Sunbutter chocolate chip cookies

These sunbutter chocolate chip cookies are nut-free, and vegan, but you’d never know it from the awesome texture and flavor!

These sunbutter chocolate chip cookies are nut-free, and vegan, but you'd never know it from the awesome texture and flavor! #sunbutter #cookies #glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #norefinedsugar #paleo

Who else loves procrasti-baking?  Or is it just me?  You know, when you have some time on your hands, and you don’t quite know what to do with yourself?  Now personally, I head into the kitchen and wonder what I can make with whatever ingredients I have lying around in the pantry and fridge.  Usually with some sort of nut butter and chocolate combination.  Who’s with me?

We recently changed churches and are in the process of getting to know a whole new group of people.  Fortunately for me, there are a significant number of ladies that have expressed their preference for gluten and dairy-free foods, so I’m in my element of serving them with my love language – baking treats for them!  And I started thinking about what I could make for them.

Combining my wanting to make cookies for my new group of friends, and having a few hours to myself in the kitchen, helped these sunbutter chocolate chip cookies to be born.  I’d like to provide a link for you to see what this recipe was adapted from, but to be honest, it was just using my experience to see what needed to be added in terms of taste (because you know I’m the Cookie Dough Monster!), and texture.

But, everyone who had a taste of these cookies fell in love with them.  It’s just a unique texture and flavor, but so suitable for so many people with special dietary issues.  I hope you love these sunbutter chocolate chip cookies as much as we did!

Sunbutter chocolate chip cookies

(Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, no refined sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 14


  • 1 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbs coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 3 oz dairy-free chocolate chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare two baking pans with parchment paper.

  2. Combine the sunflower seed butter with the coconut sugar and applesauce until well mixed.

  3. Add in the baking soda and two types of flours and mix well.

  4. Fold in the chocolate chunks until well dispersed.

  5. Drop tablespoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking pans, allowing 1" gap between balls.

  6. Bake for 12 minutes or until slightly brown.  Allow to cool on the tray before moving to a wire rack.

  7. Store for up to 5 days in a sealed container.

These sunbutter chocolate chip cookies are nut-free, and vegan, but you'd never know it from the awesome texture and flavor! #sunbutter #cookies #glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #norefinedsugar #paleo

These sunbutter chocolate chip cookies are nut-free, and vegan, but you'd never know it from the awesome texture and flavor! #sunbutter #cookies #glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #norefinedsugar #paleo

The 0 calorie sweeteners cookie test

Read about my experiments with 0 calorie sweeteners and cookies – and what I thought of the end results!

The contenders for the 0 calorie sweetener test

By now, you probably have heard of the ketogenic diet.  Where you focus on high fat, low carb foods to encourage your body to burn fat for energy, rather than carbohydrates.  Many people have found great benefits on this diet, with claims of curing cancer, improving cognitive abilities in people with autism, and lots of claims for weight loss.  You can read more about the keto diet here if you’re interested.

Now I’ve always been a little skeptical of this diet – I struggle with the concept of cutting out fruit due to the high carb content.  Now, I know that you can manage to have fruit on the keto diet, if you’re careful about when and at what time you have it, but I haven’t ever really wanted to look at this as a viable way of eating for me.  Until this year.  When I have gained a significant amount of weight due to weird hormone issues that I won’t go into!  But when both my doctor and a nutritionist friend recommend increasing the amount of fat that I eat, and lowering the amount of carbs, I started to listen.  Also, a few people at church have recently started the keto diet and I wanted to bake something for them.

So I started investigating natural 0 calorie sweeteners – and two of them were highlighted in almost every place I looked.  Stevia and erythritol came up trumps every time as a natural 0 calorie, low carb sweetener for keto baked goods.  And I went to my local grocery store and bought one of each – thinking that I would make the same recipe with each of them and see which one I liked the best.

Using my flourless peanut butter cookie recipe as a basis (i.e. 1 cup peanut butter, 1 egg, 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp baking soda), I set out to see which 0 calorie sweetener would taste the best.  Mind you, I used almond butter instead of peanut butter, because that’s what I had in the pantry at that time!  And I did look at the equivalent amounts of each of them to mimic the appropriate amount of ‘normal sugar’.

And here’s the results:

The contenders for the 0 calorie sweetener test

The Stevia cookies looked like cookies.  Pretty similar to what I’ve seen many times over in my kitchen.  The Swerve (erythritol) ones spread out a lot more and were quite crumbly.  But it all came down to the taste.

  • The Swerve cookies tasted ok.  Not great, but ok.
  • The Stevia cookies had this serious metallic taste.  I couldn’t even eat one bite of them.  And Grant was the same – he actually spat it out into the trash when he tried them.  And he’s tried some interesting combinations of mine previously, so that’s saying something!

And then I had some really bad stomach cramps that night as well.

So let me just say that I may experiment a little more with 0 calorie sweeteners to try to help out the ladies at church, but I’ll take it a little easy … for my stomach and taste buds to recover!

Have you had any experience with 0 calorie sweeteners?  Let me know which ones you’ve tried and liked in the comments below!

Until next time, enjoy cooking at home (with or without 0 calorie sweeteners!)