These vegan kidney-friendly cookies are a tasty spin on the classic Peanut Butter Cookie. If you’re a fan of peanut butter, they are perfect for when you’re hankering for a sweet treat!
What makes these cookies kidney-friendly?
- We swapped eggs for mashed banana in order to keep these cookies completely plant-based. Banana is a perfect vegan substitute for eggs when making chewy baked goods.
2. Sodium clocks in at about 80 mg per cookie, not too shabby! If you’re looking to slash sodium even more, Ener-G sodium baking soda substitute is a great no-sodium alternative.
Wondering if peanut butter is off limits when you have kidney disease?
You’ve probably seen peanut butter on the avoid list for chronic kidney disease. Peanut butter does in fact have some potassium and phosphorus. 2 Tablespoons of Salted Natural Peanut butter contains about 200 mg of Potassium and 115 mg phosphorus.
Fortunately, the phosphorus in plant-based sources is only about 40% absorbed. Therefore, we love including nuts and nut butters in moderation because nuts are a great source of plant-based protein and heart healthy fats. They’re also a great source of magnesium and zinc, important minerals for your overall health!
Portion size matters!
It’s easy to overdo with nuts and nut butters, they can be pretty addictive- trust us, we know! Paying attention to portion size can help keep potassium and phosphorus in check! One serving of nuts is equal to one ounce or 1/4 cup. For nut butters, stick to 2 tablespoons per serving.
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These vegan kidney-friendly cookies are a tasty spin on the classic Peanut Butter Cookie. Perfect for when you get a hankering for something sweet!
Recipe developed by Clarissa Paimanta, RD and tested by Jessica Prohn, MS, RD, CSR, LDN.
- ½ cup unsalted peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons mashed banana (about ¼ to ⅓ banana)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup all purpose flour (do not pack)*
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- A pinch of salt (only if your peanut butter is unsalted)
1. Preheat the oven to 350℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a mixing bowl, add peanut butter, mashed banana, maple syrup, and sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined with a wooden spoon – this mixture will be thick.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and a pinch of salt. Transfer dry mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients. Mix with a spoon until just combined and no flour streaks remain. Do not overmix.
4. Shape cookies into approximately 1-tbsp balls and line them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use the back of a fork to flatten and create a crisscross pattern.
5. Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes until the cookies have risen and the surface looks dry. Remove cookies from the oven and let cool completely (about 10-15 minutes). They will firm up as they cool.
6. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to 10 days.
*Flour: make sure not to pack your flour when measuring otherwise the recipe will come out very dry. To measure properly, use a spoon to lightly scoop flour into your measuring cup, then level it off with a knife. Do not scoop flour directly into the measuring cup or shake the measuring cup to level off the flour.
You may have heard that nuts, beans, and whole grains are not a great choice for a kidney-friendly diet because they are high in phosphorus. Wondering why we include them in many of our recipes? We include beans, nuts, and whole grains because only about 40% of phosphorus found in these plant foods are absorbed by humans. This makes them a good fit for most people’s diets! If you have questions about adding these foods to your diet, please reach out to your dietitian.
KidneyRD Verdict on these Kidney Friendly Peanut Butter Maple Cookies
If you’re a fan of Peanut butter, you have got to give these cookies a try! They were a hit with my whole family, we gobbled them all up in one day. The taste was very similar to a traditional Peanut butter cookie, but I preferred the texture of these thanks to the banana. Just one little tip- if you have a big family, you may want to make a double batch of these cookies if you don’t want them to disappear too quickly!
Let us know if you make this recipe in the comments below and let us know what you think!
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