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Molly and Erica Talk Human Stuff + Plant Based Chocolate Peanut Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Cookies

Makes 12 small-ish cookies
Author: Molly Patrick


  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant) (100 g)
  • ¼ cup cacao powder (can sub cocoa powder) (25 g)
  • 3 tablespoons almond flour
  • tablespoons coconut sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce (70 g)
  • ¼ cup 100% pure maple syrup (60 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened peanut butter (can sub almond butter)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • cup raw peanuts, chopped (50 g)


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Place the oats, cacao powder, almond flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into your blender and blend until the oats are powdered, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside for now. No need to wash or rinse your blender.
  • Place the applesauce, maple syrup, peanut butter (or almond butter), apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract into your blender and blend until smooth.
  • Transfer this wet mixture into the mixing bowl with the dry mixture and stir together until the dry and wet ingredients are incorporated. Stir in the chopped peanuts.
  • Form one-inch dough balls by scooping up the batter with a tablespoon (batter should be rounded in the tablespoon, no need to be exact with this) and place them on the baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. The batter will be sticky, this is okay, just do the best you can.
  • Take a small square of wax paper and lightly place it on top of one of the cookie balls. Use a flat-bottomed drinking glass to gently press down, making the cookie about 1/2" thick. Remove the wax paper and repeat with each cookie. Alternatively, you can use your fingers to press them down. Whatever you like best.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Allow to cool for 2–3 minutes then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.


To make these cookies gluten-free, be sure to purchase oats that specify gluten-free processing.