The Best Vegan Almond Butter Cookies for When You're Craving a Healthy Sweet Treat

Are you craving something sweet yet healthy at the same time? Make some delicious vegan almond butter cookies!

With 6% of the US population following a plant-based diet, it's no wonder that more and more people are searching for scrumptious vegan desserts, and these cookies are not only tasty, but they're also packed with wholesome ingredients like almond butter, oats, and flaxseed. Plus, they're easy to make and customizable to suit your preferences.

Ready to give these vegan almond butter cookies a try? Your taste buds (and body) will thank you.

Benefits of Gluten-Free Vegan Almond Butter Cookies

Knowing what you're about to consume before diving into a plate of almond butter no-bake cookies is helpful. After all, if you're looking for low-carb, high-protein almond butter, chances are you care a lot about how you fuel your body and the impact certain ingredients can have on it.

By swapping out traditional cookie ingredients for gluten-free and vegan alternatives, you're not just avoiding certain allergens or animal products. You're also benefiting your body, mind, and the planet.

So, let's dive into the benefits of vegan, gluten-free almond butter cookies.

Better Digestion

Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, can cause digestive issues for some people. Gluten-free desserts like almond butter cookies are a great alternative for those with celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or simply looking to avoid gluten. Not only will you avoid bloating and other uncomfortable symptoms, but you'll also maintain good gut health overall.

Veganism for the Planet

Eating a vegan diet, even just one meal daily can positively impact the environment. Animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Deforestation
  • Water pollution

By choosing vegan desserts like our almond butter cookies, you reduce your carbon footprint and support sustainable food practices.

Lower Cholesterol

Baking with almond butter rather than traditional butter creates a nutty flavor profile and offers healthier fats in your dessert. Almond butter is a plant-based source of monounsaturated fat, which can help regulate cholesterol levels and improve heart health. Not only will you be indulging in something sweet, but you'll also be doing your body good.

Nutrient-Rich Ingredients

In addition to almond butter, you'll typically find other nutrient-rich ingredients in vegan almond butter cookie recipes. Coconut sugar, for example, is a low-glycemic sweetener that doesn't cause blood sugar spikes. It also contains iron, zinc, and other minerals that boost your immune system.

Oats are another gluten-free ingredient that adds fiber, protein, and antioxidants. So, not only do these cookies taste great, but they also offer various beneficial nutrients.

Tips for Making Cookies with Almond Butter

Making cookies with almond butter may sound intimidating, but it's actually quite simple! Almond butter lends itself beautifully to cookie recipes, giving them a rich and nutty flavor that pairs well with sweet treats. Here are some tips for making the best vegan almond butter cookies.

Choose the Right Almond Butter

The key to making delicious almond butter cookies is to choose the right almond butter. Look for a high-quality, organic almond butter that contains no added sugars or oils. Small-batch almond butter brands like American Dream are best (as an added benefit, our nut butters are proudly made in Indiana!).

If you prefer a smoother cookie, opt for creamy almond butter, but if you like chunky cookies, choose crunchy almond butter, like our Frosty Pebbles Almond Butter (which is gluten-free but does contain milk, so you might look for another crunchy option like our Cookie Batter Almond Butter, which is 100% vegan-friendly).

Add in Texture

Adding texture to your almond butter cookies is a great way to enhance their flavor and appearance. Add chopped nuts, like almonds or walnuts, to give your cookies a delightful crunch. You can also add ingredients like oats or dried fruit to give your cookies a chewier texture.

Don't want to go through the trouble of mixing in textured ingredients? Purchase almond butter that already has those ingredients mixed in.

For example, our Big Apple Almond Butter. Each jar of almond butter is topped with cinnamon sugar apples, homemade gluten-free cinnamon streusel, and chocolate chips. All you have to do is mix it in and bake!

Don't Overmix

Speaking of mixing-when mixing your almond butter cookie dough, be careful not to overmix it. Overmixing can lead to tough cookies that don't have the right texture. The dough should be well combined but still a little crumbly. If it's too dry, add some almond milk or water to moisten it.

Chill Your Dough

Before baking your almond butter cookies, chill your dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This will help the dough firm up and prevent it from spreading too much in the oven. As a result, you'll have perfectly shaped cookies that don't merge into each other.

Experiment with Flavors

Almond butter cookies are incredibly versatile and can be infused with various flavors. Add spices like cinnamon or nutmeg or flavors like vanilla or maple syrup. You can also use different types of sugar, like coconut sugar or honey, to give your cookies a unique flavor.

Or, as mentioned above, choose an almond butter brand that offers unique flavors straight out of the jar. That's what we specialize in at American Dream. More on that in just a bit, though...

Vegan Almond Butter Cookie Recipes

These cookies are perfect for those who are vegan, gluten-free, or looking for a healthier option. Almond butter is, after all, a great source of protein, healthy fats, and vitamin E. 

While you can vary the cookie recipe to suit your nutritional needs (and taste buds), here are some of the best vegan almond butter cookie recipes you can make at home.

Classic Vegan Almond Butter Cookies

For a classic vegan almond butter cookie, you'll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

If you want to add a bit of crunch, consider getting 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips, too! Then, follow these instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F
  • In a medium bowl, mix almond flour, baking soda, and salt
  • In a separate bowl, mix almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix
  • Add the chocolate chips (if desired)
  • Form the dough into small balls
  • Place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Press each ball down with a fork to create a criss-cross pattern
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown
  • Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet
  • Finally, transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool

Serve and enjoy!

Almond Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Try these vegan almond butter oatmeal cookies for a heartier cookie that will keep you full and energized for longer. Oatmeal is a great complementary ingredient when baking with almond butter (try our funfetti overnight oats to sample the flavor mix!). For this recipe, you'll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Then, follow these step-by-step instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F
  • In a medium bowl, mix almond flour, rolled oats, baking soda, and salt
  • In a separate bowl, mix almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix
  • Add the raisins and mix until evenly distributed
  • Form the dough into small balls
  • Place the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Press each ball down with a fork to create a criss-cross pattern
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown
  • Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet
  • Finally, transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool

If you want to add a bit of crunch, sprinkle some oats on top before they cool completely! You can also top them with a bit of cinnamon for added spice.

Pumpkin Spice Vegan Almond Butter Cookies

Nothing says fall quite like pumpkin spice cookies, and with this recipe, you can turn your favorite fall drink into a vegan-friendly dessert!

If you only need your cookies to be gluten-free but not vegan, use our Pumpkin Cheesecake Almond Butter as your butter base. If you are looking for vegan-friendly cookies, start by gathering the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup flour

Then, preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. After that, mix the almond butter, pumpkin puree, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a bowl.

Then, follow these instructions:

  • Pour in the almond milk and mix until well combined
  • Gradually add the flour and continue to mix until the dough comes together
  • Roll the dough into small balls (about one tablespoon of dough per ball)
  • Gently flatten them onto the baking sheet with a fork
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown
  • Let cool for a few minutes before serving

Top them with additional pumpkin pie spice, vegan-friendly sprinkles, or other toppings that complement the fall flavors and colors. 

Vegan Almond Butter Cookie Flavors

If you're a fan of almond butter cookies, then you know that the perfect base makes all the difference. And what's better than starting with flavored almond butter to take your cookies to the next level?

At American Dream, we offer unique flavors of nut butters that are packed with flavor and good-for-you ingredients. With a few vegan-friendly almond butter options, you can easily add a unique twist to your vegan almond butter cookies. Let's explore some of the best vegan almond butter cookie flavors you can create with our almond butter varieties.

Confetti Cake Pop

Elevate your almond butter cookie game with our Confetti Cake Pop Almond Butter. Picture this: imagine biting into a cookie with the sweet and creamy flavor of buttercream icing and the comforting taste of vanilla cake.

With our vegan-friendly almond butter, you can indulge in all those classic flavors without unwanted additives like eggs, milk, refined sugar, or carbs. Our Confetti Cake Pop Almond Butter's smooth texture and natural vanilla flavor make your cookies taste luxurious yet guilt-free.

Plus, this almond butter flavor is gluten-free and made with love in small batches for optimal taste and quality. Satisfy your sweet tooth with these heavenly cookies that will stand out in any cookie jar.

Vanilla Crumb Cake

Get ready for a flavor explosion with our Vanilla Crumb Cake Almond Butter. Combining the best of both worlds, this nut butter blend with our smooth almond butter offers a rich vanilla cake taste. The handmade gluten-free vanilla crumb topping with a hint of cinnamon adds a subtle crunch that perfectly complements the soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture of each bite.

The cookies you can make with this almond butter will not only be a deliciously sweet treat but also healthy, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly. You won't resist the aromatic scent wafting through your kitchen as you bake these tasty, indulgent delights.

Other Almond Butter Desserts

Almond butter isn't just great in cookies-you can use it in various desserts! For chocolate lovers, try making almond butter chocolate bark. Simply melt dark chocolate, swirl in dollops of almond butter, sprinkle with sea salt, and refrigerate until hardened.

Almond butter banana bread is another delicious option- simply replace the usual amount of butter or oil with the same amount of almond butter. You can also try almond butter brownies. Combine almond butter with cocoa powder, sweetener, and eggs for a fudgy treat.

And for a refreshing option, blend almond butter with frozen bananas, almond milk, and vanilla extract for a creamy almond butter banana ice cream. The possibilities are endless with this versatile ingredient!

Browse American Dream Almond Butter

Take your tastebuds on a journey with American Dream Nut Butter's variety of flavors! Our almond butter is perfect for guilt-free snacking, especially when making vegan almond butter cookies.

Browse our almond butter flavors now and get a jar (or two, or three...).


  • Oooh, sounds yummy and I like all the info on digestion. I may give a few of these a whirl. 😋

    Teresa Wight on

  • I’m not vegan but I love to try vegan desserts and these oatmeal raisin cookies sound like a delight! Any excuse to have a cookie sounds like a plan to me!

    Karelys on

  • These recipes all look AMAZING!

    Ashley on

  • These recipes sound amazing especially since their paired with American Dream Butters! They’re already amazing Butters but added to cookies or brownies! Yummy!

    Ashley Sears on

  • Love all of these different tips and recipes! Definitely trying it!

    Jess G on

  • These cookies look absolutely delicious! I love how they fit with dietary restrictions too.

    Haylee on

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