Healthier Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

I’m sad that they’re all gone. I had the best week with them. They were perfect with coffee, perfect fuel for my workouts, and a tasty treat after dinner. Now they are gone…every last crumb. 
On Friday afternoon, after finishing up a deep clean around the house, I decided to bake some cookies. I went with a peanut butter flavor because that’s Kyle’s favorite. I also wanted a cookie that would be healthy enough to eat with my coffee, or before heading off to the gym. I love when a cookie has a purpose 🙂 The purpose of fuel to be exact. 

4.91 from 11 votes

Healthier Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 28 Cookies
Author Taralynn McNitt


  • 1 Cup Gluten Free Oats
  • 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour (or almond flour)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 2/3 Cup Swerve (or stevia)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Tsps Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Buter (or your choice of nut butter)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the oats, baking powder, baking soda, flour, salt, and Swerve together. 

  2. Stir the eggs, melted coconut oil, and vanilla into the dry ingredients. 

  3. Mix in the peanut butter. 

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

  5. Grease a baking sheet and scoop two-tablespoon sized balls of dough onto the baking sheet. Press down with a fork. Leave about one inch between cookies. 

  6. Bake 12-14 minutes (The cookies will continue to cook when you remove them from the oven.) Take them out with they are slightly soft in the middle and fully cooked on the outsides. 

Recipe Notes

Makes 28 (2 Tablespoon sized) Cookies!

Nutrition Per Cookie: 80 Calories, 8g Carbs, 7g Fat, 5g Protein, 1g Sugar

I love this recipe because it’s so easy to make. You don’t need any funky ingredients! They are gluten free, dairy free, low sugar, contain complex carbs, and can be made nut free by making some swaps! 
I ate these cookies in the morning with my coffee and before the gym!

Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is packed with healthy fats, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, fiber, and protein. Also great on top of oats before a workout! (more)

Oatmeal: Oats are a great complex carb that can lower cholesterol & stabilize blood glucose levels! Also, one of my favorite pre-run fuels. (more)

Eggs: Eggs are a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids! They also contain 11 vitamins & minerals. (more)

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil can help improve gut health by taking out the bacteria and candida! If you eat it with omega-3 fatty acids (eggs), it can become double effective! So these cookies are a win. Coconut oil is a great healthy fat source and improves digestion. (more)

Sea Salt: Salt gets a bad rep. But, if I’m low on salt, I feel it. Sea salt can contain magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and iodine! All wonderful components for a healthy lifestyle! (more)

These cookies sound like a big win to me…
You can use an electric mixer if you want, but I always like to give my arm a good workout 😉 When you’re not using butter, the mixer isn’t that necessary. 
Yum! Give me all the peanut butter! (you can use any kind of nut butter in these!)   
I was so excited with how delicious these cookies turned out. It’s hard to believe how good these were without the butter, brown sugar, cane sugar, and so on! You honestly couldn’t tell the difference. Kyle LOVED them. The peanut butter cookies are soft in the middle and flaky on the edges. I am going to try these with almond butter and pumpkin next time!    
Cookie perfection…

Don’t forget to tag me in your photos if you make these! 🙂 I’m excited to hear your thoughts!

Questions for you!

  1. Do you enjoy breakfast cookies with your morning coffee?
  2. What is your favorite kind of peanut butter? Crunchy/Creamy
  3. What is for dinner tonight?



  • Anonymous

    5 stars

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  • Sumit

    these cookies look very yummy, I can’t wait to eat them. Thanks for this recipe

    Reply to Sumit
  • Ceb

    5 stars
    This peanut butter oatmeal cookies is so good, my kids love it. Delicious as well as healthy.

    Reply to Ceb
  • Sara

    Can you share some healthy options for peanut butter? I’m assuming I shouldn’t be using the regular old JIF 🙂

    Reply to Sara

    Instead of stevia or swerve can I use maple syrup or coconut sugar and how

    Reply to TAMMY
  • Kalin

    Yummmm these really do look like the perfect companion to coffee!

    Reply to Kalin
  • Steff

    5 stars
    These were a lot of fun to make! Perfect Friday treat and tasty, too.

    Reply to Steff
  • Janice

    5 stars
    Great cookie.

    Reply to Janice
  • Anil

    4 stars
    Looking yummy!!!!!

    Reply to Anil
  • Amie

    5 stars

    I made these last night and they turned out better than imagined! Thanks again for a wonderful recipe. I can’t wait to eat my cookie with coffee at work! Have a great weekend Taralynn.


    Reply to Amie
  • Alexandra

    Hey Taralynn! Totally pinned this recipe, I need to try out Swerve! For this recipe what PB did you use- did you make it yourself? Thanks! 🙂

    Reply to Alexandra
  • Jordan

    5 stars
    Seriously, these look AMAZING! Definitely going to make them this weekend or next week when I meal prep! Always looking for healthy alternatives to satisfy my sweet tooth… which is really bad. :/

    Reply to Jordan
  • Katie

    5 stars
    These look heavenly!

    Reply to Katie
  • Michelle

    I am trying with cashew butter.

    Reply to Michelle
  • Jessie @ The Acquired Sass

    1. I usually scarf down my breakfast long before my coffee, but I would gladly eat a breakfast cookie with my morning coffee


    3. Caprese pasta! Bowtie pasta + chopped tomatoes & basil from the garden, some diced fresh mozzarella & topped with homemade pesto we made a week or two ago with all our extra fresh basil!

    These cookies sound great! Are they sweet? I’ll replace the Swerve with sugar, but may cut it down a bit, and maybe add a scoop of protein powder. I just can’t seem to leave well enough alone. We’ll see how they turn out!

    Reply to Jessie @ The Acquired Sass
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Who wouldn’t?!! 😉

      Depends on the brand for me! The DIY peanut butter machines always make the best!!


      Let me know how it turns out! These aren’t overly sweet! They are “just right” (pretty sure I just quoted goldilocks)

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
  • Chelsea @ Just Me Chelsea B.

    These look AMAZING! I am going to have to try them! I’ve actually never tried a cookie with coffee, but I’m not sure why not! It sounds fabulous!!
    My favorite PB is the natural one from Whole Foods! It has the best flavor and texture of any kind I’ve tried. (And I’ve tried a lot of PB in my lifetime! ;))

    Reply to Chelsea @ Just Me Chelsea B.
    • Taralynn McNitt

      PERFECT dipped with coffee!!!

      YES! WHOLE FOODS PB IS SO GOOD. Actually, the Fresh market has better peanut butter. Kyle and I did a compare taste test.

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
  • Hilary

    Yum! These look so delicious! I can’t wait to make them, I love cookies with a purpose too, and my fiancé is a Cookie Monster so I love making cookies with a purpose for him! Can’t wait to try them for a Friday dessert tomorrow!

    Reply to Hilary
  • Jacqui

    5 stars
    1. I would literally eat cookies at any time of any day. Sweet tooth to the extreme! Can’t wait to try this healthier version!
    2. Creamy, 100000%
    3. Grilled chicken cobb salad!

    Happy Friday eve! 🙂

    Reply to Jacqui
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Jacqui!

      I did the same with these cookies! I need to make some new ones today! (WITH PUMPKIN)

      MMMMMM I love roasted honey peanut butter!

      OH YUM!!


      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
  • Chandler

    100% making these this weekend. YUMMY. Thanks for the recipe!

    1) I’ve never made breakfast cookies before, but excited to try them!
    2) Favorite peanut butter is crunchy all the way!
    3) Dinner tonight is Gimme Some Oven’s Skinny Honey Lemon Chicken Stir Fry! It’s the best 🙂

    Reply to Chandler
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Enjoy them! 🙂 & let me know what you think!

      Cookies for breakfast are genius. Also, if someone has kids…great way to get them to actually eat in the morning!

      MMMM I love the Whole Foods DIY roasted honey peanut butter.

      YUM! That sounds so good.

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
  • Shannen

    5 stars
    Who doesn’t love a good breakfast cookie?! Any excuse to eat a cookie and not feel guilty about eat a couple and I’m all in!
    I grew up on Jif Creamy PB and I have yet to find another pb to compare. But I’ve been looking for a healthier alternative.
    These will definitely be in my kitchen by then end of the week. Thanks Taralynn for the recipe!

    Reply to Shannen
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yes! I think I had three a day! #NOSHAME

      You should try making your own peanut butter! IT’S SO GOOD! Kyle and I like to make honey roasted peanut butteR!

      xo xo Let me know what you think of them! Have a great weekend.

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
  • Carrie this fit chick

    The addition of coconut oil must be a game changer! Never thought to use that and I can already taste how moist and dense these are!

    Reply to Carrie this fit chick
  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Thanks for the recipe, Taralynn. I LOVE oatmeal cookies – with raisins, with chocolate, with anything! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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