One day when I was flipping through one of my old recipe notebooks (trying to sort through the vegan/non-vegan recipes) I came across one of my girlfriend’s favorite cookies- Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bakes. You know the ones. They’re those easy cookies made by boiling sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa powder together and then stirring in some peanut butter and oats. And you just plop them on a tray and set them in the fridge rather than having to bake them. Super EASY and incredibly addictive. I definitely remember them fondly….
Well, how easy would it be to make them vegan!? Very, verrrrrrry easy! Swap the cow’s milk for a non-dairy milk and the butter for some Earth Balance. Done.
Unfortunately though, just because they are vegan it does not necessarily mean that they are god for you (Hello! 2 cups granulated sugar and 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup butter…). So, I set out to come up with a HEALTHY vegan variation that could take me back to the taste of the good ol’ days.
AND I wanted to be able to make these for my kids as a power treat instead of an indulgent dessert.
I’m happy to say that I was able to come up with the perfect VEGAN Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookie!
Instead of butter I use coconut oil and rather than white, refined sugar, I use maple syrup. I omit the milk completely to make up for the added moisture from the syrup. And instead of raw oats (whose texture I found to be unpleasant once I made these changes) I use oat flour. [click to continue…]