If you are craving something sweet, you will need to try these healthy peanut butter cookies.  They use oats instead of flour and are so delicious to eat. 

I have wanted all the sweet things lately, so why not make a healthier option for myself since I am craving them so much?

The first round of these cookies were terrible.  They were dry and didn’t taste anything like a peanut butter cookie should. 

I hated wasting the first round of cookies, but I learned so much while I tried to come up with a healthier version of the peanut butter cookie.

This version of the healthy peanut butter cookies are amazing.  Like I said before, I learned a lot from my first fail. These cookies are moist, flavorful and oh so peanut-y. 

I can’t get enough of them right now.  I have already had 4 cookies and I’ll probably have 4 more by the end of the day.  Oops!

The sweet tooth cravings are real, people.  And they are something I really am struggling with.  That’s why I love these healthy desserts. These cookies are healthier than the traditional peanut butter cookie.

FAQs about this recipe

Why does this recipe use brown sugar and not white sugar?

Brown sugar is used in baking for things that are more moist and dense, like cookies.

White sugar is used in baking for things that need to rise, like meringues, mousses or fluffy baked goods.

Is brown sugar healthier than white sugar?

Brown sugar is actually white sugar with molasses. So there are no real health benefits to using brown sugar over white sugar.

However, in baking, there are differences between the 2 types of sugar.

What type of peanut butter should I use?

It doesn’t matter what type you use. I used creamy peanut butter, but you can also substitute another peanut butter alternative instead. I try to find peanut butter that has no added sugar and doesn’t use palm oil. Aldi sell a good one.

What are the health benefits of honey?

There are no known health benefits of honey. It is generally used as a sweetener in baking because it is naturally sweetened.

How do I make this recipe vegan?

To make this recipe vegan, substitute flax eggs (2 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 5 tablespoons of water) for the eggs, and use maple syrup instead of honey. Allow the flax egg mixture to sit for 5 minutes before adding it to the cookie dough.

Can I use a peanut butter substitute for this recipe?

You can substitute almond, cashew, or sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter in this recipe.

Note:  the “dough” will look fairly wet, but the cookies cook up nicely and get golden brown.

close up image of these healthy peanut butter cookies

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

Dash of Herbs
 If you are craving something sweet, you will need to try these healthy peanut butter cookies.  They use oats instead of flour and are so delicious to eat.  They also are only 4 Freestyle points per serving on Weight Watchers Freestyle, which makes for an awesome treat.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern
Servings 16 servings
Calories 120 kcal


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon water


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients into a “dough”.  Spoon out onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.


The dough will look runny, but it will bake nicely.


Calories: 120kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 4gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 207mgPotassium: 106mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 35IUCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.5mg
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  1. Hello Lisa – I believe the serving size is 2 cookies, and the calories are for 2 cookies.

  2. Are the calories for one cookie? What is the serving size?
    Thank you

  3. They are delicious! And protein packed with the peanut butter. You probably could make them even healthier, but through recipe testing, this recipe was the best batch.

  4. These look so good and would be awesome to have in my back pocket for when the kiddo asks for a cookie!! He’d be eating healthier without even knowing it! Will definitely be checking these out.

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