Healthy Peanut Butter Pillows (chocolate brownie cookies with peanut butter filling) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

These secretly healthy Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies are so fudgy, rich, decadent and sweet that you’d never know they’re sugar free, high protein, gluten free, vegan and made without butter!

Healthy Peanut Butter Pillows (chocolate brownie cookies with peanut butter filling) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

While these cookies kind of look like giant plops (yes, I’ll admit it) they sure don’t taste like it…  these are SUPER chocolatey, INCREDIBLY peanut buttery, TOTALLY addicting and PERFECTLY sweet.  Oh, and they’re huge and fudgy and amazing.  I’m not sure if you can tell from the pictures but these jumbo cookies are like the size of your palms (my friend called them “giant volcano cookies” haha)

Seriously, you need to make these cookies right now.  They’ll be gone in no time.  That’s not a problem though, they’re low calorie, low fat and 100% healthy.

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies (sugar free, gluten free, vegan)

Prep Time: 27 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 9 cookies

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Calories per serving: 130 (vs. 190 in the original recipe)

Fat per serving: 3.5g (vs. 10g in the original recipe)


    Fudgy Chocolate Cookies:
  • 102g (3/4 cup) Quinoa Flour
  • 96g (1/2 cup) Granulated Erythritol (or dry sweetener of choice)
  • 60g (1/2 cup) Peanut Flour
  • 40g (1/2 cup) Unsweetened Regular Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Double-Acting Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 100g (6.5 tbs) Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1+1/2 tsp Stevia Extract
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (I used homemade!)
  • Fudgy Peanut Butter Filling:
  • 90g (3/4 cup) Peanut Flour
  • 6 packets Truvia or Stevia (or packeted sweetener of choice)
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk


    For the Fudgy Chocolate Cookie Dough:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line two baking sheets with Silpats.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the quinoa flour, erythritol, peanut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond milk, applesauce, stevia and vanilla.
  4. Dump the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir the mixture very well (it should look like "drop cookie" dough, kind of like a mix between thick cookie dough and muffin batter).
  5. For the Fudgy Peanut Butter Filling:
  6. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the peanut flour and packeted sweetener.
  7. Pour in the almond milk and stir together (the dough will be very thick)
  8. Separate the peanut butter dough into 9 equal-sized pieces and roll into balls.
  9. For the Cookie Assembly:
  10. Spoon 9 tablespoons of the Fudgy Chocolate Cookie Dough onto the prepared cookie sheets (I put five spoonfuls on one pan and four spoonfuls on the other pan)
  11. Place the 9 Peanut Butter Balls over the Chocolate Cookie Dough spots.
  12. Spoon the Chocolate Cookie Dough over the Peanut Butter Balls and smooth out with a spoon. Spread the cookie dough around the ball so that the ball is completely enclosed. Tap the pan on the counter a couple times to help smooth the surface)
  13. Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes, or until soft and the surface is no longer wet/doughy looking.
  14. Carefully remove the Silpats off the cookie sheets and let cool on the counter.
  15. INDULGE (sinlessly)!


This recipe is: gluten free, eggless, vegan, sugar free, low fat, high fiber and high protein!

Today is the perfect day to bake up some healthy cookies.

(But really now, when is there a wrong time to make cookies??  Never.)

Healthy Peanut Butter Pillows (chocolate brownie cookies with peanut butter filling) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

I’ve been wanting to make these cookies for so long now it’s crazy.  I think I first saw the original recipe four years ago.  They looked so delicious but they weren’t healthy…  like, at all.  I finally changed that with this recipe, though, and to prove it to you I made a little nutrition label comparison below.

The original recipe’s nutrition label is on the left, the Desserts with Benefits nutrition label is on the right:

Unhealthy Peanut Butter Pillows nutrition label  Healthy Peanut Butter Pillows (chocolate brownie cookies with peanut butter filling) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

These super rich and fudgy Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies are like the epitome of a secretly healthy dessert!  No butter, no oil, no sugar and no white flour…  it’s totally okay to eat more than one.  I did, and I don’t feel bad about it ONE. BIT.

Healthy Peanut Butter Pillows (chocolate brownie cookies with peanut butter filling) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

This is as good as healthy dessert can get.  Seriously.

Fudgy, chewy, peanut buttery and mouthwatering…  these are HEAVEN.

Oh, be still, my heart!

Labels: Applesauce, Chocolate, Cookies-and-Crackers, Eggless, Erythritol, Gluten-Free, High-Fiber, High-Protein, Low-Fat, Nutrition-Label, Peanut-Flour, Quinoa-Flour, Sugar-Free, Vegan

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Comments (10)

  1. Mel: February 28, 2014

    Hi Jessica, your recipe looks grea! I am eager to try it, but I don’t have any liquid stevia, just the packets. So I’m wondering if you’d know what the conversion for 1.5 teaspoons of liquid stevia would be in packets. Thanks for your help!

  2. dessertswithbenefits: February 28, 2014

    I haven’t tried this recipe using stevia packets but you can try using 18 packets of stevia instead of the 1.5 tsp of liquid stevia extract.
    For future references, here is the stevia conversion chart I used:
    Hope you like the cookies!! :)

  3. Emma: February 28, 2014

    Wow Jess, these look ridiculously good! I need to get me some of this peanut flour I keep seeing in your recipes. Sounds like magic.

  4. dessertswithbenefits: March 2, 2014

    Thanks Emma!! Peanut flour is awesome, and it’s so versatile. I actually used some last night to make a savory peanut sauce :)
    Hope you get to try out the recipe :)

  5. Laura Leslie: May 27, 2014

    Can you substitute the apple sauce with anything ? :)

  6. dessertswithbenefits: May 27, 2014

    I haven’t tried replacing it yet but you can try 100% pure pumpkin puree or pureed blueberries. I find both purees to be fairly bland, so they won’t add much flavor to the cookies. Otherwise, you could try replacing it with NON-hydrogenated organic shortening. This is the brand I use:
    I hope you try out the cookies! They may be ugly, but they’re delicious!! 😀

  7. Laura Leslie: May 27, 2014

    Thanks for the suggestions 😀 is that better for you then butter ??? they look yummy to me 😉

  8. dessertswithbenefits: May 28, 2014

    You could definitely use butter too, it’s very similar to the nonhydrogenated shortening!
    If you use butter though, try to get organic and/or grass-fed butter rather than conventional :)

  9. sophie: June 16, 2014

    Just made these cookies and they turned out great!
    I didn’t do the filling because I was tight on time, so I just put the chocolate/peanut dough on baking sheets and made cookies!


  10. dessertswithbenefits: June 17, 2014

    YAY I’m so glad you made the cookies!! I’m glad the peanut butter filling turned out okay as cookies, I think I wanna try that next time :)

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