Don’t wait until the holidays to make these vegan sunbutter cookies! These cookies are gluten free, grain free, vegan and allergy friendly! Oh and they are so simple to make, you don’t even need a mixer!
These vegan sunbutter cookies are my attempt at giving Dave a version of the cookies he loved growing up like these dark chocolate peanut butter cup cookies. With food allergies, it’s not always easy to recreate the flavors you miss from childhood, especially holiday cookies! But these vegan sunbutter cookies always vanish quickly when I make them and Dave always asks me “Are you sure these are allergy friendly?”
We actually just found out that Dave has some pretty severe sensitivities to a lot of the foods he was enjoying. He was having intense stomach issues, bloating, indigestion and he stopped feeling hungry and was becoming very drained and lethargic (which is what happened when we found out about his gluten intolerance). Luckily, I had heard about EverlyWell (affiliate link) and we ordered him a simple food sensitivity test he could take at home and get the results in under a week.
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In case you were wondering, we found was he was highly sensitive to tree nuts, sunflower seeds, eggs, peas (including pea protein powder) and coconut! Pretty much everything he had been eating. But I still found a way to make him cookies!!
Instead of focusing on what he couldn’t have (which I did for like a second) I try to focus on all the foods he’s not sensitive to and try to build meals and treats that he can still enjoy. So we moved to brown rice protein powder (Sunwarrior for the win), pumpkin seed butter (instead of sunbutter) and flax or gelatin instead of egg – still getting a hold of this one but I am confident we can figure it out. I also replaced the coconut flour with cassava flour (a grain free flour that is similar to all purpose flour).
So the moral of all that is use the nut or seed butter that you are the most comfortable with. You can use sunbutter, almond butter, pecan butter, or pumpkin seed butter. If you don’t have cassava flour, you could substitute your favorite gluten free flour to keep this gluten free. If you don’t want to use protein powder, you can add an additional 2-3 tablespoons of flour to the recipe, as well as an extra tablespoon of maple syrup.
Vegan Sunbutter Cookies (Gluten Free Grain Free)
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- Mix together the sunbutter and apple sauce in a large bowl. Combine well.
- Add the maple syrup and protein powder. Mix until fully combined
- Add the dairy free milk, cassava flour, vanilla extract and baking powder. Mix well. to incorporate the baking powder throughout
- Using a spoon, spoon out about 1/2-1 tbsp of batter onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Flatten with the palm of your hand (you may want to wet lightly to make sure the batter doesn't stick to your palm). Use a fork and create the hatch like markings by pressing it into the cookies and then turning it 90 degrees and pressing again.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 350F
- Allow to cool before serving.