SunButter Cookies (Grain & Dairy Free)

I adored peanut butter growing up, especially peanut butter cookies. I loved eating them warm–right out of the oven. Years later in college, I discovered almond butter and then I was really in heaven. I am still crazy about almond butter, but now I have a new favorite nut/seed butter: Sunflower Seed Butter. I’m addicted. I eat it by the spoonful, on top of bananas, on top of homemade bread…Yeah it’s pretty fabulous. It is also a great alternative to peanut butter for anyone that has a peanut allergy or avoids peanuts for health reasons.

These grain-free cookies remind me of the homemade peanut butter cookies I used to gobble up throughout my childhood. Thanks to this new treat, I’ve definitely found a new go-to-cookie. These cookies are jam packed with protein and fiber from almond flour, coconut flour and SunButter. 

1 cup coconut flour
1 cup SunButter (or Sunflower Seed Butter of choice)
1 cup room temperature organic vegetable shortening (I buy mine locally for about $5)
1 cup coconut sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. arrowroot
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add coconut flour, almond flour, sugar and shortening to a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in SunButter and eggs and beat for another minute. Place vanilla, arrowroot, baking soda and salt into the bowl and beat for 3 minutes.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place balls on ungreased cookie sheet and press down lightly on each cookie with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove cookies from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

Makes approximately 24 cookies.

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  1. Laura,

    These are beautiful! Really great recipe. I've heard that adding more baking soda to recipes with sunflower seed butter helps the green factor. Looks like you've got it down to a science! Can't wait to try these.


  2. YUM! I am trying to figure out why there is no green hue…the sunflower seed/baking soda combo always gives me one…but I have never done a cookie form, it has always been bars and muffins. Now I'm curious! I agree, peanut butter cookies were always one of my favorites, but I really love sunflower-seed butter too!

  3. I have tried it before with less baking soda and it also made them green 🙂 Somehow just a pinch more baking soda in a cookie form works wonders when I make it. Sunflower Seed Butter is so healthy and delicious-love it!

  4. These look incredible! I've never come across Sunflower Seed Butter here in the UK but I'll certainly be keeping an eye out, just in case!

  5. Hi Donna,

    I find it here next to the peanut and almond butter section of my local grocery and health food stores. You can also buy it on Amazon and iHerb. Hope you can get a hold of it soon-it's so yummy!

  6. These look delicious! I'll have to pick up some sun butter. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

  7. New Follower from yesterdays blog hop! The cookies look yummy! Cant wait to try them!

  8. those look great ! thanks I'll have to try them. I strive to eat gluten/sugar free…

    found you over at WLWW and I'm following you now.

    Thanks, Traci

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  9. Could you use something besides almond flour…like sweet rice flour? My son is allergic to almonds.

  10. Thanks so much Traci!

    You should be able to exchange sweet rice or brown rice flour for almond flour. I haven't tried it so can't promise it will be perfect, but I think it should work fine!

  11. I have never had sunbutter, but it sounds delicious! Your cookies look wonderful too. It's lovely they are so allergy friendly as well.

  12. Hi Laura,
    These look like wonderful cookies very thick and chewy, full of flavor. They need to be in my cookie jar! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. We love sunbutter even though we can eat peanut butter. It is delicious and is nice to keep on hand for our friends who have peanut allergies. Your cookies look awesome. I am featuring them on the Hearth and Soul Hop tomorrow.

  14. Such an honor-thank you so much Alea!

  15. Sounds amazing!! I have some almond butter in the pantry, so I may try these with it. Love this healthier treat recipe!! Thank you for sharing on Fit and Fabulous Fridays!

  16. Thanks Amy. If you try them with almond butter, let me know how they turn out. That sounds like a supper yummy alternative!

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