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Paleo “Peanut Butter” Cookies (vegan option)

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These paleo “peanut buttercookies use sunflower seed butter and have a crisp edge and chewy center! With a vegan option. Includes a video.

I know. Peanuts aren’t paleo. These cookies don’t actually use peanut butter but they taste similar to peanut butter cookies! As close as you’re going to get without any actual peanut butter.

I used unsweetened sunflower seed butter, which is a fantastic sub for peanut butter. I used it in this healthy peanut butter and jelly fudge and this chocolate peanut butter fudge for the paleo version (both are vegan) and the sunflower seed version is really just as delicious as the peanut butter one.

You’re probably not going to fool your kids into thinking these are made with peanut butter, though. Thought I should give you that warning. :)

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Even if you think you don’t like sunflower seed butter (some people think it’s a bit bitter), I bet you’ll love these paleo “peanut butter” cookies! Believe me – there’s enough sweetener in there to take care of any bitterness issues!

I will say that the strength of the sunflower seed taste depends on your sunflower seed butter. I use homemade sunflower seed and on those days when I accidentally toast the sunflower seeds a little too long and they’ve started to brown, the sunflower seed taste in the cookies is naturally stronger.

If your cookies turn green or have some green spots, don’t panic! It could happen (though I haven’t had that issue). It’s a normal reaction between the chlorophyll in the sunflower seeds and the baking soda. It doesn’t change the taste and they haven’t gone bad!

I read in the SunButter FAQ that a splash of lemon juice helps. So that’s what I’ve done! So far, no green cookies. :)

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I also read that reducing the baking soda helps but I tried that and these cookies need the full amount of baking soda.

Something else I did to transform my paleo chocolate chip cookies into these paleo “peanut butter” cookies was to add another tablespoon of coconut flour. Sunflower seed butter is a little runnier than almond butter and you could see it by looking at the dough.

Or is that just my homemade sunflower seed butter? I’ve made different variations of these cookies over 100 times and every time, the sunflower version comes out very wet – at least until you chill the dough very well!

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Using different sweeteners

I’ve gotten SO many questions about using maple syrup or honey in place of the coconut sugar in my chocolate chip cookie recipe. I’ve tried it loads of times and just don’t like the result.

You unfortunately can’t sub a liquid sweetener for a granulated one and not reduce the liquid. The problem with my recipe is that there’s no liquid to reduce! More liquid in a recipe = more cakey, which is definitely not how I like my cookies.

I experimented with just using the yolk, adding more flour, and stuff like that but nothing worked.

So the same goes for this recipe – you have to use a granulated sweetener unless you want to totally change the texture of the cookies. When you sub in a liquid sweetener, these cookies will taste like a healthy cookie.

Want to use peanut butter?

And as for using actual peanut butter in these cookies, I still haven’t had success with that. I’ve had loads of people tell me in the original recipe that they used it with success, but I really wonder if they first tried the almond butter version.

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Every single time I’ve tried, the resulting cookie texture is definitely different. The peanut butter ones are cakey and don’t have the awesome texture and they don’t taste very peanut buttery. I actually prefer these sunflower seed butter cookies over the real peanut butter version!

By the way, I used Nordic Ware’s Insulted Baking Sheet, which I featured in this paleo “oatmeal” cookies post. I’ve used this pan a lot recently and love it!

Until I master a grain-free peanut butter cookie, you can always make my vegan chickpea cookies! They’re like ooey gooey peanut butter cookie dough when eaten straight out of the oven. :D

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Paleo “Peanut Butter” Cookies (vegan option, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

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