Vegan Peanut Butter and Coconut Cookies

I continue my quest to find sweet treats for my vegan husband. When I saw these cookies on Pinterest I just had to make them.

I popped over to IRockSoWhat for the recipe and introduced myself to Jess, the author. Jess writes about herself and her family on her lovely blog. Her posts have such evocative photographs, I found myself browsing for ages.

Photo: IRockSoWhat

Jess kindly gave me permission to post her easy cookie recipe and it's so good.

Coconut Oil in Cookies

One of the main ingredients in these cookies is coconut oil. The web seems to be going wild for coconut oil just now, there are recipes and all sorts of uses for it all over the place. 

I got in touch with The Groovy Food Company (thanks for the introduction Helen) and asked if they could send me a jar of this healthy elixir and before I knew it some organic virgin coconut oil had arrived along with some agave nectar.

Why use coconut oil?

Here is what they say about the coconut oil:

"If you are looking for a healthy nut you’d be hard pressed to find a better one than coconut. Bursting with natural favour and goodness, not only is this coconut oil great to cook with, it’s also good for your heart, boosting your immune system and great for lustrous hair.

The Groovy Food Company Virgin Coconut is a healthier alternative to butter – lower in calories but with loads of great taste, this oil makes a perfect addition to homemade bread, cakes, stir-frys and curries."

Graham enjoyed his vegan cookies, he said they had a great flavour, but they were quite soft and if you look at Jess's photo, you can see hers are much darker. This could be to do with the sugar I used, but I think next time I will bake them a little longer.  

Cooper and I thought they were really tasty and it was such an easy recipe to make, I'll be whipping some more of these up for Graham soon, or maybe I'll let Cooper do it. Have you seen Cooper's latest recipe on Baby Centre yet? Do stop by and leave him a comment.


This recipe contains applesauce. I just whizzed up a couple of small apples in my vitamix until they turned into a puree, but if you don't have a vitamix, you could bake the apples, then mush them up to make applesauce.

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Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
A soft cookie, full of the flavour of peanut butter. Made with coconut oil.
  • 185g brown sugar
  • 250g peanut butter
  • 120g coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50ml applesauce
  • 188g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1. Preheat your oven to 375f/190c/170c fan/gas mark 5.2. Mix together all the ingredients. Yes, it's as easy as that! No creaming anything first! 3. Roll the mixture into balls and pop onto two lined baking trays. 4. Press each cookie ball with a fork to make the distinctive pattern.5. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes until golden.notes: Don't panic if these are really soft when they come out of the oven, they take longer to cool down and firm up than a cookie made with butter.
Total time:
Yield: Makes approx 20 cookies

Disclosure: The Groovy Food Company and Vitamix sent me products to review. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Love PB and coconut - these look a winner Jac!

  2. These look great - just the texture I like from a biscuit!

  3. I love coconut and peanut butter so I'll definitely be giving these a go. I often make cookies for my vegan brother but I think he's getting bored of the same old oats & dark choc combination! :)

    1. Dark chocolate & oats sound lik the perfect cookie combination, but I'm sure your brother will love these too :)

  4. They certainly look delicious! Never tried coconut and peanut butter combination, but I like the idea.

  5. I'm super interested in trying coconut oil in baking instead of butter (for health reasons more than anything). Of course peanut butter anything interests me :D

    I love how these cookies look, sort of fudgy I'm imagining? Also, they have only a few ingredients which is always a good thing.

    1. They are a bit healthier than your average cookie. They still include sugar, but then that is easier to burn of than fat.

  6. The cookies look really good, love the applesauce in them - I used to sub applesauce for oil in cakes when the kids were little.
    Will keep an eye out for the coconut oil, sounds interesting!

    1. I've never used applesauce for anything before Nic, but I will definitely keep it in mind.

  7. Love these... coconut oil is also really great for your skin, too! Thanks for sharing the recipe, may have to give these a go at the weekend.

    1. I think it has a lot of uses including using it on your skin.

  8. What a lovely simple recipe sounds yummy I must bake these

  9. I do the applesauce trick a lot. My method is just peeling, chopping and then gently collapsing a couple of cookers down with a splash of water and drop or two of vanilla. Takes all of ten minutes start to finish. As an American, I grew up on peanut butter cookies but these are a darn sight healthier than the fat-tastic ones of old. Lovely recipe. I will definitely be trying these x

  10. yay! thank you so much for featuring me!

    1. That's ok, thanks for the recipe Jess and letting me use it :)

  11. these look sooo good! I can't stop looking at food blogs today..something to do with it being a fast day!

  12. Loved these! Had to convert for US measurements, and I upped the applesauce and downed the coconut both a smidge, but it was fully worth it! Thanks for the divine recipe, going in my recipe file for sure. :)

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for stopping by to let me know :)


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