I love a good peanut butter recipe especially peanut butter cookies. The cookies I'm sharing with you today aren't the traditional kind though. They're Peanut Butter Chia Seed Cookies.
Obviously, I had to take that insanely delicious but also rather unhealthy dessert and turn it into a much healthier one. Making healthier cookies can sometimes be tricky.
Cooking healthier, on the other hand, is much easier. While you are cooking, you can always add more ingredients or balance them out. With baking you don't really have that option. You can't just take your cookies out of the oven, stir in more flour, and then continue baking them. So there is definitely a lot of trial and error (that's code for: COOKIES LANDING IN THE TRASH) that goes into creating new baked goods.
These Peanut Butter Chia Seed Cookies were no different. Thankfully though, I finally managed to make some super yummy, milk dippable, toddler approved PB cookies.
In love yet? I am and so is everyone else in my family. I've been making these so much lately that it's hard to keep up with the demand in my house. I've even turned the cookie dough into a pie crust. That might be a new blog post ;)
Peanut Butter Chia Seed Cookies
- 1 cup 280g Creamy Peanut butter (made from 100% Peanuts)
- ⅓ of a cup 60g Whole Cane Sugar (or ½ of a cup Granulated Sugar)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 Chia Egg See notes on how to prepare using chia seeds
- ¾ of a teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- ⅔ of a cup 100g Whole Wheat Flour (or equal amount of all-purpose flour)
- 1 tablespoon Granulated Sugar optional
Preheat oven to 355°F (180°C) and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Cream together peanut butter, sugar and vanilla extract together in a medium sized bowl.
Add chia egg, salt, baking powder to bowl. Sift whole wheat flour and add to bowl as well. Stir all ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
Roll cookie dough into 1 ½" (3.8cm) balls. Roll balls in granulated sugar (optional). Place balls on cookie sheet and flatten cookies with a fork to make a crisscross pattern.
Bake in the oven for 12 -15 minutes until lightly browned.
Allow cookies to cool on a rack.
1.) It is easy to make chia eggs. Simple add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to a small bowl and cover with 3 tablespoons of water. Let this mixture sit for at least 15 minutes or even overnight if you prefer until a gel forms (This is your chia egg!). If you are doubling this recipe be sure to keep the 1:3 chia to water ratio when making chia eggs.2.) If you aren't used to baking with whole grains then you might find these cookies heavy at first. You can always use all-purpose flour instead of the whole grain if needed or slowly transition by using half whole wheat and half all-purpose. If you are used to making whole grain cookies then you'll love these ;)
I usually try to include the nutritional info in my recipes. Some people like seeing it and others couldn't care less. However, this time around I had to take a closer look.
When I first looked at the nutritional info for my peanut butter chia seed cookies I thought, mmmhm well these aren't that healthy. HOWEVER, then I looked at a Classic Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe and I was blown away by how incredibly unhealthy they were. Check out the comparison below.
Note that the nutritional info is for ONE single cookie and both are roughly the same size (my peanut butter chia seed cookies are actually a bit bigger).
Unreal. It completely blows my mind how a 1" cookie dough ball can have 238 calories. What's even worse is that these are PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES so you know you can't ever just eat one. I mean cookies really should ALWAYS come in stacks of 4 ;)
If you're looking to take advantage of even more healthy recipes with chia seeds then check out some of these:
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
O I love these! Wholesome and healthy ;) Cookie time!
Yum, I love a good cookie! Especially with peanut butter. And cookie dough as pie crust sounds just about perfect as well - can't wait to see that one!
Kelly @ TastingPage says
238 calories for one cookie is totally extreme - especially when you can have 3 of your's instead!
dixya @food, pleasure, and health says
love pb flavored anything..even better when it is in the form of cookies! yum yum
Linda @ Veganosity says
Those look amazing and that comparison is insane! I'm going to guess that the eggs in the conventional recipe are what add the fat and calories. I'm so happy that I eat a plant-based diet. It allows me to eat more cookies all while feeling better. Winning!
Chia seeds in cookies are best ingredients :) like it very much. Looks delicious :)
These look incredible! Peanut butter cookies are my FAV and this looks like such a simple, delicious recipe! Can't wait to try!
Manju | Cooking Curries says
Those look nice and crispy and chewy all at the same time. Love the chia in them!
Sophia | Veggies Don't Bite says
I LOVE peanut butter cookies! SO yummy. These sound delicious! And easy.
These are so cute!! I love anything peanut butter :-)
LOVE this recipe, Vanessa! Pinned :-)
Oh these sound amazing! I totally agree, cookies should always come in stacks of 4 :)
Jenn Bell says
Omi god loved these cookies! I ate so many of them! Thank you!
Vanessa Croessmann says
Thanks, Jenn. I'm so happy you liked them. They really are super delicious ;)
I love that these have chia seeds. Amazing photos btw.
The Vegan 8 says
These look soooo delicious Vanessa! I love how simple they are and of course, lots of peanut butter! Peanut butter cookies are one of my favorite cookies to make! I'm drooling! I love the thick texture of them too!
Sina @ Vegan Heaven says
These look so yummy, Vanessa! :-) I love peanut butter in cookies.
Just made them and yum! I used a flax egg instead and they were great.
Vanessa Croessmann says
Thanks, Em! Happy you liked them ;) I've made them with both chia or flax eggs and they turn out perfect each time.