One Bowl Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

So last week, I told you guys about the art of the post – all about blogging and how long it takes for me to write these posts.

I hope you didn’t take offense to anything I wrote…I didn’t want it to sound like I was complaining because, to be honest, most days I feel so lucky to be here with all of you by my side. It just gets frustrating when things don’t go your way :/

But, I also wanted to do a bit of a social experiment…

I wanted to write a post with the photos, the recipe and not a whole lot else…I want to see if  it changes my analytics that much (not that I don’t trust “those who know” but, sometimes I don’t trust ‘those who know” 😉 .

So here is my recipe for this weeks theme of all things sweet and healthy before the gluttony of Super Bowl and Valentine’s begins.

And, also, a side note here: these cookies are one of the easiest I’ve made in a long time and they are gluten free, refined sugar free and vegan (dark chocolate is vegan).

You really need to try them!!!!!

One Bowl Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

The oats, which are pulverized into a fine powder, are the flour to this recipe!

One Bowl Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

If your dates are dry, add a tbsp of water and microwave them for 20-30 seconds to soften them otherwise it will take a while to mince them – I speak from experience!

One Bowl Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Before you put the oat flour back in, it should look like this with no big chunks of dates

One Bowl Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Use a potato masher (or a fork) to squish down the cookie dough balls

One Bowl Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

One Bowl Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

As always, my friends…


And, if you need to pin this for later, here you go:

One Bowl Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

These Vegan Date Sweetened Peanut Butter Cookies are insanely easy to make, perfectly chewy and tender on the inside. Made with just 5 wholesome ingredients, this recipe is naturally gluten free, oil free and refined sugar free!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 20


  • 1 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/3 cup soft dates, pitted (see note) (240g or about 40 medium sized dates) )
  • 1/3 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.

    Blend oats in a food processor to a flour consistency; empty into a bowl and set aside.

  2. In the same food processor bowl, add dates, non-dairy milk, peanut butter, salt and vanilla into and blend until smooth.

  3. Add in the oat flour and baking powder and blend until it comes together. Scrape down the sides of the food processor, add in chocolate and blend again.

  4. Scoop out 1 heaping tbsp (mine were about 40 grams) and roll them into balls. Flatten them with a potato masher or a fork and bake for 15 minutes.

    You can also scoop out the dough, roll them into balls and freeze them to bake later!

Recipe Notes

If your dates are hard, put them in a microwave safe bowl and add about a tbsp of water and microwave for about 20 seconds until they soften up...they'll be easier to process!!


Inspired by these cookies over at Okonomi Kitchen

  • Piera Bizzarri
    February 2, 2022

    My brain just picked up chocolate & peanut butter! Jumped straight to recipe. Added bonus you say they’re healthy 🙌🏻🙌🏻 Gathering my 5 ingredients now… nevermind dinner

    • Suzie Durigon
      February 3, 2022

      You are the best!! I love PB and chocolate too! I’ve been known to dip chocolate chips in peanut butter for a treat!!

  • Charmaine
    February 5, 2022

    These sound really good! Would an all natural peanut butter work in this recipe? Sometimes I find you need a sweetened version like Jif.

    • Suzie Durigon
      February 7, 2022

      Hey Charmaine!! Yes! of course! I’ve made them with both regular (Kraft) PB and all natural almond butter (all natural peanut butter would be good too!!)! Both are amazing!

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