Healthy Sunbutter Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Perfect cookies for nut allergies! These healthy sunbutter cookies are an earthy blend of sunflower butter and sweet maple syrup and made with gluten-free flour.


+ Allergy-friendly dessert! Sunflower seeds are a perfect alternative to nuts and make a lovely seed butter for cookies and baked goods in place of nut butters. The most common sunflower seed butter brand is Sunbutter, which makes all types of the nut-free allergy-free spreads.

+ Nourishing and made without processed sugars! These sunbutter cookies are incredible nourishing and made without processed sugars and white flours. Sunflower seeds are a rich source of iron, potassium and protein and the addition of using maple syrup adds B vitamins to these tasty dessert treats! These cookies are not super sweet, and are the perfect flavor combination when craving dessert!


  • Sunbutter sunflower seed butter spread – Sunbutter brand specifically is made in a factory free of the top 8 allergens.
  • Maple syrup – is the only sweetener used and gives these sunbutter cookies a soft center and crunchier exterior.
  • Egg – the binding agent that holds sunbutter cookies together. To make these cookies vegan, use ¼ cup of apple sauce in place of egg.
  • Baking powder, baking soda, salt and vanilla – leavening agents and flavor.
  • Gluten-free flour – although you can use any flour in equal amounts if gluten-free is not a concern.


STEP 1: Preheat the oven and line a baking pan with parchment paper, then heat the sunbutter in a microwave safe bowl for about 20 seconds to soften. Mix in the maple syrup, egg, and vanilla until it is well blended and has a creamed consistency.

STEP 2: Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix with a spatula until it forms a dough ball.

STEP 3: Scoop the sunbutter cookie dough with a cookie scoop into 1-inch balls, and set them on the prepared baking pan 2 inches apart.

STEP 4: Then with the back of a fork press the raw dough down and form a crisscross pattern on the top.

STEP 5: Bake for about 8 minutes then let cool for 5 minutes on the sheet pan before transferring the cookies to a cooling rack to cool.


Why did my sunbutter cookies turn green?

Yes, be aware that when baking with sunflower butter your cookies will turn green. That is because sunflower seeds have chlorogenic acid that is found in all plant leaves and stems. Chlorogenic acid is an antioxidant and is one of the reasons why sunflower butter is so good for you! When the acid is mixed with alkalinity in baking soda and baking powder it turns the cookies green.

Is sunflower butter better for you than peanut butter?

Not necessarily but if you have a peanut or nut allergy, Sunbutter is safe as it is made from seeds and not nuts.

What does sunflower butter taste like?

Sunflower seed butter has a roasted and earthy flavor slightly more intense than peanut butter or almond butter.


Store these sunbutter cookies in an airtight container for three days, or in the refrigerator for 5 days. 

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