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No Sugar Peanut Butter Cookies

Updated on October 14, 2016

Healthy, No Flour, No Sugar Peanut Butter Cookies

These healthy no sugar peanut butter cookies are delicious, and also GMO*-free and gluten-free! And here, "sugar-free" or "no sugar" does NOT mean they are sweetened with Aspartame or Sucralose (Splenda) -- they are sweetened with dates and sweet potatoes! Even my friends with severe super sweet tooths love em!

These treats end up to be something between a cookie and a muffin. My goal was actually to make my own version of lembas bread -- a nutritious biscuit that I can take on the go that's both tasty and healthy. I think I've created something entirely new here. Okay, someone MAY have invented a similar no sugar peanut butter cookie recipe somewhere but this one was generated entirely from my own experimentation.

I didn't set out to make these cookies gluten-free but fortunately for all you gluten intolerant people (like my mom) it just turned out that way. The majority of the fat is from peanut butter (which is healthier for you).

Note, the cooked sweet potatoes ingredient may seem like a hassle because you have to pre-cook them but I suggest you bake a large batch of them in the oven and freeze some for later. If you have to make these in a pinch, it will still work without the sweet potatoes. In fact, as an update I've now gotten into the habit of regularly making these really quick and easy without the sweet potatoes.

Recipe:

This recipe will make approximately 24 cookies.

no sugar peanut butter cookies - ingredients
no sugar peanut butter cookies - ingredients

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter (all natural or organic -- the ONLY ingredient should be "roasted peanuts"; no soy oil, corn, hydrogenated oil, etc.)

  • 1 Cup Baked Sweet Potato (see note above - this ingredient can be excluded but it's worth trying out)

  • 1 Cup Dates (pitted & without vegetable oil (corn oil) as an ingredient)

  • 1 Egg

  • 1 Tablespoon Butter

  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt

No Sugar Peanut Butter Cookies Batter
No Sugar Peanut Butter Cookies Batter

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • 0. Bake the sweet potatoes. Cut the potatoes in quarters lengthwise so that they bake faster. I usually bake a large batch and freeze some.
  • 1. Dice up the dates.
  • 2. Blend the dates and egg together. The dates do not have to be completely mashed up.
  • 3. Mix all ingredients in a large pot or bowl. I do this by hand with a wooden spoon or tablespoon -- it makes it easier to mix if you do this on a burner set at minimum.
  • 4. Allow dough to chill in fridge.
  • 5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 6. Lay out parchment paper over your baking pan.
  • 7. Form dough into 1 inch diameter balls and lay in rows on the parchment paper. The dough will be a bit sticky.
  • 8. Flatten the balls with a fork - wetting the fork occasionally will keep it from sticking to the dough.
  • 9. Bake for 12 minutes. Check the bottom of a cookie at 8 mins and adjust baking time accordingly.

bananas
bananas

Alternative Ingredient

Bananas!

As I write this, I plan to try a version of this recipe replacing the one cup of sweet potatoes with one cup of ripe bananas. If you happen to beat me to it, write a comment below to let us know how it turned out!

[EDIT] Okay I've done it! It requires some changes other than just substituting the sweet potato (since bananas apparently have more water content). So stay tuned for the recipe ...

* GMO

GMO stands for "Genetically Modified Organism". This is an organism whose genetic characteristics have been altered by the insertion of a modified gene or a gene from another organism using the techniques of genetic engineering. The term is used to refer to food plants and food animals which are the result of genetic manipulation. There is a growing concern of the potential dangers of existing GMO products due to controversial studies revealing serious health risks (sterility, tumors, damaged organs, allergies, etc,) which point to the need for more unbiased research. Apparently, many countries (such as Algeria, The European Union, Norway, Austria, Germany United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Luxembourg, Portugal, Brazil, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Japan, Philippines) have placed bans on GMOs but North America has been eating it by the ton, without much question.

For those aware that the US is the home of corporate owned/corrupted politics and corporate giants that would naturally attempt to monopolize seed and food ownership, distrust of GMOs is a unsurprising response.

GMO’s – 23 Reasons To Avoid Them!

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      songbrd 

      4 years ago

      I personally would like to know the calorie count since I'm keeping a food journal. Also the carbs. Thanks!

    • LauraHofman profile image

      Laura Hofman 

      4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      These sound good...I will try your recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 

      5 years ago from Johanesburg

      Nice yummy and healthy lens ,thanks for sharing

    • Erin Mellor profile image

      Erin Mellor 

      5 years ago from Europe

      Great recipe, the whole family loves sweet potatoes and peanut butter so this could be a winner. I won't mention the dates until they love the cookies.

    • Ash2013 profile image

      Ash2013 

      5 years ago

      I'll have to try this, I love cookies but I've been staying away from any sort of late, because I'm cutting out the sugar! Thanks for sharing this info

    • takkhisa profile image

      Takkhis 

      5 years ago

      No doubt, it is a healthy recipe :)

    • pinkrenegade lm profile image

      pinkrenegade lm 

      5 years ago

      Who says yummy cannot be healthy! Thanks for sharing this.

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      DentalTalk 

      5 years ago

      these look very tasty and a lot healthier then your run of the mill cookie.

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      kabbalah lm 

      5 years ago

      Sounds yummy

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      Motionmaker 

      5 years ago

      @jen-s-mcintyre: Hi Jen. 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or sunflower oil or butter) + 1 tablespoon soy milk (or milk or water). I've used that successfully on another recipe. Good luck!

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      jen-s-mcintyre 

      5 years ago

      What would I use if I need to substitute the egg in this recipe?

    • JohnVShaffer profile image

      JohnVShaffer 

      5 years ago

      I never would have thought of sweet potatoes.

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      WebWriteGirl LM 

      5 years ago

      I love the idea of using sweet potato to sweeten! I must try this recipe soon! Thanks!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Very clever. I don't eat sugar and try to limit the sucralose they eat. Thanks.

    • Motionmaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Motionmaker 

      5 years ago

      @MintySea: Thanks! Pitted dates are a great staple to add to the grocery list. I use them daily for sweetening smoothies too.

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      waihou 

      6 years ago

      I like No Sugar Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe. Great!

    • Motionmaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Motionmaker 

      6 years ago

      @RyanBlock: Good idea! I haven't tried that yet. I love em too. Hm, you might also like my bbq sauce lens that has sweet potato in it too. Thanks for dropping by!

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      RyanBlock 

      6 years ago

      I really love sweet potatoes, ive never thought of using them in baked goods, but now I kind of want to try making a pie.

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      MintySea 

      6 years ago

      sounds healthy :-) Wish I had dates on hand

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