This healthy peanut butter skillet cookie is a lighter take on a cast iron skillet cookie! Undetectably dairy free, vegan, and gluten free, you won’t stop at one spoonful!
I have a new love of my life. The healthy peanut butter skillet cookie. Crisp on the edges and gooey in the middle and pairs very well with a big fat scoop of ice cream on top.
Coconut milk ice cream to be specific. Oh, and it’s stuffed to the brim with melty chocolate chips. Literally the most perfect cast iron skillet cookies in the history of cast iron skillet cookies.
You could say we’re pretty serious, yeah.
If you’ve never made a cast iron cookie skillet, well then allow me to introduce you to your next love of your life.
Because this peanut butter cookie skillet is the freaking bee’s knees. So incredibly easy, doesn’t require your hands to become a sticky mess, and guess what?
It’s an entirely gluten free, vegan peanut butter cookie skillet, but you wouldn’t even know because the ingredients come together so seamlessly, you’d swear you’re eating the real deal!
In fact, my mom even inquired why I didn’t make this one gluten free and dairy free like I normally do haha! That is how undetectable it is. If my mother can’t pick up on it, none of y’all can haha!
Trust me, this healthier version of a peanut butter pizookie (ya know, a cookie pizza!) will have your jaw on the floor!
Healthier peanut butter cookie skillet ingredients
This cookie skillet comes together with the simplest of ingredients, and we even have a few swaps if you need to!
For this gluten free peanut butter cookie skillet, you’ll need:
- Gluten free flour: I recommend Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 gluten free baking flour, but I’ve also tried these with cassava flour- they work just as well! If you don’t have gluten free flour, nor need it, feel free to use all-purpose flour 🙂
- Peanut butter: crunchy or smooth works fine here 🙂
- Coconut sugar
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Vegan butter or coconut oil: I prefer vegan butter, but it’s up to you!
- Chocolate chips
That’s it! A surprisingly short list, I know! So then, how do we get it into skillet form?!
Let’s find out (I feel like the Owl from the Tootsy Roll Pop commercials lol)!
How to make a vegan peanut butter skillet cookie
Have you ever made a cast iron chocolate chip cookie skillet? If you have, making a peanut butter version isn’t all that different! But if you’re a complete beginner (hey we all start somewhere!), then let’s go through the steps!
They’re easy, I promise 🙂 It’s actually a very similar process to making my vegan chocolate chip cookies!
Preheat your oven and grease the cast iron skillet (or pie dish if you don’t have a skillet). Then whisk together the flour and baking soda and set that bowl aside while you prepare your wet ingredients.
Beat together the coconut sugar, applesauce, vegan butter, and peanut butter until everything is smooth. I recommend using a hand mixer, but feel free to use a stand mixer instead.
Then just combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients like you would for making regular vegan peanut butter cookies. Mix it until it’s completely consistent, like the below pictures. If you need to, you can add in a tablespoon or two of dairy free milk.
Fold in the chocolate chips until they’re evenly distributed.
Now pour the batter into a cast iron skillet, and bake until lightly golden!
Cast Iron Skillet Cookie Tips & Tricks
Now that you have the basics of this peanut butter cookie skillet down, let’s go over some tips and tricks to ensure that your healthier pizookie comes out even better!
- What to do if you don’t have a cast iron skillet: I highly recommend cooking this cookie skillet in a cast iron, but if you don’t have one, don’t worry! You can also use a 10″ pie dish, just the same!
- Use chunky or smooth peanut butter: if you want a smoother and gooier inside, stick with smooth peanut butter, but chunk will work as well!
- Vegan butter definitely gives it a more cookie taste: but some people don’t like vegan butter, or can’t consume it due to a nut allergy- totally understandable! Then I recommend using coconut oil- for less of a coconut taste, use refined coconut oil!
- No coconut sugar? Not a problem! This cookie skillet definitely doesn’t have to be refined sugar free if you don’t want or need it. In that case, swap in organic cane sugar, no problem!
- Add in extra vegan peanut butter cups for the ultimate gooey skillet cookie: I like using Lily’s Sweets, but if you make this cookie skillet with almond butter instead of peanut butter, you can try out these homemade almond butter cups!
I hope you love this healthy peanut butter pizookie as much as I do! If you give it a go, let me know in the comments below!
Happy baking, scooping, and cookie pizook-ing!
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This healthy peanut butter cookie skillet is a lighter take on the classic peanut butter pizookie! Undetectably dairy free, vegan, and gluten free, you won’t stop at one spoonful!
- 1 1/2 cups 1-to-1 gluten free baking flour, all purpose flour, oat flour, or cassava flour
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tbsp vegan butter or coconut oil, softened to room temperature but still cold
- 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 375F and grease a cast iron skillet or baking dish with coconut oil or olive oil.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda.
- In a separate medium bowl, combine the coconut sugar, applesauce, softened vegan butter or coconut oil, vanilla extract, and peanut butter using a hand mixer.
- Fold in wet ingredients into dry to create a thick dough.
- Fold in chocolate chips until evenly distributed throughout the peanut butter cookie dough, then pour the dough into the skillet.
- Spread it evenly around the edges and place the skillet in the oven to bake for 22-24 minutes, or until the toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool before slicing and serving with ice cream!
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