Oil Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies made with just 7 simple ingredients in 20 minutes or less! These cookies have a good amount of crispiness around the edges, but are soft inside. They aren’t as “dense” as other peanut butter cookies, thanks to a secret ingredient!

tall stack ofOil Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are oil free! That’s right, no butter, vegan butter, canola oil or anything like it. There is a lot of peanut butter, so these cookies are by no means low fat, but if you are avoiding oil, then this is a good recipe for you! 

These cookies sure don’t need oil to be chewy, rich and delicious. You won’t miss it at all. Most peanut butter cookies call for loads of butter or even shortening. These are a much healthier version of everybody’s favorite cookie! And they don’t sacrifice on taste. The secret ingredient is…… applesauce. I don’t usually like applesauce in dessert recipes, but somehow, it really works in this recipe! It makes the cookies a bit lighter, not as dense as peanut butter cookies usually are. But they still hold together well, and they DON’T taste like applesauce.

My kids love these Oil Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are a true favorite in our home. This recipe makes a pretty small batch, so they might go really fast! Double the recipe if you want more.

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If peanut butter and chocolate aren’t your thing, you can leave out the chocolate chips for a purely peanut butter cookie.

These cookies can easily be made gluten free by using a gluten free blend of flour. They turn out just fine with any kind of flour you want to use. Happy baking!

Oil Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies on pan crowded together.

If you make this recipe, let me know how it goes! Rate it, leave a comment and tag a photo @noracooksvegan on Instagram. Enjoy!

tall stack ofOil Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
4.92 stars (23 ratings)

Oil Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oil Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies made with just 7 simple ingredients in 20 minutes or less! These cookies have a good amount of crispiness around the edges, but are soft inside. They aren't as "dense" as other peanut butter cookies, thanks to a secret ingredient!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 cookies


  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup organic sugar
  • 2 tablespoons no sugar added applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour *Can also use a gluten free mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • tiny pinch of salt, optional *If your peanut butter is unsalted, you may add a tiny pinch of salt.
  • 1/3 cup dairy free chocolate chips, mini ones if you can find them


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • Add the peanut butter, sugar, applesauce and vanilla extract to a medium bowl. Mix well until combined.
  • Now add the flour, baking soda and salt if using, to the wet ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until combined. Do not over mix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Scooping a heaping tablespoon at a time, roll into a ball and flatten onto the baking sheet a little bit, creating a cookie shape. These cookies won't flatten out much while they bake.
  • Bake for 8-9 minutes. They will appear very soft and not done, but as they cool they will set. Let them cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan, or they may fall apart. 


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Nora Taylor
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  1. The best.! I never loved PB cookies as much as now ,, these are the softest chewiest moist  peanut butter cookies ever !i only subsituted  gluten free flour for the the flour you have listed and they came out perfect !your recipes never disappoint!

  2. These turned out lovely, just firm enough. Loved them!!

    These really should be labeled “no added oil” since with all that peanut butter, they are absolutely not oil-free.

    I wish! But that’s not how peanuts work.
    According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (agmrc.org) peanuts are between 45 percent and 52 percent oil. So, oil-ful, yes; oil-free, no. Your heading might be misleading for people with dietary concerns who are looking for legitimately oil-free recipes. This was delicious! But oil-free it’s not.

    Thanks for considering this,

  3. Oh my goodness! I just made these tonight and I’m in love! Thankfully it’s not a big batch because I ate 4 of the 8 in 5 minutes ?. 

    A couple of things: I didn’t use sugar so I subbed maple syrup. Don’t overmix is key because I had to put in the freezer to firm up the dough. However, once they came out of the oven and I let them cool they weren’t super firm but just a little gooy which was fine. They were still good and I’ll make them again. Thank you! 

  4. Nora you are AMAZING! I LOVE your recipes!! Thank you for sharing them so generously!! I just made these with two substitutions and wanted to share they turned out really yummy! I didn’t have applesauce so I substituted canned pumpkin! Also, instead of sugar, I used monk fruit and they were still plenty sweet for me with the chocolate chips!

  5. This is the best cookie recipe ever! I use crunchy peanut butter and sub mashed banana (watered down to the consistency of apple sauce) for the apple sauce if we are out!
    These cookies have a satisfying crunch around the edges while still being gooey in the middle. No idea how they keep because they never last longer than a day in our house. 
    Thanks Nora, you’re recipes are the greatest!

  6. Loved this one!  I was specifically looking for a recipe without oil.  I love that peanut butter gives it the “oil” as it comes from the whole food and not just empty calories.  Made a small batch which is perfect for a quick  dessert for the family without caloric leftovers!  I made it exactly as the recipe was written.  A keeper!

  7. We made these with sunflower butter and gluten free all purpose flour. They came out perfectly. They were gone the same day, and there are only 2 of us in the house… lol. So good. Thank you for the recipe! 

  8. I made these and have made them every day for the past week. They are so delicious! I will never buy store bought cookies again! I was looking for a vegan cookie and this is the perfect recipe. 

    1. Applesauce does help make them soft in a good way, but you probably could use another egg replacer. I haven’t tested it though.

  9. I have only PB2 powder in the house- could I use it or do we need the oil from the “real” peanut butter??

    thank you

    1. I made them with PB powder the first time, as that’s all I had in my pantry, and it made them more of a loaf consistency. They still tasted good but you kind of have to be aware of the unique texture going in to it as they are not at all similar to cookies. I probably wouldn’t make them for others but I like them as a low fat/calorie treat for myself.

  10. Great recipe! First batch I made I think I over mixed. It was hard to stick together. The second batch I made sure not to do it was MUCH easier to form the batter into a ball and they came out better 🙂 so.. make sure to listen when she says don’t over mix. Either way, both batches were delicious.

  11. I LOOOOVE these cookies! The only problem is I could eat them all in one sitting! Rather than the scoop-and-flatten method, I form the dough into a log, wrap it, and refrigerate for a bit. Then I remove it and slice into double the amount of cookies.

  12. These turned out absolutely perfect and were insanely easy and fast to make. This recipe is a keeper! Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. Wow, I could not believe how yummy these cookies are. Among the best peanut butter cookies I have ever had. Thank you for the recipe.

  14. Exactly what I was looking for. Had all ingredients on hand. Only took a few minutes to prepare. Had regular peanut butter so eliminated adding sugar. Loved by all! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    1. Stephanie, glad to hear you didn’t use sugar and they tasked good. I do not like to add sugar to recipes. Thank you!

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