These gluten free and grain free peanut butter cookies come together in minutes. With only a few ingredients, they’re so easy to make and taste just like the the real deal.

Gluten Free and Grain Free Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe, #glutenfree #highaltitudebaking

You know what I hate? Being injured. (And beets too but that’s for another day.) I’m that person who really depends on getting a solid workout in on a regular basis. And as much as I like the benefits of pants that fit well or having some muscle definition, I’ve realized its just as much, if not more, for my mental stability. I turn into crazy lady when I’m not breaking a sweat. It’s not pretty. I don’t sleep as well, I’m short with everyone around me and I feel yucky about myself. I never realize how much a workout is crucial to my sanity until I’m unable to workout for a bit and the crazy sets in. For the record, I don’t do crazy well.

Grain Free Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

I hurt my knee, again, last month playing soccer. For the record, it’s always freaking soccer. WHY AM I STILL PLAYING, I ask you???? (Don’t answer that, please.) Unfortunately the last few years, it’s gone something like this: I play soccer. I get hurt. I stop playing soccer and say I’m done for good. I heal. I feel good again. I start playing soccer again. I get hurt again. And so the story goes. I think it’s time (and perhaps long overdue) that I stop playing. As much as I love it, I’m done getting hurt and more importantly, done being out of commission. It’s such a bummer to play a great, hard game only to get hurt in the last few minutes. That’s how it happened and I’m now struggling a month later to get back into a regular workout routine. It sucks getting old.


And to boot, the longer I go without working out regularly, the more cookies I want to shove in my mouth. It’s such a vicious cycle and one my pants don’t really appreciate. So here I am a month out and it’s time for me to get serious again. About the workouts, not the cookies that is. I’m thinking of trying Cross Fit. I know it’s all the rage right now and I tend to shy away from what the norm is doing… but the few people I’ve talked to who do it, love it. And? They all have pretty rockin’ bods. I love the idea that workouts vary and at the gyms in my town, the class times work great for me. I’m just so freaking intimidated to start. I need a friend who will come with me. Anyone want to be that friend? I’ll make you cookies! The kids start school on monday and I’m thinking it’s the perfect time for me to start too. I’m seriously considering it and then thinking I’ll share my experience on the blog. How does that sound to you guys? Yay or nay on the idea of Mountain Mama sharing Cross Fit on the blog? Perhaps you’d prefer we keep things all cookies and milk…


Speaking of cookies, if you’re feeling sorry for yourself, sitting on the couch, and reminiscing about what a great soccer player you once were, these cookies might ease the pain just a bit. Not that I would know or anything…

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

These peanut butter cookies are grain free and taste just like the real thing. Moist, full of flavor and delicious!


  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup organic cane sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar to dip dough in (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine peanut butter, sugar and baking soda using a hand mixer on low.
  3. Add in egg, salt and vanilla extract. Blend until thoroughly combined.
  4. Roll cookie dough into 1-inch balls and if desired, roll cookie dough into additional granulated sugar.
  5. Place cookies on a lined cookie sheet, spacing them 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove cookies from pan and place on cooling rack to cool completely.


This cookie recipe has been modified for high altitude baking. I tested and made these cookies in my kitchen which sits just below 7000 feet.
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14 Responses to Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. Heather says:

    Girl, I do the same thing with running. I have had to tell my husband AND my neighbors that if they ever see me trying to run again to stop me and remind me that there’s only so much my poor knees can take. It’s hard when you love something though!

    These cookies look so so amazing…I need more peanut butter goodness in my life!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I’m going to make these cookies right now! Also, you, me, Crossfit @ 9:30 a.m. MWF. But first you have to join.

  3. Ahh I feel for you. My husband fell on his bike 3 weeks and has a separated AC shoulder split and he has been out of commission in the sports world. When he can’t work out or in his case volleyball (and usually soccer) he is pretty grumpy 🙂

    I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about CrossFit too, but man I’m out of shape. I might need to go back to my P90X trial run again for the 3rd time and stick with it. And I love these gluten free peanut butter cookies…perfect for our sans gluten family!

  4. Bree says:

    Ill go crossfit with u anytime!!! You can do it. First time is scary, but the best thing about crossfit is how the people take you in and theb love you & kick your ass at the same time! It’s amazing! You’re going to love it! Can’t wait to hear about your first time. Keep me posted!!

  5. Kristi says:

    I’m loving the simple ingredient list of these cookies.
    Crossfit intimidates me. I’ll love to see how it works for you since you’re just starting out.

  6. You know my vote 😉 I hope you do it, I just know that you’re going to love it, I promise!

  7. I’ve been thinking of trying CrossFit too as I am currently recovering from a year and a half nightmare of surgeries on my legs. These PB cookies look great, and I’d probably negate all the exercise eating them up 😉

  8. LaChondra Nevins says:

    Can you use flaxseed as sub for the egg and stuvia sugar instead?

  9. janet says:

    thanks for continuing to post such inspiring high altitude recipes. I am a regular visitor and have to say that those brownies are kill any other recipe! Here’s my question: Have you changed the website? I can’t find a search box anymore. Your picture has disappeared along with the “about” tab and basically it has become difficult for me to find my favorite recipes that you have shared. Maybe I am the only one having this problem but I thought I’d ask. Thanks, Janet

    • Kelley says:

      I’m having some technical difficulties for sure. It’s something when my site was updated. I hope to have it up and running by next week! Thanks for the comment!

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