Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

The most delicious and easy Oil-free Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies that are just 7 ingredients, made in 1 bowl, dairy-free and also gluten-free! Ready in about 20 minutes!

It's been quite some time since I shared a cookie recipe. In other words, it was time. I shared a pic of me making these amazing Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies on my Instagram stories and finally sharing that recipe today. I have another peanut butter cookie recipe on the blog that is really popular, 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies, but that one uses almond flour, so this one is quite different. Therefore, I needed a go-to gluten-free peanut butter cookie recipe.


Like with all of my recipes, I do not use oil in my cookies or desserts! And you know, you don't need that oil, you need moisture. As long as you have a moisture or fat element, it works the same. Since there is a heavy dose of peanut butter in these cookies, they provide all the richness and moisture we need and are naturally oil-free. It is important that you use a peanut butter with no added oils or sugar. My favorite brand is Simple Truth which I buy from Kroger. They only add a touch of salt.

I love that these cookies are super fudgy and moist with a slightly crispy edge. In other words, perfect.


You don't need all-purpose flour here. All you need are 7 easy ingredients for these gluten-free peanut butter cookies (+salt if your peanut butter doesn't have it):

  • white rice flour
  • tapioca starch
  • peanut butter
  • maple syrup
  • baking powder
  • vanilla extract
  • chocolate chips


First, add your dry ingredients to a large bowl. Secondly, whisk them well.

Next, add the peanut butter, syrup, vanilla and chocolate chips. Stir until a thick batter forms.

vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough in bowl

Form balls using 2 tablespoons worth of the batter and place about 2 inches apart on the pan, 9 on each pan.

vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookie balls

Flatten each cookie with your hands to 1/4 inch thick which should yield them to about 2 inches wide.

Pre-baked vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Bake for just 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden. Enjoy!

Could it be any easier? Making these gluten-free peanut butter cookies in 1 bowl, 7 ingredients (+salt) and in 20 minutes. Therefore, you have no excuse not to make them.

Get in your kitchen and make these oil-free vegan peanut butter cookies, then come back and leave your feedback below and star rate the recipe if you loved them!

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Yields 18 cookies

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

The most delicious and easy Oil-free Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies that are just 7 ingredients, made in 1 bowl, dairy-free and gluten-free!

10 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

22 minTotal Time

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5 based on 12 review(s)


  • 1/2 cup (80g) white rice flour (brown will make them crumble, see NOTES below for sub)
  • 1/4 cup (32g) tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt (if your peanut butter has added salt, then omit)
  • 1/2 cup (160g) pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup (256g) natural creamy peanut butter (with no added oils or sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (180g) dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Note: Please weigh your ingredients for accuracy. We all measure differently and using a scale makes the result much more precise. This recipe is created specifically for peanut butter. Almond butter is much oilier and wetter than peanut butter. So, it is not recommended to sub or the batter will not perform the same way. I have plenty of almond butter cookies on the blog. Try these Chocolate Chip Cookies instead if allergic to peanut butter.


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. Add the rice flour, tapioca starch, baking powder and salt to a large bowl and whisk well.
  3. To the same bowl, pour the syrup over the dry ingredients. Add the peanut butter, vanilla and chocolate chip and stir to combine everything. The batter will seem loose and wet at first but you will need to stir for around 2 minutes until it comes together into a thick, cohesive batter. It should no longer be wet. That is the nature of peanut butter.
  4. Form balls using 2 tablespoons worth of the batter and place about 2 inches apart on the pan, 9 on each pan. Flatten each cookie with your hands to 1/4 inch thick which should yield them to about 2 inches wide. Flatten them with a patting motion going around the cookie to keep the round shape. Refer to photos in the post for visual help.
  5. Bake only 1 pan at a time for 10-12 minutes. I did mine at 12 minutes, this will yield a crispier cookie and a nice golden brown color. Repeat with the 2nd pan.
  6. Cool 10 minutes on the pan, no exception, or they will fall apart. They firm up as they cool. Then transfer to cool completely on a rack.


If you are not gluten-free you can try to make these with regular white all-purpose flour, sub the white rice flour with 1/2 cup (64g) and make sure to weigh it for best results. The weight is different with all-purpose flour because it is more absorbent. You will still need the tapioca starch. I have not tested this version, but it may cook slightly faster.


  1. Vi
    These look tempting, but Every time I make one of your cookie recipes that contain rice flour, they crumble. I use Bob’s Red Mill. Bet the raw dough would be fabulous though!
      Are you using white and not brown?? That is a huge difference in the result. I only have one other cookie recipe on the blog that uses white rice flour and not one reader has had trouble with them, the Iced Oatmeal Cookies. In fact, they are my most popular cookies and hold together fantastic. These do not crumble. I've made them 4 times already. The white rice combined with tapioca is what binds them. As long as you let them cool (as instructed) on the pan, they firm up considerably. If you try to remove them while still warm, they will definitely crumble.
  2. Do you have the nutritional values for this recipe? As my husband and I are diabetic I would like to know the grams of carbs per cookie if possible. Thank you
      Hi Melody! I don't have it yet but will try to get it added this evening. If you both are diabetic though, I would worry about the sugar and fat content of these cookies moreso than the carbs. These definitely are not what I would call diabetic-friendly because of all the sugar in the chocolate chips and maple syrup. If you are looking for a healthier cookie with less sugar, these peanut butter cookies are less sugar and not too much syrup used. I would skip the sugar coating.
  3. Can't wait to try making these cookies, never cooked with rice flour before but I'm digging finding vegan cookies to swap for regular ones. Just a friendly note, in the recipe section you mention "Try these Chocolate Chip Cookies instead if allergic to peanut butter." but there's no hyperlink :)
      Hi Nicole! Oops, sorry about that, I've added it now! Just make sure you use white rice flour for this particular recipe :)
  4. These sound good but oil free is misleading with 1 cup of peanut butter. Peanut oil?
      Oil-free meaning oil is not an added or listed ingredient. They are not fat-free, but oil is not added. 90% of cookie recipes use oil or butter, I never use those in my recipes. I stick to whole foods, like nuts for the fat instead of processed oils. The peanut butter I use is just peanuts ground up. Just like flax seeds have natural oils and even lemons/oranges have natural oils but they aren't technically oils. Oil by itself is 100% liquid fat. Nuts still have their whole nutritional profile of protein, carbs, fat, etc. Hope this clears things up!
  5. Dg
    Can we use regular flour?
      Hi DG! I haven’t tested it personally but think so. It will change the texture some and possibly make them a bit drier but think it should work. Let me know!
      • DG
        Would I need the tapioca starch if using regular flour?
          Without testing them, this is just a guess, but I would try just using 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons of the all-purpose flour and omit the starch, so you will need 80 grams of all-purpose flour. I think that should work, but again, can't confirm as I've not tested this version. If after mixing the batter for a minute or two, if it's still not thickened up and rollable into balls, add another tablespoon of flour. Let me know if you try it.
  6. SOOOOOO yummy!!! I followed the recipe to the T and it is fabulous. They are moist on the inside and a little crisp on the outside. I have never been disappointed with any of the recipes. You are my go to blog and I sing your praises to everyone that will listen:-) Can't wait for the cookbook!
      Woohoo! So happy to hear this Susan! Thank you so much for such an amazing review! You really made my day, thank you so much for such kind words about my recipes and your excitement for the cookbook. It means so much to me!
  7. These look delicious! Is there another flour we could substitute for rice flour that would work? I feel like I've purchased so many different types of flour that I'd like to use one I already have - whole wheat, spelt or almond?
      Hi Sarah! You can try spelt. Whole wheat and almond would not work as well. I have of course not tested spelt so can't guarantee the results, but it should work similarly. Spelt does have a grain taste though, so it will somewhat change the flavor. Hopefully they bind okay. Make sure to let them cool and let me know how they turn out please!
      If you want to bake some with almond flour, here is my original peanut butter cookie recipe that uses just almond flour. You can always add chocolate chips to the batter if you want!
  8. Looks great! Can cashew butter and coconut flour be used?
      Hi Louisa! Cashew butter should work okay but definitely don't use coconut flour. Coconut flour is VERY absorbent and very drying to baked goods. It would make them crumble terribly. The white rice flour or even all-purpose regular flour really work best here.
  9. These look delicious! How many do these make?
      Hi Phoebe! It says 18 cookies at the very top of the printout recipe sheet :) It's kind of small but on all the recipes, it will have the yields in that top left corner :) It makes a nice size batch of cookies!
  10. White rice and tapioca--I did not see that coming. I haven't worked with rice flour in forever, and I am intrigued that two quite sticky flours together can make for such a marvelous looking cookie. You are some sort of flour combining scientists over there whipping out cookie experiments and always finding delicious new combos no one expects :) But that little ball of dough just glistening with peanut butter richness on the pan...are you SURE we have to bake them? Haha! It would be a crime not to be generous with the chocolate chips and the salt on this one. I mean reese's in cookie form, does it get any better than that? No. And GIMME!
      Hahaha flour combining scientist! LOL! I honestly just find it so darn fun and intriguing how there really is no end to the creative combos of gluten-free flours that actually DO work amazing! I have another one that I used for a baked muffin recipe in my cookbook that I've never used before either on the blog that blew me away! ;) Haha, seriously, I admit I ate my share of spoonfuls of the cookie dough before I baked it. Thanks girl!!
  11. Hehe!!! I don't know that the cookie dough would make it onto a baking sheet in our house!!! Chocolate chip cookie dough is dangerous! I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again, you're the cookie queen!! Or cookie wizard :) OK, really you're the dessert queen and without having made these, i can pretty much say without a doubt that these will be amazing! I have yet to try a cookie recipe of yours that I didn't devour. I can't wait to make these for my family!
      Haha, thank you my friend!! You are too sweet! Yes, you are so right, the cookie dough itself is so dangerous, but thankfully totally safe to eat!! I owe you an email!! Love you!
  12. Just made these and they are fantastic!!!!! Yum, finally a cookie I can eat, thank-you!
      Yayyyy! So happy to hear that Molly! Thank you so much for leaving a review!
  13. Well a cookie recipe huh? Weird for you....LMAO There can NEVER be enough cookies. You hear me? NEVER!
  14. These seem very quick and easy to make and they look delicious :)
      Thank you, yes, very quick and definitely delicious!
  15. Hi Brandi, I just made these this past weekend for my family. They were terrific!!! I adjusted the second batch cooking time to the full 12 minutes and found the consistency much crispier than the first, but both were great! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!
      Yay! So very happy to hear that Daniel! Thank you for the wonderful review!
  16. I couldn't imagine a more perfect looking cookie! And love that they're non traditional and made with rice flour and tapioca - I would never have guessed that. Love the recipe, Brandi!
      Thank you so much Nisha! They turned out just as amazing as any I've ever had with butter or white flour!
  17. Would soya nut butter work? Tastes just like peanut butter and my son won't need his epi pens!! :-)
      I think so! I've never used that nut butter before so I honestly have no idea how it bakes up since it's not made with just purely nuts. You can try it though!
      • It's really yummy. I'll give it a go and see how it works!
  18. Thanks you for this delicious recipe! I made the cookies today, can’t believe how simple and quick they were to make and they taste amazing!
      I'm just so happy to hear that Jemma, thank you so much for the review!
  19. Made these today. Very good, although distinctly different texture than regular flour. Will share with my dietitian coworkers tomorrow and see what they think. And for all of us non-bakers unfamiliar with tapioca starch, I now know it's the same as tapioca flour (at least that's what Bob's Red Mill package says) 😀 Thanks for all your great recipes!
  20. We love your Chocolate chip cookies and your peanut butter ones AND now they had a baby with these fabulous nuggets if wonderfulness. Chewy and a little crispy and I mean it's chocolate and peanut butter. Need I say more? I dare say the dough barely made it on the cookie sheet. I did manage to cook a few.. haha
      Yay! Thank you Estee for making them! So happy you loved them so much!
  21. The Vegan 8 has been a go-to source for yummy vegan meals for our family for quite some time. After going gluten-free for health reasons a few months ago it’s been hard to find good vegan and gluten-free cookie recipes. So excited to have found this one for peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!! I love peanut butter and I love chocolate... WINNER! Even had to fight my parents for the cookies 🍪 (who are not gluten-free).
      Thank you so much Alli for such a thoughtful and amazing review! I'm so honored you are enjoying my recipes so much, thank you! So glad you and your parents loved these!
  22. Just made these and they are SO good! I have tried a handful of your recipes and they’ve yet to disappoint! So glad I found your IG/website :)
      Thank you so much Kathryn! So glad to hear how much you are enjoying my recipes and these cookies, thank you so much for the lovely review!
  23. Can cornstarch be used in place of tapioca?
      You can try it! It might make them slightly more tender since tapioca has stronger binding qualities, but just make sure to let the cookies fully cool before picking up and that should help.
  24. Can I replace the maple syrup with honey? If so, how many grams of honey should I use? Thanks!
      Hi Stephanie, I never use honey so I can't give advice on how much you would need. I do know that honey is much sweeter than maple syrup and much, much thicker and stickier, so it will change the texture of the batter and sweetness level. I guess try to use the same amount, I'm not sure since it's been years since I've used it!
  25. Tom
    I subbed Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free baking blend for the white rice flour and it worked just fine. These cookies are delicious!
      Oh that is wonderful to hear Tom, thank you so much for the lovely feedback!
  26. Brandi! These were amazing! Super easy to whip up too. I had sweet white rice flour and was afraid it would turn out too sweet, but they came out perfectly. I had to leave mine in the over for more than 12 mins though, but of course it depends upon the oven I am sure. Getting hit with a snowstorm here in WV and have another snow day tomorrow (I'm a teacher) so tomorrow's mission: THIN MINTS!! :) You have been a lifesaver on our new vegan journey (since July). I can not wait for your book to come out!
      Oh yay Jeannine! So happy to hear how much you loved these! Yes, the sweet rice flour is a much stickier flour than the regular rice flour so that could possibly be why it took a bit longer. Oh great, can't wait to hear what you think of the Thin Mints! Watch out, they are dangerous, haha! Thank you so much for your sweet words!
  27. Just made these with the APF version vs the rice. I used the exact weight listed in the conversion section at the bottom of the recipe, and also added the tapioca flour. The dough was delicious, and we had to force ourselves to stop eating it!! I baked the cookies for 12-13 min, in a convection oven. They are a tad dry I feel. Tasty, very tasty. But dry... Maybe I should have baked them a few minutes less, or maybe a tablespoon or two less Apf??? They didn't crumble or fall apart, stayed in form perfectly. I'll buy some rice flour this week, and try again!!!! Thank you for your recipe, I'll be purusing the rest of your site for more! 😊
      Hi Lisa! Yes, I actually didn't test the all-purpose version, that was just a guess, so since white flour is more absorbent and finely ground than white rice, then they would definitely cook faster, so I would try 1-2 minutes less next time and they should be perfect! I edited my note!
  28. I just purchased a large bag of Bob’s almond flour. ☹️ Do you think I can use my processor to grind it finer so that I would get good results?
      Hi Bari, this recipe doesn't use almond flour and it won't work here. Were you thinking of another recipe? I have many recipes using almond flour though here on the blog, many!
  29. This is a family favorite, we have made them a handful of time. Non vegans love them just the same, they are a keeper!
      Yay, so thrilled to hear that Stephanie! Thank you for leaving the wonderful feedback!
  30. May
    Hi! Do you think I can sub tapioca starch with arrowroot powder?
      I haven't tried it but think it should work! I never use arrowroot for baking, so I can't say with 100% but give it a try and let me know! Make sure to let the cookies fully cool too so they don't crumble :)
  31. So yummy! The perfect amount of crispiness. I liked the texture of the rice flour too. Will definitely make again! I promise not to ask about subbing anything. Perfect as is!
      So awesome to hear Nina! Thank you so much for making them and not asking for a sub, hahaha :)
  32. Hi Brandi. These were absolutely delicious 😋!!! I made them as is, weighing out all the ingredients and they turned out superb! I was wondering if it's possible to use coconut sugar instead of maple syrup as a sweetener? I know it's 2 different textures. I looked through the comments but couldn't see any reference to this question. I would love to make this as is every single time but it's just that maple syrup here is super expensive, so curious if there's an coconut sugar, which isn't that expensive. I'm in South Africa 😊. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipes 😃
      Hi Nalini! Yay, I'm so happy to hear how much you loved them! And guess what, I'm posting a brand new chocolate chip cookie today made with coconut sugar, haha! So you should definitely try those. They are incredible. As far as subbing this one, I wouldn't suggest coconut sugar since you need the liquid from the syrup to come out correctly. Agave would work though and is much cheaper (here anyways) than syrup. Do you have agave there? And thank you again for the lovely review, it means a lot! If you get a chance to leave the star rating, I would really appreciate it, they are beneficial to me!
  33. SOOOO Yummy and scrumtious!! Or is it Scrummy and Yumtious?? I can't tell cause I'm just beaming with joy after consuming enough cookies to do serious harm to a large farm animal!! haha lol. I ate all of them in front of my daughter while she ate those crappy chips ahoy. Haha she doesn't even know what she's missing! Poor girl. My wife BEGGED me to let her have one but NO WAY!! her taste buds are not refined enough to enjoy this level of yumminess. MAybe when she's older. Maybe. Getting old is strange. Time seems to speed up and before you know it all of your friends are dying. Maybe I'll outlive mine. And my family for that matter. It seems like our world is at a real turning point. speeding rapidly toward some apocolyptic catastrophe. you think it will be a climate related ecologocal collapse that will do in the humans? I do. I really do.
      I'm so happy you loved these so much Peter!! Haha, you are so bad not sharing! These taste super rich so I'm betting she would like them, I know so many kids that gobble these up that aren't vegan. I hear ya, life does go by really quickly so just keep being an example and hopefully family will come around :)
  34. We LOVE these cookies!! We even made a video on it lol and the kids loved them too. So simple, and so yummy! It’s been decided- you’re a genius. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
      I loved the video on youtube, it was such fun to watch!! It even made me hungry for my own recipe, haha! I'm so happy y'all loved them, thank you so much for making and sharing!!

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