Well, here are two that you will probably enjoy (particularly this time of year). I did.
~ 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.) Only a small amount of peanut butter is needed for this delightful stew.
A Few More Recipes Made Using SunButter or Almond Butter
Although these recipes are made using SunButter or almond butter, peanut butter can easily be subbed in.
~ Disappearing Mounds Cookies ~ These cookies earn their name. Click the link to read more.
~ Flourless Brownies ~ I consider these brownies healthy enough to eat for breakfast!
~ No-Bake Almond Chocolate Double Coconut Cookies ~ These cookies are a slightly different but still very delicious, take on the classic no-bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies.
Originally published January 24, 2014; updated January 24, 2021.